FAQ About Lighting and Lamps
Lighting is a crucial aspect of your home décor that shouldn’t be underestimated. Not only can the right lighting set the mood for certain rooms, it can also bring out your home's best aesthetic features. Not sure how to find the best lamp or light fixture for your home? Here are the answers to some of the most common questions you may have.
What kinds of lamps and light fixtures are available to me?
Lighting can enhance virtually any area in your home. Outdoor lighting can create a romantic atmosphere in your garden, patio, or balcony, while table lamps have the power to give your office desk or night table some pizzazz. Floor lamps make excellent decorative pieces in your living room or bedroom and deliver bright pools of light when placed around your space. Ceiling lights are the most utilized type of indoor lighting because they can complement any room while providing an alluring ambiance.
What types of lighting styles can I choose from?
Once you've chosen your room and light fixtures, you'll need to decide how you want your space to feel. Different lighting styles can evoke certain moods and tones.
Ambient lighting takes the place of daylight and can flood a room with bright light or a soft glow.
Task lighting shoots a beam of light in a specific direction so you can read, cook, or brush your teeth in an illuminated environment.
Accent lighting focuses on a particular area or object and is usually used to bring out a room's unique architectural feature or to highlight a piece of art.
What do I need to consider when choosing a lighting system?
The shape and size of your room will determine the type of lighting you'll use. Bright ambient lighting can make a small space appear larger, while more extensive rooms may require a combination of lighting styles, lamps, and light fixtures to fully illuminate it.
Do you want to add style to your home or are you more interested in a better light source for bedtime reading? Everyone has different lighting needs and you'll have to think about the purpose of your lighting before you make a purchasing decision.
Save on your power bills and consider using energy efficient fluorescent lights (CFLs), light emitting diodes (LEDS), and halogen bulbs. Read your manufacturer's instructions and check compatibility before you install a bulb into your light fixture.
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