How to choose your ceiling fan

If you have known us for a long time you will know that our wide range of ceiling fans is one of the best on the market. Through our fan designers, we offer comfort and well-being in the home, and energy savings. The energy consumed is less than other air conditioning systems.

Before choosing a fan, it is important to know that it is not a substitute for air conditioning, we recommend the complementary use of both.

Most of our fans have two functions: the summer function, which starts if the blades turn clockwise and provides fresh air and a pleasant breeze, and the winter function. The latter is activated by turning the blades in the opposite direction and helps the heating system by eliminating the stratification of the warm air. What do you need to consider when choosing a fan?

– The height of the room: there must be a minimum height of 2.3m from the floor to the blades, and for higher heights it cannot exceed 2.8m. If these ranges are not maintained, the fan loses efficiency.

– The square meters of the room: – The style of the fan: in our catalogue you will find many options of styles and finishes, both of the structures and of the blades. Choose the one that best suits the decoration of your space.

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How we approach a project

Our project team has been giving us tricks for lighting different spaces in the home, a restaurant and a hotel. Today we want to discover what their work philosophy is from the moment the lighting project arrives until it is finished.

1. Communication: listening to all the client’s requests and adapting the knowledge to their tastes. Normally clients know how to identify what type of light they want in each room, and our team helps them to know how to get it.

“The more difficult the challenge, the more exciting it is”

2. Light only where it is needed: a premise we have already learned in the previous tips. Every space has a specific need for light and we should not over-light it.

3. Take care of the details: do not forget that the equipment ‘enters your homes’, a private space dedicated to well-being, so everything must be to your liking and comfort.

4. Avoid glare: to achieve all of the above, choose lights with the light source as hidden as possible. This will also help facilitate long-term maintenance.

5. Custom-made luminaires: the Faro Barcelona project team always chooses the best luminaires on the market (if it is also a project in collaboration with the BioscaBotey store) and even makes them to measure.

6. A lot of enthusiasm and involvement: whatever the size of the project, the team works hard with maximum enthusiasm to achieve its realization. Motivation and closeness are their hallmarks.
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This is how we light up a hotel room

The project department of Faro Barcelona has been teaching us tricks to light different parts of a house or even how to do it in a restaurant. Today, we will work on hotel rooms. A challenge!

We will focus on the hallways of the room floors and the rooms themselves:

Hallways

To illuminate the corridors we must take into account that it is a busy area at different times and for different reasons, so we have to ensure that customers make as little noise as possible when they go to their rooms.

The corridors have to be lit in a ‘calm way’, always using signalling luminaires with enough power so that we can guide ourselves. We recommend asymmetrical floor-level luminaires placed at low height. These, in addition, can be complemented with lights to highlight the room number.

Rooms

The primary goal of light in a room is wellness. In addition, since it is a hotel and can also be used as a work space, we will have to illuminate the room in parts (trying to avoid direct light points to the ceiling):

General lighting: we recommend indirect light LED strips to project a cosy light. LED strips can also be used inside the cabinet, but in that case in direct light.

Sides of the bed: without a doubt, wall lamps. Those with fabric lampshades produce a warm and pleasant atmosphere. At this point it is good to keep in mind that in a hotel it is always better to maintain a well fixed luminaire, instead of a table or a suspension lamp.

Reading light: Within the very wide range of reading models, we prefer those that offer spot light and are normally adjustable. Thus, the person who uses it will not disturb the one on the other side of the bed and can do it in any posture.

Work light: here a good table lamp that can also become a decorative element in good light.

Signal light: we must bear in mind that guests do not know the space well, so installing a signal light with sensor ignition will make it easier for them to get to the bathroom at night without having to turn on the general light or find the bedside light. This sensor must be short-range and placed close to the ground.

The bathroom: if you have seen or read our chapter on this space, you will know that different parts have to be taken into account. Check the previous material because now we will only talk about the bathtub.

The bathtub is a space intended for relaxation, so the lighting must be decorative and extra warm. It can be solved either with a table lamp or with a suspension lamp that projects indirect light, that does not show the light source, and that is of low intensity. We have to make it the closest thing to candle lighting.
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Lighting in restaurants

When the confinement ends, one of the places that we will surely visit again are the restaurants. Spain is a country of high gastronomic level and as such, many of the places where you can enjoy food are also of high level. Of course, we are going to focus on lighting.

The general rule for lighting a restaurant is to match the architecture of the space. In addition to this standard, our basic premise is added: to illuminate only where it is needed, respecting the need of each corner:

The tables have to be well lit when they are occupied and when they are not, therefore we recommend recessed or surface mounted and adjustable luminaires. Thus, if the arrangement of these in the space changes, we ensure that they remain well lit. We only recommend pendant lights for fixed tables.

