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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a lighting contractor that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified patio and deck company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated lighting contractor and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you’ll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Contra Costa County – Lighting CATEGORY

Tommy Herren is a landscape lighting specialist and owner of The Lighting Geek, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 350-6437 or by email.

Tommy Herren

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Tommy Herren: A Lighting Artist

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

GOLD RIVER — Tommy Herren had been working in the landscaping industry for some time before the lights came on—both literally and figuratively. “I was working as a general superintendent for a landscaping company and my boss asked me to give a demo of some exterior lighting products,” he recounts. “Prior to that, I hadn’t done any landscape lighting, but when I saw the effect it could have, it opened my eyes to the artistic possibilities. I mean, you’re basically painting with light, with the night sky as your canvas.”

Today, as owner of The Lighting Geek, Tommy says he enjoys “enlightening” others about the art of his trade. “I like training my employees and getting them excited about what we do. The same goes for my clients—they see us working all day in their yards with no idea of what the final product is going to look like, so it’s fun to see their reactions when we turn on the switch. If we don’t get an, ‘Oh, my God!’ there’s something wrong.”

Outside of work, Tommy spends the bulk of his time engaged in artistic pursuits, usually alongside his wife, Coco. “My wife and I are both art enthusiasts, and we enjoy things like photography and glassblowing,” he affirms. “I also do sculpture work and am in the process of writing a book. When I tell people all the activities I’m involved in, they usually don’t believe me!” Tommy and Coco also like scuba diving, indulging in local food and wine, and keeping up with their children and grandchildren, who are spread out from Sacramento to the East Coast.

In regard to his professional career, Tommy says a landscape lighting professional should have not only an artistic eye, but knowledge of landscape design as well. “Frankly, if you can’t name the plants in a landscape, you probably shouldn’t be lighting it. Having a familiarity with plants and trees allows a lighting contractor to look at things from a distinct perspective, which can mean the difference between a mediocre job and a masterful one.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Tommy says he’d take his passion for art to a new level. “I’d definitely invest more energy into my artistic pursuits. Coco and I have a dream of opening an art studio big enough to share with other artists, particularly those who can’t afford spaces of their own. I think it would be very rewarding to help talented people who lack the monetary means to get their work out there.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Wine. I have about 500 bottles at the house!

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Bridges Restaurant and Bar in Danville.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Read a book by the fire.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: France—not just because of the great wine and food, but the history and architecture as well.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Hummus and tortilla chips.

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INDUSTRY INFORMATION AND RESEARCHED ARTICLES BY THE DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESOURCE

  • Lutron

  • Cutler-Hammer

  • Leviton

  • Kichler

If you still need more information about local lighting contractors, the following organizations and associations may be able to provide it.

Contractors State License Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)
American Lighting Association (ALA) (http://www.americanlightingassoc.com/)
National Association of Independent Lighting Distributors (NAILD) (www.naild.org)
International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) (http://www.iald.org/)
Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNA) (http://www.iesna.org/)
Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) (www.aolponline.org)
The Lighting Association (LA) (http://www.lightingassociation.com/)

Know What You Want
Think About Your Lighting Needs

Start by asking yourself a few questions about your existing lighting, the services you want, and your goals for the project. The answers to these questions will inform your interview process as you talk with lighting contractors in Pleasant Hill, Concord, Martinez, Richmond and Brentwood and throughout Contra Costa County.

As you consider these questions, write down your answers so that you have a clear case to present to the companies you interview. This can help you formulate interview questions and ensure that you stay on track and get what you need from the company you end up hiring.

  1. Do I want a Diamond Certified lighting company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  2. What services do I need (new home lighting, lighting retrofitting, installation of recessed lighting, pendant lighting, chandelier installation, track lighting, kitchen lighting, bathroom lighting, etc.)?
  3. What is my budget for my home lighting installation or repairs/commercial lighting installation and repairs?
  4. Are there any job specifics that may impact my job? (i.e. existing light fixtures, light fixtures I want to keep, specific fixtures I want to have installed, existing code violations, etc.)
  5. What professional qualities and characteristics do I want in my Contra Costa County electrician? These may include timeliness, cleanliness, good communication skills, knowledge base, experience, and follow-up service.
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What To Ask In Person
Invite Contra Costa County Lighting Contractors to Give You a Work Estimate

Following your phone interviews, you should have a couple of contractors in mind that seem to offer the services you need and the customer service you want.

