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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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A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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