Barry Stanton knows a lot about light.  As owner of Brevard Lighting in Cocoa he’s helped brighten the lives of Space Coast residents for 46 years.  Stanton prides himself on helping people find the right lighting for the right décor.

“It’s more than just lighting.  We create art. Our customers tell us what they like and we get a sense of what will work for them.

What’s New

These days’ people are gravitating towards contemporary. They’re shying away from the Tuscan lines and toward clean lines in chrome and nickel. One theory is that the current economic climate is causing people to shed the old and simplify their lives.

Energy Efficient Lighting

LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting is what’s in the news right now, but is still an emerging technology, especially for home use.  When you start to make the transition to where it looks good and works right, LED lighting can be very expensive.  CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lighting) remains the most popular energy efficient choice. With these bulbs you can replace a 60-watt bulb with a 13-watt bulb and still get the same luminescence.

One of the more important things people need to take into consideration when utilizing CFL’s is that there are different color temperatures of the bulbs.  The ‘cool’ white has more blue and is more effective in places like kitchens and bathrooms.  When it comes to living areas, ‘warm’ white lighting may be more effective.  Since CFL’s are not dimmable it’s important to make sure you have the right color for the right room.

Halogen lighting remains the best solution for showcasing artwork.  CFL’s and fluorescent lights diminish the look and colors in the artwork.

Something Old Becomes New

Sometimes when it come to rejuvenation there’s nothing better than changing out a lampshade. Stanton maintains, “the proper shade on a lamp is very much like the proper frame on artwork.  It can make a world of difference.”

Repairing a family heirloom is also an option.  “People have lamps that belonged to their mothers or grandmothers that they can’t bear to part with,” so Stanton suggests fixing them and incorporating the “new” treasure into their décor.