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Lighting Basics: Choosing the right light

Lighting Basics: Choosing the right light

In our previous article, we discussed the secret to good lighting. We are going to take this concept a step further now that we understand how and why certain light is used. Today we will discuss how to properly light our rooms and objects in a harmonious manner. We will discuss the different types of lighting fixtures in more detail so we can get a better understanding of how they work together.

In order to create the perfect atmosphere, we must learn how to choose the right light that is ideal for our situation.

Chandeliers: usually considered the centerpiece of light, Chandeliers add style and a decorative focal point. Historically used in dining rooms or entrance halls, Chandeliers are now available in a variety of shapes and sizes allowing for placement in kitchens, bedrooms and hallways as well. Some Chandeliers are more practical, available with downlights to better light the table for homework or family game time. Make sure you select a Chandelier that is dimmable in order to better balance the ambience of the room.

Foyer or Hall fixtures: These lamps appear similar to Chandeliers, but with a greater emphasis on ambient lighting and are usually more modern in style. These fixtures create ambient lighting that greets your guests and assures safe passage to other areas of your home. Surface mounted and Ceiling fixtures are best used in areas with low ceiling heights.

Pendants: One of the most popular style of lighting, Pendants are designed for both ambient and direct lighting making them ideal for placement in kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms and foyers. These fixtures are available in an unlimited range of materials, styles and colors. The use of a dimmer allows you to regulate the light easily.

Ceiling Lights: One of the best sources for ambient lighting, ceiling lights are very popular for low ceiling and high traffic areas such as bedrooms, foyers, hallways, bathrooms and even dens.

Wall Sconces: If you want to add a touch of elegance, these types of fixtures can add a sense of sophistication to any home while adding to the overall ambience of the light. Many are designed to match suspension or chandeliers.

You can also use display lighting to focus on object on the wall such as painting or stairs to keep the home safe. Next week we will continue with part 2 of Choosing the right light.

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