Now it’s time to invite a few of the best to your home or business to bid on the work you need to have done. Set up appointments with approximately three companies to come to your location and view the existing lighting and talk with you about your goals for the project. They should then offer you a bid or estimate for the work.

Ask for the estimate in writing and request that it be itemized, if possible. This way, you’ll see how much you can expect to spend for labor, materials, and other costs. A line-item estimate should also include brand names or specific light fixtures (if known) so you can determine quality.

Having Contra Costa County lighting contractors come to your location also gives you a chance to ask the final questions that, when put together with your earlier interviews and the written estimates, will help you choose which light installation contractor to hire.

Here are some sample questions you may want to ask:

  1. How long will the lighting installation or repair work take?
  2. What lighting systems and lighting products do you recommend for my home or business?
  3. Can you install eco-friendly or more efficient lighting systems?
  4. Do you have experience with dimmers, low-voltage, green lighting, automated lights or other specialty products in which I may be interested?
  5. Have you completed similar work in my area of Contra Costa County?(This may include Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Concord, Richmond, Brentwood, Danville, Antioch, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg and San Ramon, Orinda, Knightsen, Alamo, Diablo, North Richmond, Walnut Heights, Hercules, El Sobrante and other areas.)
  6. Do you have a list of recent customer references that I can call?
  7. How do you finish your lighting installations and repairs?
  8. How should I handle future lighting service issues?
  9. Will you be responsible for warranty work if there’s a problem with my new lighting systems, fixtures or materials?
  10. Is there anything I can do to make the lighting upgrade process go smoother?
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  • What To Ask References
    More Information from References of Contra Costa Lighting Companies

    Choosing among Diamond Certified lighting contractors is smart because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass.

    If you want quality from a lighting contractors in Contra Costa County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find Diamond Certified lighting contractors within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. Start by calling some references provided by your Contra Costa County lighting contractors.

    It is important to know, however, that references provided to you by lighting contractors in Concord, Richmond, Antioch, Walnut Creek and Pittsburg and throughout Contra Costa County are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process.

    That’s because references given to customers from lighting companies are almost always cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from their entire customer database. So the lighting companies you’re considering will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied, and that may not give you the most rounded view of what you can expect from their services.

    If you do call references on your own, ask for a list of the lighting company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    Then call those clients and ask questions, including some of the following:

    1. Were you satisfied with the service from _(lighting company name)_?
    2. What was the type and scope of job they did for you (new lighting fixture installation, home lighting system upgrades, chandelier installation, pendant light installation, installation of canned lights or recessed lights, ceiling fan installation, commercial lighting design, kitchen and bathroom lighting, under cabinet lighting, etc.)?
    3. Were the lighting professionals prompt and personable?
    4. Did the Contra Costa County lighting expert explain to you the status of the work during the job?
    5. Did this company complete the work on time?
    6. Were there unexpected costs? If so, what were they for and were they avoidable?
    7. Did the electricians charge extra to travel to your home if you live in a smaller Contra Costa County town such as Moraga, Lafayette, Briones, Canyon,  Rheem Valley, Pinole, Vine Hill, Maltby, Blackhawk, Clyde, Tara Hills?
    8. Did the lighting contractors clean up after finishing the job?
    9. Would you recommend this lighting installation service to friends or family?
    10. When you need new lighting or lighting repairs in the future, will you hire this company?
    11. What was the best thing about this company?
    12. Is there anything I should know before hiring them?
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  • Review Your Options
    Review Your Research to Decide on the Best Lighting Contractor for Your Needs

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    There are many good lighting companies in Contra Costa County to choose from, and you should be prepared to make that decision now that you’ve done your research.

