Beautiful. Sustainable. Handcrafted in California. This isn’t just our tag line. It’s our mission. We strive to provide the most beautiful products while making sure we do right by our home. This means supporting the community by hiring local artisans who create sustainable products that keep our environment healthy.
It’s been 21 years since husband and wife, Lawrence and Christa, founded Metro Lighting. In that time, our showroom has expanded from a small garage workshop to an 8000 square foot facility, with more than 35,000 fixtures sold. Metro Lighting takes inspiration for our name from the work of early Modernist architect Hector Guimard, designer of the famous Paris Metro subway stations. Drawing from this, as well as backgrounds in architecture, Lawrence, Christa, and the Metro team have delivered beautiful, eco-friendly, artisan lighting to over 12,000 customers and businesses since 1993. Metro Lighting was recently named a 2013 Residential Lighting Showroom Of The Year finalist.
Metro Lighting has always striven to brighten the lives of our customers. We produce our lighting in-house and work with a vast network of American suppliers to support our community along with yours.
Lighting Your Kitchen
Embarking on a kitchen remodel can be a daunting prospect. With so many decisions to make, choosing your lighting may seem overwhelming. The key is to layer the light using a mix of general, task, and accent lighting. You'll want to provide adequate lighting for safe and comfortable cooking conditions, and to create a warm and inviting space.For general lighting, consider the style and size of your kitchen. For a small space, one overhead light may be enough. For larger rooms, use a combination of ceiling flush mounts, pendants, and recessed can lights.
For task lighting, hang pendants over the counters, tables, bar islands, and sink areas. Under cabinet lighting may also be used to further illuminate work surfaces. Hang pendants low enough low enough to light the counter or table, but now so low that they obstruct views. A good guideline is 5'-6" to 6'-6" from the floor to the bottom of your pendant.
For accent lighting, consider pendants sconces with richer glass colors, but use light colored glass shades to maximize brightness for general lighting.
The right lighting is both useful and beautiful, creating functional spaces that feel welcoming and look stunning day or night. Be sure to choose something you love!
*If you live in California, check with your designer and/or contractor to find out if your project is subject to California's Title 24 Energy code, which sets energy efficiency standards. This may affect how your fixture are designed and wheteher you decide to illuminate with incandescent, LED, or fluorescent light.