Many of us, when in the throws of a renovation project look to update our homes with new lighting fixtures. Lighting is designed to perform a lot of different functions in addition to being pretty to look at. Once we realize that information, we have to spend a little time thinking about what we need vs. what we find visually attractive. In short, lighting, can't be taken “lightly.” Here are some things to consider before you purchase lighting for your home.
There are a ton of different types of lighting out there and all are designed according to what function they will be performing. When you are replacing light fixtures in your home, knowing how this light is to be used is the most important thing to do decide first. If you go through your home and make notes, make sure to answer the following questions below.
Where is the light fixture going? One light does not fix all problems, so it is always good to make a note of each room in your house you are replacing the lighting fixtures in. If you are replacing lamps be sure to find those that are the optimal height for reading and sewing. Lamp shades have an impact on the lights performance so make sure to pick a shade for your lamp that directs light into the area you need it. The lamps that are taller make for easier reading. Shades that go upward, are typically better suited for aesthetic purposes and ambiance.
What is this light being used for? If your light is a simple over head fixture, ask yourself if it was adequate if so take note of the size and type of light bulb being used and use that as your guide. If your lighting was not adequate a simple change in bulb wattage may be in order. If it was over your bathroom sink, or perhaps your kitchen sink , these lights tend to be “task” lighting and often times, must provide a stronger light. If harsh lighting isn't preferable, you can purchase dimmer switches that will allow for you to brighten and dim according to your needs when it is in use.
Who will be using this light? Believe it or not this is an important consideration. We all don't have the same eyesight, eventually someone in the house may have declining eyesight and need brighter lighting to be able to live comfortably. Led lighting is great for lamps and will provide a specific direction for light to travel. Fluorescent lighting provides powerful overhead lighting and is idea in baths, laundry rooms, and kitchen cooking areas. These are important for those with poorer vision. Both are more energy efficient than regular incandescent lights and LED lighting lasts far longer and ultimately uses less energy than all others. That being said, for best lighting of an entire room fluorescent works the best.
Always consider the What, Where and Who of the lighting choices you make for your home first and then address their aesthetic qualities. Luckily many of the lighting fixtures we have available today are beautiful and functional and you should have no trouble meeting all of your lighting needs.
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