    Look over the notes you took during your interviews and the estimates you received. Then think about the following questions. The right lighting contractor for your needs should be obvious.

    1. Does one of the lighting contractors meet your needs for lighting services, supplies and materials, brands and installation or repairs?
    2. Are the Contra Costa County lighting companies knowledgeable about the repairs and new lighting fixtures that you need?
    3. Can they explain to you which products and brands best fit your needs?
    4. Is the contractor sensitive to your budget?
    5. Can they give you bids that fit your resources?
    6. Do the Contra Costa County lighting contractors guarantee their work and offer warranties on the lighting products and fixtures that they install?
    7. Did one of the local lighting companies stand out from the others in terms of customer service, attention to detail and ability to work well with you?
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  • How To Work With
    What to Do Before You Hire Contra Costa County Lighting Companies

    The articles above will help you interview and research local lighting contractors in and around San Ramon, Danville, Brentwood, Martinez and Pleasant Hill or your area. There are also some tips you might want to take into account as you move forward with the hiring process.

    First, think about your end goal for this lighting project. If the job is a big one, you may want to start small and hire the contractor for a shorter-term job in order to learn more about them. This will give you confidence that you have hired the best lighting contractor for your job.

    It’s wise to have a very clear understanding of the job at hand before you hire a company. While you will most likely want to take their advice and suggestions into account, and you may very well change your vision or details of the project once you’ve talked with a professional, having a clear idea of what you want and need before contacting professional lighting companies in Contra Costa County can help you keep your job on budget and within your overarching plan. It’s easy to add to jobs until they far exceed your original plans or budget, so coming into the process with a goal in mind will help you reign in your planning.

    Look for Contra Costa County lighting companies that offer a good value, not just cheap prices. Remember, you usually get what you pay for. While you want a fairly-priced job, you also need to understand that cheap doesn’t usually equal quality. Seek out lighting contractors who use top quality products, name brand lighting fixtures and have the skills to install them correctly the first time. Good lighting contractors in Pleasant Hill, Concord, Martinez, Richmond and Brentwood, Moraga, Lafayette, Briones, Canyon,  Rheem Valley, Pinole, Vine Hill, Maltby, Blackhawk, Clyde, Tara Hills and other areas will price their services fairly, while still charging enough to keep their businesses running and in good financial shape so they can continue to serve customers.

    Communicate with your lighting contractor or the companies you’re asking for bids. Tell them exactly what you want and expect, and give them all the specifics you know—including samples. For example, if you want a large chandelier and have photos of ones you like, give those to the contractors so they can see exactly what you’re hoping for. This will enable them to give you more accurate bids, and it will help you trust the numbers and promises they’re giving you.

    Finally, limit your search to local lighting experts who work in and around Contra Costa County and have a good reputation in the area. Some contractors come in from far-away areas to do work in the Bay Area. This might make them a cheaper choice or may give them some fast income, but it isn’t often the best choice for local homeowners. Instead, it can be a much smarter choice to hire a local Contra Costa County contractor (or one that lives nearby your location). That way, if you need them for warranty work or other issues, it can be easier to get them to return to your home or business because they are based locally and near you.

    How to Proceed Once You’ve Found a Good Lighting Contractor
    Finding a good Contra Costa County lighting contractor in Danville, Antioch, San Ramon, Walnut Creek and Pittsburg and your area is only the first step. Now, you’ll want to get a contract in writing. This contract should include the scope of the work, materials and products to be used (brand names and even product or SKU numbers if known), the time line for the job, starting dates, an official estimate or bid for the lighting work (itemized by materials and labor, if possible), payment terms, and other details. You should also ask for warranties in writing.

    You’ll sign this contract, as will your lighting contractor. However, you’ll want to read through it first to be sure you understand and agree to all terms. Contracts are legally-binding documents, and you will be held liable for any terms to which you agree. Ask any questions you may have before signing the contract.

