Frequently Asked Lighting Questions and Basic Lighting Tips

  1. What is the best way to install my new lights or ceiling fan?

    There are installation instructions included in every lighting or fan box sold by Kichler Lighting. If you are at all uncomfortable with the instructions, we recommend you contact your local Kichler dealer for a referral to a licensed contractor or electrician.

  2. Casting or Stamping - How are they different?

    Casting is generally heavier with more detail and even more durability, whereas stamping is lighter and usually has less detail. Generally, cast fixtures are slightly more expensive than stamped products.

  3. Do Art Glass and Natural Stone lights always have the same coloration?

    Art Glass and Tiffany shades are natural materials - colors, patterns and textures will vary from piece to piece.

  4. What is the difference between damp & wet locations?

    If a fixture is listed as "Damp" it means it has been tested to withstand light moisture or raised humidity such as condensation or a light mist but are not supposed to get wet. When a fixture is listed as "Wet", it means that it can withstand heavier weather such as snow and/or rain, having been subjected to a 'rain test'.

  5. What Does Energy Star Qualified Mean On A LED (Solid State Lighting) Fixture?

    Energy Star qualification of consumer products continues to grow. The Energy Star logo is one of the most recognizable symbols of quality and performance in modern American culture. Because Energy Star qualification of Solid State lighting (LED) is relatively new, it is important to define what exactly qualifies a luminaire to carry the label. Following are a few of the key features and measurements that are required for qualification.

    General Requirements

    Correlated Color Temperature – (CCT) must fall within eight established color temperature quadrangles (Nominally 2700K, 3000K, 3500K, 4000K, 4500K, 5000K, 5700K or 6500K) and deliver specific temperature tolerances established for each of the individual numbers. (i.e. 2700K nominal must be 2725 ±145K, so it can range from 2580 to 2870K; 3000K nominal must be 3045 ±175K, or a range from 2870 to 3220K.)

    In addition to the tolerance, maximum temperature variances over its lifespan and viewing angle are defined.

    Color Rendering Index – (CRI) shall be a minimum of 75.

    Off-State Power – Lighting fixtures in the "off" state (not turned on) shall not draw power.

    Warranty – There is a minimum warranty of 3 years required for Energy Star luminaires.

    Life– LED must deliver at least 70% of initial lumen output after a minimum of 25,000 hours for residential indoor and 35,000 hours for residential outdoor and all commercial lighting.

    Power Supply – Must have a Power Factor ≥ 0.70 for residential and ≥ 0.90 for commercial lighting. Power supplies also have minimum operating temperatures of -20°C, maximum case temperatures and output operating frequency of ≥120 Hz. They must have a Class A sound rating and meet FCC Electromagnetic & Radio Frequency Interference requirements for consumer use as established by FCC 47 CFR Part 15/18.

    Safety – Luminaires must be covered by a safety test such as UL or CSA, etc.

    Type Specific Requirements

    Beyond the general requirements, specific categories of luminaires types must also meet product specific benchmarks, such as:

    Minimum Light Output

    Zonal Luminance Density - meaning that some specified percentage of the light output must be delivered in a specific direction or location

    Minimum Liminaire Efficacy

    Certain categories of luminaire types are also restricted to specific CCT levels (i.e. Cabinet Lighting must use only 2700, 3000 or 3500K)

    Energy Star qualified products are becoming the stand on which a number of "Green" standards are built. Energy Star qualified lighting is required for inclusion in:

    Energy Star Home

    LEED for Home

    National Green Building Standards

    These standards continue to mature and have (or will) increase the demand for Energy Star qualified lighting, well into the future.


  6. How should I prepare when shopping for lighting?

    First, know your budget. Second, if possible, look for pictures from magazines that reflect your taste. Third, collect fabric swatches or color chips for any area you are re-decorating.

  7. Steel vs. Solid Brass - How do you tell the difference?

    Simply place a magnet on the metal portion of a brass lighting fixture. If it sticks, it's steel. If it doesn't, it's solid brass, which is generally more costly.

  8. Chandelier Installation

    If you need help installing your chandelier (or any light), we recommend you contact your local Kichler dealer for a referral to a licensed contractor or electrician.

    Please Note: If a chandelier is heavier than 50 pounds, it will have to be mounted more securely to the ceiling or wall. Make sure there is enough support.

  9. How do I clean my fixture?

    Be certain electric current is turned off before cleaning.

    Clean metal components with a soft cloth, moistened with a mild liquid soap solution. Wipe clean and buff with a very soft dry cloth. Under no circumstances should any metal polish be used, as its abrasive nature could damage the protective finish placed on the metal parts.

    Wood components may be polished with a fine furniture polish, taking care to avoid getting the polish on the metal surfaces.

    Never wash glass shades in an automatic dishwasher, line a sink with a towel and fill with warm water and a mild liquid soap. Wash glass with a soft cloth, rinse and wipe dry.

  10. Bulb Color

    Wherever possible, use the same color bulbs in all lights in a room so the tone of the floors, surfaces, walls, etc. will be the same intensity.

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