Light Fixture Rating & Review Guide

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Light Fixture Rating & Review Guide

There are many elements that come together in the process of creating light fixtures, and each one of these elements has a different level of quality from different manufacturers. At Del Mar Fans & Lighting, we have a lighting review system based on the level of quality that the manufacturer puts into each element for each light fixture.

We then average the elements for an overall light fixture rating: from 1 star being the lowest overall quality, to 5 stars being the highest overall quality light fixture we carry.

The list of elements used to determine the overall value of a light fixture are:

Materials Used Finish Quality Product Design
Workmanship Light Bulbs & Technology Brand Value

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Example Lighting Rating:
6LT Napa Chandelier by Kalco Lighting
Kalco 6LT Napa Chandelier

 

Item Description Rating
Materials Used
Base Score = 3.0
Blown Glass (+1.0),
Wrought Iron (+1.0)
Rating
Workmanship
Base Score = 3.0
Handcrafted in the U.S. (+2.0),
Hand Forged Wrought Iron (+2.0)
Rating
Finish Quality
Base Score = 3.0
Hand Painted (+1.0)
Rating
Light Output Technology
Base Score = 3.0
Halogen (+1.0)
Rating
Product Design
Base Score = 3.0
Original Design (+2.0)
Rating
Brand Value
Base Score = 2.0
Lower Environ. Impact (+1.5),
Good Customer Service (+1.0),
Accurate Ship Times (+1.0)
Rating
Overall
Average of other elements Rating


Materials Used

Manufacturers like Kichler Lighting use a variety of different materials to create a light fixture. Some materials are valued higher than others; these higher value materials create a longer lasting, more precious and more durable lighting fixture than the average.

Bronze, Wood, Brass, Silver Light Fixture Materials

The most common materials and the values we give each are: (Start with 3 Stars)

Things that increase a light rating:
Element Rating Boost
Solid brass, stainless steel,
and copper finishes
Rating
Crystal (Swarovski) Rating
Wrought Iron, Iron Rating
Blown Glass (Artesian Glass,
Hand Blown Glass)
Rating
Seashell
(Mother of Pearl, Mussel Shell,
Capiz Shell, Oyster Shells)
Rating
Stone (Alabaster, Slate, Calcite) Rating
Cast Aluminum Rating
Wood Rating
Acrylic Rating
Resin Rating
Things that decrease a light rating:
Element Rating Deduction
Spun Aluminum Rating
Metal Rating

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Workmanship

The workmanship or craftsmanship may determine the overall life of a light fixture. There are many different methods that manufacturers like Minka Lavery use to create a light fixture. We have identified the most commonly used methods and rated them based on the value produced in the overall finished light fixture quality.

Showing The Great Workmanship Of The Lighting Fixtures We Offer
Above: Artisans at work at the Fine Art Lamps facility in Miami, Florida.

The most common methods of Workmanship and their ratings are: (Start with 3 Stars)
Things that increase a light rating:
Element Rating Boost
Handcrafted by skilled artisans
in the United States
Rating
Shaped with a hammer and anvil Rating
Hand-forged wrought iron lighting Rating
Hand-crafted Rating
Intricate Metalworking Rating
Hand-Forged Iron Rating
Hand Blown Glass Rating
Carved Castings Rating
Hand Finished Rating
Hand-Tailored Shades Rating
Things that decrease a light rating:
Element Rating Deduction
Stamped Casts Rating

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Finish Quality

The finish quality of a light fixture is a necessary element when determining the overall value of the light fixture. There are many different quality levels to consider when rating the value of the overall finish. A good way to determine this is looking at a fixture type like brass outdoor lighting and see how the finish lasts over time in the elements.

Copper, Bronzed Brass, Natural Brass, Natural Vedigris Patina Light Fixture Finishes

The most common methods of applying a finish to a light fixture are: (Start with 3 Stars)
Things that increase a light rating:
Element Rating Boost
Unfinished Copper
(natural patina over time)
Rating
Unfinished Brass
(natural patina over time)
Rating
Unfinished Stainless Steel Rating
Marine Grade (very durable) Rating
Acid Finish
(color produced by an acid applied
to brass or copper)
Rating
Nickel Plated (very durable) Rating
Hand Painted
(faux finishes, an artistic element is
added to the finish value)
Rating
Polished Finish Rating
Powder Coating (most common) Rating

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Light Bulbs & Output Technology

Some manufacturers use cutting edge light technology to create an overall light experience from their light fixture. There are many different types of light output technologies used in the lighting industry today. We have defined a few that add overall value to the light fixture.

LED, Indirect, Dimming Ballast, Halogen, And Incandescent Lighting Bulb Types

The most common value added light output technologies are: (Start with 3 Stars)
Things that increase a light rating:
Element Rating Boost
Light Emitting Diode (LED) Rating
Fixtures with Dimming Ballasts Rating
Indirect Lighting Rating
Shadowing Light Design Rating
Compact Fluorescent Rating
Low Voltage Halogen Rating
Standard Incandescent Rating

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Product Design

Product Design is another important factor in the overall value of a light fixture. Many manufacturers hire accredited product designers and engineers to design their lighting fixtures, these manufacturers are the manufacturers that usually produce original product designs. It takes accredited designers to identify trends in an ever changing industry and well designed products to support that change.

Fine Art Belgrave Square Lamp Step By Step Creation
Above: A fixture of the Belgrave Square Collection from Fine Art Lighting being assembled.

The most common design related values are: (Start with 3 Stars)
Things that increase a light rating:
Element Rating Boost
Good Design Award Recipient -
This award is given out by the Ministry
of International Trade and Industry,
starting in 1957
Rating
Light Fair Awards -
A variety of awards are given out
at this International Lighting Show
Rating
Original Design -
Some lighting designs have become so
successful that they are copied by other
lighting manufacturers
Rating
Accredited Designer Light Fixtures -
Premier designers such as Jessica
McClintock, George Kovacs, &
Cristina Saralegui, Roberto Pamio,
Marco Piva, etc.
Rating
Matching Canopy Design -
Design Engineering is involved in
creating the light maintaining standards
and complementing the whole fixture
with decor
Rating
Things that decrease a light rating:
Element Rating Deduction
Builder Grade Lights -
These lights are comprised of the
basic, universal design
Rating
Original Lighting Design Knock-Off Rating

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Brand

The final element we include in the Del Mar Designs Lighting Rating is the brand value. Many brands talk the talk about contributing to a better future, but which ones really walk the walk?

We Use A Rating System To Grade Our Brand Values On Del Mar Fans & Lighting
Casablanca Support team -
- Commitment to the Environment -
- Fulfillment Center

We have identified the following brand qualities that we believe have value: (Start with 2 Stars)
Things that increase a light rating:
Element Rating Boost
Manufacturing Processes that
Reduce Environmental Impact
Rating
Commitment to Energy Star Rated Products Rating
Good Customer Service and Problem Resolution Rating
Accurate Ship Times Rating
+90% Product Availability Rating


This completes the Del Mar Designs Lighting Rating description, Please call (800) 724-5501 if you have any questions about the way we rate our lighting products.

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April 2, 2020
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