    Good contracts protect your interests and those of your contractor, so never sign a blank or incomplete document, or one that you don’t agree with.

    It’s appropriate to ask for changes, or to write in any additional items upon which you’ve agreed that aren’t included in the contract you’re given.

    Better Preparation Makes for A Better End Product
    Regardless of the type or scope of work for which you’re hiring, you can help the job go more smoothly and perhaps even save some time and money by taking a few easy steps to get ready for the job at hand.

    Here are a few things you can do before and after your Contra Costa County lighting contractor arrives to help the work move along more smoothly.

    • List the specific repairs or lighting installation work you need done, and any questions or concerns about the job. This way, you’ll be more likely to get the service and answers you need and possibly cut down on the length of time the job takes, which can lower billable hours.
    • Clear unnecessary items from the areas where the lighting contractor will be working. Make sure they have access to the areas where the lighting is being installed or repaired. This may include moving furniture or objects that are in the way or that pose tripping or falling hazards.
    • Keep pets and children out of the work area. Your lighting contractor may have to leave wires exposed materials on the site of larger or more complicated jobs. In this case, keep family members and pets out of the rooms where the work is taking place until the job is completed.
    • Talk with your home lighting contractor about the duration of the job and his or her preferences for keeping the areas clean and free from distractions or dangers.
    • Ask your lighting company representative what you can do to help speed along the job or make the work easier. There may be simple steps you can take to increase the lighting installers’ efficiency, which can shorten the time spent and the overall cost of the job.
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  • Be a Good Customer
    Simple Ways to Increase Your Odds of Getting Good Lighting Services

    The best Contra Costa County lighting contractors in Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Concord, Richmond, Brentwood, Danville, Antioch, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg and San Ramon and beyond will install quality products and give you the best service and installation possible. But your actions can impact the long-term success of the lighting work, too.

    Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring Contra Costa County lighting contractors.

    • Be clear and upfront with the lighting contractors. Let them know what you want from your lighting design, repairs and installation; the long-term outcome you expect, and what they can do to meet and exceed your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a lighting contractors in Contra Costa County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the lighting contractors representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local lighting contractors occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your lighting contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your lighting installation service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re lighting contractors. The work will move along more smoothly if your lighting contractors can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the lighting contractors on schedule.
    • Pay for the lighting services work promptly.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Good lighting contractors in Contra Costa County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. The lighting installation or writing repairs may go smoother and any problems you encounter may be more easily resolved if you’ve taken time to build a good working relationship.

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Check The Work
Compare the Invoice with the Actual Lighting Services Provided

When the work is completed, ask your lighting company representative to show you the work that was done and explain any use or care instructions with you. While you’re looking at the completed work, compare it to the invoice and make sure everything matches.

The invoice from your lighting contractors company should include the following:

  • The lighting contractors contractor’s name, physical address and state license number.
  • A complete list of all work performed.
  • An itemized list of all materials used.
  • The total cost for the lighting contractors services, including the itemized amount charged for labor.
  • A written explanation of any warranties or guarantees provided by the product manufacturers and the lighting contractors contractors.

Now is the time to ask questions. If you note a discrepancy between your invoice and the completed work, or you think there was an error, bring it up now with your contractor. It can sometimes be difficult to get answers or a resolution to problems once the invoice has been paid and the contractor has left your home.

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Written Warranties
Get All Warranties for New Lighting in Writing

You’ve done your research before hiring the Contra Costa County lighting contractor that best suits your needs. But even if that contractor does his or her best work and installs quality products, you should as for and expect guarantees on the workmanship and  products installed.

These warranties will protect you and will help you know what to do in the event of a problem with the installation or the materials themselves.

Whether you live in Concord, Richmond, Antioch, Walnut Creek and Pittsburg or anywhere else in the Bay Area, ask your lighting contractor about warranty coverage, and get those guarantees in writing.