The DEEP model is perfect for this type of lighting. It is available without a frame so that the luminaire is fully integrated into the ceiling and its orientation is internal, this together with the bee panel, greatly increases lighting comfort in the room.

The bar is also an important space to highlight. We want to differentiate between two types:

– The bar also includes an over-bar that can be illuminated with the same built-in ones that we mentioned for the tables. As in this case we will have the luminaires closer to the clients we recommend our FOX model because it is small and effective.

– The bar that does not have an over-bar can be very well illuminated with suspension lamps. In that case we can do two things:
1. Project a general lighting that ‘accommodates’ the entire bar with luminaires such as the MINE model.
2. Focus the lighting only on the area where the client will be placed with a suspension luminaire such as the STAN model. In this case if you also want to highlight another space we can install a recessed LED strip under the counter. For passing areas it is important to consider choosing more open opening angles and low powers, so they will not stand out above the bar or tables.

In addition, as a decorative and complementary way, we recommend large format sconces that can also serve to illuminate some fixed tables such as WHIZZ and SLIM lamps.


And one last tip on how to light a restaurant: it is important to control the regulation of all of them to adapt their light according to your needs, threfore, a good option is to use the CASAMBI technology that you can also find in the Faro luminaires (those indicated as’ SMART ‘). It is an easy and comfortable home automation control program that allows the luminaires to be controlled from the mobile independently. So you can regulate it according to the needs of each client, corner or moment.
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The good weather is here! Let’s talk about outdoor lighting

The weather is already changing, it seems that the sun is staying and you already want to enjoy the garden or the terrace. During the days of confinement as a measure to contain COVID-19, the Faro Barcelona project team will give you tips to light up every corner of your home. This time we will talk about exterior lighting. To start, we must take into account three basic ideas:

1. The general treatment of garden lighting must follow the same rules as the interior: we illuminate where we need light and we differentiate the lighting in each area by the use we are going to make.

2. Keep in mind that in the garden there will be daylight (natural) and night light. We have to prevent general lighting from being ‘flat’ and over-lighting.

3. 3. The previous point will help us to reduce light pollution and to be able to enjoy the stars and the moonlight.

“A trick: for mid-height light points we recommend indirect or flush-mounted wall lamps to avoid glare”

As we have mentioned in the first point, depending on the area we will need one light or another and to tell you which is the best, we have distributed the garden in three parts as well.

Walking lighting
It is the light from the walkways, for example, that we need to go from one place to another, to illuminate the path to the entrance or to the pool. This light must be signalling, projected or flush to the ground that illuminates only our steps without affecting the rest of the space.

Lighting to see
It is the general lighting, the light we need to do the tasks that each area requires: at the entrance door to the farm, at the barbecue, at the outdoor dining table etc.

Lighting to enjoy
The ‘romantic’ part of the garden. It is the ornamental light that should discreetly illuminate our plants, our trees or some decorative element that we want to highlight. This lighting should create a cosy atmosphere that we can enjoy when we are in the garden, but also indoors.

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Bathroom lighting

From Faro Barcelona, we’ve decided to give you some tips and recommendations on home lighting. With the help of our Project Department, we want to provide you with more useful information for this lockdown period.

This time, we’re focusing on a space that we rarely pay attention to, but which is very important and used daily: the bathroom. And since it’s important, so, too, is the lighting we install in each area:

The mirror

The most important thing in this area is to avoid shadows and to do so, we recommend the following types of wall lights. Perfect if they’re also regulatable:

– General direct wall lights on both sides of the mirror.
– ‘Dressing room wall lights’ that have several low potency bulbs.
– Wall lights for LED linestra lightbulbs. Perfect for covering with a line of continuous front lighting.

The basin

Although you may think that the mirror light will allow the basin to be well lit, we want to give you some tips for full lighting. So, for this area, we recommend accent lighting from the ceiling, with recessed or surface spotlights to focus the light so that it doesn’t invade other areas.

The shower

So that you’re not dazzled by the light, in the shower the best thing is to install a LED strip light with IP44 low potency and diffused lighting. The best thing is to install it directly onto the ceiling.

And, if possible, our project team particularly recommends installing recessed shelving inside the shower. This will be used to store shower products and utensils, so it must be at hand height. And, on the upper part of this shelving, install the LED strip light with IP44 that we mentioned.

Toilet

This area can be lit in two ways: if it’s part of the main bathroom, the lighting of the other areas will help to light the toilet. But if it’s in its own ‘room,’ the best thing is a recessed LED strip light in the ceiling installed like the one we recommended for the shower area.

