The Best Residential Lighting Brands

Steve Sheinkopf  |  August 24, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

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For the last few Sundays, we decided to briefly introduce a product through video. Today, its lighting and our newest display, Visual Comfort.

This is Visual Comfort. Visual Comfort is designed by actual lighting designers.  So it is simple high quality pieces with not a lot of needless ornamentation.

We sell two different products, appliances and lighting. You know the best brands in appliances like Sub-Zero, Wolf, Thermador, Gaggenau and Miele. You probably even know the second tier brands like Jenn-Air, Electrolux and Bosch. If you didn’t have an idea, it’s easy to research appliance brands.

Now, do you know the best brands of lighting? Probably not. In fact, you cannot find that information anywhere. I think it’s important, because lighting sets the mood of the space.

What defines good lighting?

I could talk about components of the fixture and how they will last longer and hang straighter. Most lighting should and does last. But I think finish quality is the most noticeable difference especially premium finishes like polished chrome and English Brass.

This extends to crystal lighting and glass shades as well. The lead content of quality crystal is higher, so the crystal sparkles more in a room. Quality glass is a better Murano type.

Good lighting is really a small part of the overall budget, so it’s worth considering.

Best Lighting Brands

Following are some of the best brands in their category.

Wrought Iron: Hubbardton Forge


Crystal: Schonbek


Transitional: Visual Comfort


Transitional: Hudson Valley


Outdoor: Hinkley (top) / Northeast Lantern (bottom)



Pendants: Tech Lighting


Pendants: Oggetti


These brands represent the core of good lighting products available in the market. You may want to look for these manufacturers when you shop and compare the finishes and glass to others.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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