The following items should be included in any written guarantee document:

  • The Contra Costa County lighting contractor’s name, physical address and state license number.
  • A description of what exactly the warranty covers. This should include whether the contractor will repair or replace any faulty materials or workmanship.
  • Warranty coverage information for products or light fixtures installed by the lighting contractor and how to redeem or activate that coverage.
  • Any exclusions must be explicitly stated.
  • Your responsibility in the case of a problem and what you need to do in order to redeem the warranty.
  • How long the warranty is valid, and whether it expires on a specific day or is prorated (meaning, the warranty coverage and amount owed for repair or replacement diminishes over time).
  • If the warranty coverage is transferable to the new owner if you sell the home or commercial building in which the work was done.
  • Any actions on your part that may invalidate the warranty.
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Top 10 Requests
Lighting Services and Fixtures Commonly Requested from Contra Costa County Lighting Contractors

Quality lighting companies can usually provide almost any fixtures, installation services, lighting design services, and lighting systems to meet your needs and make your dreams a reality. There are some services and fixtures, however, that are more commonly requested in Contra Costa County than others.

The following are the most popular light fixtures and lighting services requested of lighting contractors in San Ramon, Danville, Brentwood, Martinez and Pleasant Hill and throughout Contra Costa County.

Pendant Lighting
Pendant lights are light fixtures that hang from the ceiling suspended by a rod, chain or cord. These are single-light fixtures that are often hung in groups or rows over dining tables, bars, kitchen countertops, or other areas where direct light is wanted.

New Light Fixtures
New light fixtures including decorative ceiling fixtures, mini pendant lights, entryway chandeliers, under cabinet lighting for kitchens, recessed lighting, interior and exterior lighting, ceiling lights, lamps, fluorescent lighting, halogen lights, and more are available from lighting contractors in Pleasant Hill, Concord, Martinez, Richmond and Brentwood and beyond. Some require installation while others are easy enough for homeowners to install themselves.

New Chandeliers and Chandelier Installation
Chandeliers are decorative, hanging light fixtures that have multiple light bulbs or points of light. Chandeliers are most often installed in entryways and dining rooms, and often require taller ceilings to accommodate their size.

Under-Cabinet Lighting in Contra Costa County
Kitchen cabinets and other cabinetry can cast shadows and create dark spaces. Under-cabinet lighting fixes that problem. Under-cabinet lights are usually installed under cabinets, shelves or other hanging or mounted surfaces. It can give ambient lighting, accent lighting, spot lighting, or localized lighting depending on the type of light fixture installed and location.

Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting, also known as pot lights or can lights/canister lights, are light fixtures that are installed into openings in a ceiling. The trim around the light is visible, but the light and it’s inner workings are recessed into the ceiling. These lights are often used for lighting large spaces, lighting dark corners, and providing spot lights or directed light onto works of art or other highlighted items.

Track Lighting Installation Services
Track lighting fixtures are those that are mounted on tracks, which are mounted to walls or ceilings. Track lights can be moved anywhere along the track and are flexible. This allows for variable positions and enables homeowners and business owners in Danville, Antioch, San Ramon, Walnut Creek and Pittsburg, Clayton, Byron, Los Medanos, San Pablo, Rodeo, Martinez, Crockett, Discovery Bay and other areas to aim the lights where they are needed.

Fluorescent Lights
Fluorescent lights are light bulbs with a special coating that emit light. These are efficient light sources that lose little energy in the form of heat when lit. Fluorescent lights are popular in kitchens, basements, garages and other areas where bright lighting is preferred. Old style fluorescent lighting isn’t decorative and is more utilitarian in style.

Bathroom Lighting Fixtures
Bathroom lighting is usually in the form of vanity lights and ceiling lights. Adequate bathroom lighting is needed over the mirror and as a general lighting fixture in the center of the ceiling. Specialty bathroom lighting fixtures include task lighting over the mirror, sconces or vertical light fixtures, bathroom lighting that provides heat, shower or bathtub lighting, spa lighting, bathroom chandeliers, pendant lights, recessed lighting and more.

