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  1. A solid mixture of ambient and task lighting creates a inviting lighting scheme in this great room. Credit: James Ray Spahn photo

    6 Steps to Proper Log Cabin Lighting

    To create a well-lit cabin, a comprehensive lighting plan paired with the right techniques is your recipe for a bright, cheery space.

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    Lighting: A New Path

    Traditional incandescent light bulbs are being cycled out, starting in 2012 — are you ready?

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    Lighting With Lanterns

    We love the look of lanterns in log homes. While the word lantern might be associated with something woodsy, we found styles that run the gamut — from campfire to Eastern-influenced. We see them hanging as pendants and chandeliers, or simply sitting on an end table providing chair-side lighting. Some even burn oil, for a […]

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    Lighting Design DIY

    lightingdesignlab.com Based in Seattle, the Lighting Design Lab is a hands-on workshop that’s been training lighting designers since 1989. Mine their considerable base of knowledge (click on the “Articles” tab on the home page) to find out everything from how to brighten hallways to the basics on dimmers. lightingplans.com Geared toward both consumers and professionals, […]

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    Log Home Lighting Tips – Every Room

    Room-by-room tips for properly lighting your log home

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    Log Home Lighting Tips – Bedroom

    • Install a low-wattage ceiling fixture so you have the option to illuminate the entire room if you need help waking up (or assistance finding your lost reading glasses). • Use swing-arm lamps or reading lights next to your bed so you can read yourself to sleep—and not have to get up to turn out […]

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    Log Home Lighting Tips – Bathroom

    • Install strip lights on either side of your mirror to achieve the best lighting for preening. • Use compact fluorescent bulbs to save energy costs and to render color accurately in the vanity area. • Add dimmer switches to all light sources to help your eyes adjust in the morning from dark to light. […]

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    Log Home Lighting Tips – Dining Area

    • Highlight artwork, select furnishings, or framed photography with adjustable accent lights. • Aim accent lights at the ceiling to give the room a bigger feel. This also will provide subtle ambient light without overwhelming the room. • Install a chandelier over your dining room table to light the room gently. Make sure that the […]

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    Log Home Lighting Tips – Living Room

    • Add visual interest and flexibility by placing light sources at various heights within the room. • Pair every chair with a high light-output reading lamp. • Use table lamps with translucent shades to add personal style while contributing to the overall ambient light level. • For activity-specific areas (think card table, billiards board, et […]

  10. Lighting Tips

    Striking the perfect balance between too much light (think hospital ER) and not enough light is a difficult challenge to navigate. Not to mention, if your home is built from logs, which naturally absorb light, you’ll need to up the ante with extra wattage, plus clever use of fixtures. Kitchen Install low-profile fluorescent fixtures above […]

  11. Guide to Log Home Lighting Companies

    Find lighting for your log home with one of these log home lighting companies.

  12. Inside Job

    Something funny happens to people when they build timber frame homes: They get caught up in a whitewashed frenzy. Many are so worried about taking away from the beauty of their wood posts and beams that they opt for sterile, vanilla walls throughout every inch of their houses. Others are brave enough to clad a […]


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