Selecting the lighting fixtures for your home is a big job. There are so many different types, styles, finishes and sizes to choose between. How do you determine what fixtures are right for your needs and taste? Before you head out shopping, you may find some of the following tips helpful:
Choose one finish, and try to maintain consistency throughout the house. You can mix and match different finishes throughout the house, but it definitely looks classier if you stick to one finish. There are many captivating finishes to choose from, including bronze, antique brass, pewter, black, white, polished brass, and brushed nickel.
Try to stick with one style or family group. Although this isn’t as important as the previous tip, it does look better to have all of your fixtures be from the same style group. Many manufacturers make this easy for you by grouping the fixtures into families.
Be conscious of the overall style of your home when selecting fixtures. If your home is decorated in a modern contemporary design for example, you would probably pick more contemporary fixtures instead of a Victorian style.
Choose fixtures that are conducive to the lighting needs of each room. There are three different types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent lighting. Ambient light provides the overall lighting atmosphere within a room. Task lighting is used for specific purposes and is more direct. Accent lighting is decorative.
Be aware of all of the various types of lights available. There are several categories of lighting fixtures, and even if not available in your area, it helps to know what options are out there. Choose between recessed lighting, chandeliers, pendant lighting, task lighting, ceiling fans, hanging fixtures, free-standing lamps, undercabinet mounts, and track lighting.
Choose energy efficient bulbs. There are a few different bulb types that will all be more energy efficient than the standard tungsten bulb commonly used. Halogen bulbs are still a tungsten bulb, but operate more efficiently than standard bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs are another energy efficient bulb choice and are commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms. Two of the most energy efficient varieties of bulbs are compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and the light emitting diodes (LEDs).
Once you have a chosen your fixtures, the next step is to find a professional installer. Installing electricity can be dangerous and if done incorrectly can quickly short-out your new fixtures or even lead to fire. Request free estimates from prescreened electrical contractors in your area.
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