LED Lighting and LED Light Bulbs
LED lighting, which stands for light-emitting diode lighting, is an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional incandescent light bulbs. LED lights are long-lasting and energy-saving, making them a popular choice. Most LED light bulbs aren’t overly bright, but they are a smart choice for ambient lighting and other decorative light fixtures and lamps.

New Kitchen Lighting
Kitchen lighting includes lighting for all of the activities homeowners do in their kitchen. This may include recessed lights for overall lighting, task lighting for counters and tables, ambient lighting for mood, under-cabinet lighting, decorative lighting, stove lights, sink lighting, pendant lights over bars and islands, mini-track lighting and more.

Popular Lighting Brands Available Through Professional Lighting Companies

  • Kichler Lighting
  • Lithonia Lighting
  • Hinkley Lighting
  • Juno
  • Cree
  • Philips
  • Troy
  • Leviton
  • Lightolier
  • Cooper
  • GE
  • Tech Lighting
  • Tom Dixon
  • Elan Lighting
  • Sylvania
  • RAB Lighting
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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms Associated with Home Lighting and Commercial Lighting

accent lighting
Directional lighting installed to emphasize or to draw attention to a specific area or item. Accent lighting is often used to accent or highlight art or artistic features in a room. Accent lighting may include uplighting, down lighting, spot lighting and more.

Also known as: accent lights, accent lamps, up-lighting

ambient lighting
Ambient lighting is general lighting, background lighting, and/or fill lighting in a given space or room. Ambient lighting lights up an entire room or entire space, but it doesn’t provide directed light, work lighting, task lighting or accent lighting. A single ceiling fixture is often responsible for ambient lighting in a room, while lamps and other fixtures provide lighting in certain areas or to accent the space.

Also known as: general lighting

bathroom lighting fixtures
Bathroom lighting is usually in the form of vanity lights and ceiling lights. Adequate bathroom lighting is minimally needed over the mirror and as a general lighting fixture in the center of the ceiling. Specialty bathroom lighting fixtures include task lighting over the mirror, sconces or vertical light fixtures, bathroom lighting that provides heat, shower or bathtub lighting, spa lighting, bathroom chandeliers, pendant lights, recessed lighting and more.

Also known as: bathroom lights, bathroom sconces, bathroom mirror lighting, vanity lighting

chandeliers
Chandeliers are decorative, hanging light fixtures that have multiple light bulbs or points of light. Chandeliers are most often installed in entryways and dining rooms, and often require taller ceilings to accommodate their size.

Also known as: pendant chandeliers, crystal chandeliers, ornate light fixtures, formal light fixtures

cove lighting
Lighting sources and lamps that are shielded by a ledge or a horizontal recess such as a shelf or wall recess, and that distribute light over the ceiling and upper wall are known as cove lighting.

Also known as: alcove lighting, home cove lights

cross lighting
Illumination or lighting of an object or area from two light sources located opposite each other is known as cross-lighting. Cross lighting can be accomplished by positing lamps or light fixtures in opposite corners or angles and aiming them toward each other.

Also known as: cross-lighting, cross lighting sources, cross lit

dimmer
Dimmers are devices that allow a user to vary the brightness of light bulbs in a lighting installation or light fixture. Dimming controls are a smart choice for almost any room because they allow the user to choose the amount of light wanted for each activity or mood.

Also known as: light dimmer, dimmer switch, dimmable lights, dimming light fixtures

direct lighting
Direct lighting is usually provided by lamps, luminaires, ceiling fixtures, and other light fixtures usually affixed in a way that directs the light straight down onto the surface to be illuminated.

Also known as: direct lights

emergency lighting
Emergency lighting systems are designed to provide light required for safety during power failures and emergencies. Emergency lighting is usually comprised of a single bulb or floodlight per area and is minimal, as it’s only intended for providing illumination to allow people to leave a building or get to safe areas within the building during emergencies.

