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Choosing the Correct Interior Light for your Home

Written by; Emily Carson / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Wed Sep 30 2009


Lighting can add ambiance or mood to a room. It can lend focus or can subtly warm an entire space. Lighting enhances a personís sense of well-being.

There are several ways ranging from simple purchases to intermediate electric projects that can boost the value of the home while helping an individual enjoy their home more.

The purchases of accent, table and floor lamps is an easy way to update a look for others who are not really handy. For these people, creativity and an "eye" for what looks good supersedes the ability to make a lamp. The colors or finish of a lamp can either complement or contrast the main colors of a room. Finishes for lamps include neutral tans, off-whites, antique whites, iron, and the ever-popular, polished brass.

Lamps can offer a range of lighting options. This is exemplified by a lamp with a three-way switch. This accessory offers three levels of lighting. Most accent lamps are less than 20" tall and provide adequate lighting coverage. Desk lamps range from 12" to 20" high and help to illuminate a very specific area. Another choice is floor lamps which are spectacular for lighting dark corners.

Another way to add light while adding architectural interest is the addition of ceiling fixtures. This category includes pendants and chandeliers. The overall wattage for these fixtures is 200 to 400 total wattage. This is ideal for lighting a dining room table when centered above the table. Chandeliers add a sense of romance to any area.

Bathroom lighting tends to be brighter than other areas of the house. The best lighting in the bathroom includes a light above the mirror which illuminates downward. Lighting on both sides of the bathroom mirror helps to eliminate shadows.

Wall sconces are lights placed on walls to emphasize the walls or to provide indirect lighting. They usually use single light bulbs. The installation of wall sconces is relatively easy. They come with mounting hardware. The mounting bracket is fastened to the wall by two screws. After wiring is completed, a center stud is attached into the bracket and the lens cover put over the light. Another form of wall lighting is the popular wall-mounted or pendant fixtures in the bedroom. They are placed on the wall behind the bed at approximately 30" above the top of the mattress. This is very conducive to a little reading before turning in.

Recessed lighting continues to be popular with many. The allure of recessed lighting is its ability to enlarge a room by spotlighting a wall. It is a tried-and-true technique that makes a small area larger by creating shadows and contrasts.

Recessed lighting is quite versatile. Down lighting in living rooms is a warming lighting technique; this is where you want a more subtle glow to a room.

Decorative accent lighting is among the newest trends in lighting. Some applications include lighting in entertainment and curio cabinets, picture highlighting, lighting for under cabinets in the kitchen and lighting around the bottom of the cabinets (known as "toe" lighting).

There are many lighting techniques available in order to bring out the best of your home. Choose a lighting scheme to complement or to add focus to your spaces.

These are the basics, let your creativity run free and personalize your home to suit your style and create a mood which makes your home a pleasure to dwell in.

Happy home improvements!


Copyright: 2009

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