Support light

And, finally, we have a very useful tip for when we go to the bathroom when we’re half asleep. So that you’re not suddenly dazzled by the general lighting, we suggest looking for the perfect place to hide a warm, low potency LED strip light that switches on via a micro motion sensor. For example, you can install it behind the main mirror, under the vanity or on one of the towel holders.
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How to light up your working area

Due to the confined situation we are in to curb the spread and impact of COVID-19, many of us have been forced to work from home.

In order to be able to concentrate, establish a good dynamic and make the most of the resources we have, we bring you seven tips to light up your desk from the Faro Barcelona project team.

1. Make the most of natural light
Find the window in the room where you will be working and place your table there. It is important that it is on the side of the window, neither in front or just behind it.

2. Position yourself according to the dominant hand
To take advantage of the natural light, you should place yourself on the opposite side of your dominant hand. This way you will not make shadows when writing, drawing or typing on the work surface.

3. Strengthens space with artificial light
If you do not have much natural light, or to work during the hours of less sun, you can opt for a lamp.

4. Avoid contrast
When looking for the best artificial light, make sure it projects evenly throughout the space. It’s not a good idea, for example, to use only one lamp on the desk in a dark space. This bad contrast will make your eyes harder to focus.

5. Combines a table lamp with the general light
What we do recommend is that you look for a table lamp that serves as a support, and that helps to unify the general light of the room.

6. Look for a light with a temperature of 4000K
The ideal temperature for work spaces should be 4000K, which is measured by the Chromatic Reproduction Index (CRI) and tells us how the light is projected

7. The best warm light for decoration
Similarly, it is best not to use lamps with warm temperatures (1,000 to 3,000K) for work spaces. These, we recommend for decorative lighting.
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Faro Barcelona and ProtoPixel join in the latest edition of Llum BCN

In mid-February Barcelona became the city of lights, design and technology thanks to the ninth edition of the Llum BCN festival. An artistic proposal with exhibitions, projections, performance and artistic installations in the Poblenou neighbourhood.

Among the many interesting proposals of this contest, “The Hackathon” by ProtoPixel stood out. A “marathon” of interactive lighting, where professional designers and architects collaborated with programmers, artists and creators to develop a lighting project. This year’s title was #HackTheLightUp and they featured mentors such as Antoni Arola, Jordi Ballesta from Last Night’s studio, and Moritz Behrens from Ingo Maurer. Also with Faro Barcelona, who shared and supported this space of creativity and entrepreneurship.

In addition, Faro was the promoter of the “Light & Emotions” award, a category related to the brand’s values, which always bets on meaningful design and that transmits, through the luminaries, the spirit and the desire to see life in different ways.
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We opened a new showroom in Madrid with docontract MAD

A new showroom dedicated for home and contract equipment brands opened in Madrid last week. It is called docontract MAD and brings together twelve companies from more than thirty product categories to offer architects, interior designers, designers and developers.

The lighting is represented by Faro Barcelona, which has taken the opportunity to join this networking and trends project in the central district of Salamanca. Thanks to this, you can find a great selection of our design and technical products in a space created to offer integral solutions to all types of projects. The opening was attended by more than one hundred professionals, several media, Mar Vera de Welcome Design who was responsible for the design of the space and representatives of CENFIM, the promoter of this ‘collaborative showroom’. Also some authorities such as Victor Medina, dean of the College of Interior Decorators and Designers of Madrid, who encouraged the guests to ‘get involved in the activities, to contrast the needs of their projects and to pose challenges to the brands’.

Along with Faro Barcelona you can find the brands Carinbisa, Duscholux, Floover, Sonae Arauco, JG Open Systems, RCR Deco, Supratex, Tarimatec, TM Sillerías, Villeroy & Bosch and Zennio.
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Welcome to Espacio Princesa

A few days ago we officially opened Espacio Princesa, a showroom in the centre of Barcelona.
it is a versatile place with an exhibition of the best luminaire and fan designs of Faro Barcelona. The design, by Piedra Papel Tijera, is based on mobile structures allowing space to be adapted to the specific needs of each moment.

Closeness, well-being and functionality. Espacio Princesa is a place to feel, share and learn. It is the meeting point and exchange of ideas for both consolidated professionals, emerging talents and design students, which will be developed with cycles of activities, artistic exhibitions, workshops, presentations and much more.

Located in the heart of El Born neighbourhood of Barcelona – on Princesa Street, 52 -, the rehabilitation of the space has preserved the original structure of the building dating from 1872, and provide it with elements that convey avant-garde and modernity, concepts consistent with Faro’s values. The space, with more than 800m2, coexists with the emblematic Biosca Botey lighting store, acquired by the group in 2011. You can see more pictures of the opening on our Pinterest profile.
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