Also known as: emergency lights, disaster lights, emergency exit lighting

extended life lamps
Incandescent lamps that are rated to have an average life of 2,500 or more hours are considered extended life lamps or extended life bulbs. Extended lightbulbs usually put out less light than standard general lights with the same wattage rating.

Also known as: long life lamps, extended life bulbs, long life bulbs

fluorescent lamps
Fluorescent lights are light bulbs with a special coating that emit light. These are efficient light sources that lose little energy in the form of heat when lit. Fluorescent lights are popular in kitchens, basements, garages and other areas where bright lighting is preferred. Old style fluorescent lighting isn’t decorative and is more utilitarian in style.

Also known as: fluorescent lamp installation, fluorescent lights, fluorescent light bulbs, fluorescent light fixtures

new kitchen lighting
Kitchen lighting includes lighting for all of the activities homeowners do in their kitchen. This may include recessed lights for overall lighting, task lighting for counters and tables, ambient lighting for mood, under-cabinet lighting, decorative lighting, stove lights, sink lighting, pendant lights over bars and islands, mini-track lighting and more.

Also known as: kitchen lighting, decorative kitchen lighting, cooking lights, under-cabinet lighting

lamp
A source of light usually consisting of a decorative base, light bulb, decorative shade, and electric plug.

Also known as: portable lamp, table lamp, luminaire lamp, electric lamp

LED lighting
LED lighting, which stands for light-emitting diode lighting, is an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional incandescent light bulbs. LED lights are long-lasting and energy-saving, making them a popular choice. Most LED light bulbs aren’t overly bright, but they are a smart choice for ambient lighting and other decorative light fixtures and lamps.

Also known as: LED lamps, light-emitting diode lighting, LED lights

new light fixtures
New light fixtures including decorative ceiling fixtures, mini pendant lights, entryway chandeliers, under cabinet lighting for kitchens, recessed lighting, interior and exterior lighting, ceiling lights, lamps, fluorescent lighting, halogen lights, and more are available from local lighting contractors. Some require installation while others are easy enough for homeowners to install themselves.

Also known as: new lighting, new lighting installation, home light fixtures, residential light fixtures, commercial light fixtures, interior light fixtures, exterior lightfixtures, outdoor light fixtures

pendant light
Pendant lights are light fixtures that hang from the ceiling suspended by a rod, chain or cord. These are single-light fixtures that are often hung in groups or rows over dining tables, bars, kitchen countertops, or other areas where direct light is wanted.

Also known as: suspended luminaire, suspended light, hanging light, hanging pendant, drop light, suspender light, suspension light, single hanging light fixture

recessed lighting
Recessed lighting are light fixtures that are installed into openings in a ceiling. The trim around the light is visible, but the light and it’s inner workings are recessed into the ceiling. These lights are often used for lighting large spaces, lighting dark corners, and providing spot lights or directed light onto works of art or other highlighted items.

Also known as: pot lights, canister lights, can lights, ceiling lights

task lighting
Lighting directed to a specific surface or area to  provides illumination for specific tasks such as desk space/office work, crafting, and other activities. Task lighting may be provided by a freestanding lamp or a lighting fixture with directed, directable bulbs.

Also known as: task lamps, desk lighting, positionable lighting

track lighting
Track lighting fixtures are are mounted on electricity-conducting tracks, which are mounted to walls or ceilings. Track lights can be moved anywhere along the track and are flexible. This allows for variable positions and enables homeowners and business owners to aim the lights where they are needed.

Also known as: track-lighting, track lights, flexible track lighting

under-cabinet lighting
Kitchen cabinets and other cabinetry can cast shadows and create dark spaces. Under-cabinet lighting fixes that problem. Under-cabinet lights are usually installed under cabinets, shelves or other hanging or mounted surfaces. It can give ambient lighting, accent lighting, spot lighting, or localized lighting depending on the type of light fixture installed and location.

Also known as: under kitchen cabinet lighting, lighting under cabinets, countertop lighting, undercabinet lighting, accent lighting

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Lighting Questions

The following questions are some that customers often ask of lighting contractors. While every contractor uses his or her own methods and has preferences for design, materials, workmanship, quality and services offered, these answers are likely to be representative of answers you will get from your lighting contractor.

If you have specific questions that will impact your job or your desire to hire or work with a specific lighting company, be sure you ask those during the interview process or while the work is taking place.

Q: Why choose Diamond Certified lighting contractors?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a lighting contractors with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only lighting contractors rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified lighting contractors.

Q: Will new lighting save me money?
A: New energy-saving fixtures and light bulbs are available and can in fact lower your energy bills. If this is important to you, your lighting contractor should be able to suggest energy-efficient light fixtures and light bulbs (including CFL light bulbs and LED lights) that both look great and function well.

Q: Will energy-efficient lighting be dimmer or less useful than my current light fixtures?
A: Advances in energy-saving light fixtures means that you can save energy and actually get better lighting in your home if you choose the right light fixtures, correct bulbs and correct placement. Look for high-quality, name-brand, guaranteed light fixtures and energy efficient light bulbs that are the correct wattage for the fixtures. Your lighting contractor should also have experience in and be able to suggest products that meet and exceed your needs.

Q: Can local lighting companies provide lighting design and installation services?
A: Yes. Many good lighting companies provide design, installation, repair and other services for homes and businesses in your area. This can include lighting system design, custom lighting for homes and businesses, installation and other details to make your residential or commercial lighting more efficient and effective for your needs.

Q: Why should I hire a licensed lighting contractor for my job?
A: While most contractors and even handymen and homeowners can install boxed light fixtures, you are wise to hire a licensed lighting contractor if you need specialty lighting, canned light installation, a new light system, or other work that is more detailed than simply screwing in a new light fixture. Lighting contractors will be more knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to products and installation techniques, so they will be able to give you better advice and, likely, better service. Of course, you always want to protect yourself and your property by hiring a licensed contractor who has the correct credentials and insurance coverage to provide services to clients.

Q: Can you install my new lighting system or new lights without disrupting my home or business?
A: That depends on the work you’re having done, the size and scope of your project, and other unique aspects of your job. Talk with your contractor to see what they estimate to be the chance of interruptions. Most good lighting contractors can work around your schedule and will do their best to accommodate your needs. For example, they will likely schedule the work during the day when you’re at work, or during evening and weekend hours when your business isn’t open to minimize disruptions. Others are skilled at providing services with minimal to no interruptions to service or individuals in the home or business. However, very large jobs or complete lighting system overhauls may take several days and may require the power to be turned off.

Q: Can lighting be to blame for headaches, eye strain, low worker productivity, hyperactivity in children and other physical problems?
A: Yes. Poor lighting and inappropriate lighting sources have been known to cause problems for homeowners and businesses. Headaches, eye strain, productivity, hyperactivity, low energy and other problems may be a result of bad lighting or lighting that isn’t being used correctly. A licensed lighting contractor should be able to assess your current lighting system and suggest new lighting fixtures, systems, bulbs or other features to address these and other problems.

Q: What if I have a very small budget?
A: Most lighting contractors can offer budget-friendly designs, installations and materials options. Some even offer financing or will accept credit cards. Good lighting contractors should be willing to talk with you about your needs and wants, and then try to find solutions to fit your budget. It is important to be upfront about your ideal and absolute budget from the start so that your lighting contractor knows what you have to work with. If you can’t afford to do the work now, getting a quote or bid will help you know how much you need to plan to save before moving forward. Remember, though, you usually get what you pay for when hiring a contractor. Avoid hiring the cheapest contractor you find if that contractor can’t also promise quality work and materials, and back up their work with guarantees on workmanship and products. You’re better off waiting to do the job right than hiring a cheap or unlicensed contractor, because that can cost you money in the long run.

Q: Are there any rebates that can make my job more affordable?
A: Depending on the fixtures and features you choose and the area in which you live, you may find rebates are available. Talk with your lighting contractor about your specific case, as they should be knowledgeable about what’s available to you and in your area.

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