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How to Select Light Fixtures for Your Home

Lighting is one of the most important elements in a home, but it is often the last thought when renovating or redecorating a home. While lighting performs an important function, it doesn’t have to be boring at the same time. Here are some tips for picking the type of lighting in each room.

How is it Used?

When choosing fixtures for a room, you need to consider how lighting will be used. In some spaces within your home, such as a hallway or stairway, lighting is a safety feature because it provides you with the ability to see where you are going.

If you need to illuminate a hallway, fixtures should be placed every two and a half to three metres apart. It is important for stairways to be lit from top to bottom for safety, and a switch should be placed at each end of the stairs to make turning them on and off convenient.

Layer Lighting

When you need a room to be well lit, such as a kitchen, you should consider layering the lighting to eliminate shadows and dark spaces. Ambient, accent, and task lighting can be synergised to make it easier to work wherever you are in the kitchen.

Task lighting beneath the overhead cabinets can better illuminate the counter, which would otherwise be shadowed if you used overhead lighting alone. Ambient, or overhead, lighting helps provide light throughout the entire room, while accent lighting can be focused or directed at certain objects to help provide further visibility. For instance, you could hang a fixture over an island, so as to brighten it when you’re cutting up food.

Set Tone

The right lighting fixture will not only help illuminate a room, but it can set the aura and tone as well. In a dining room, hanging a chandelier or Amonson pendant lights will not only help light the table, but they can also create the mood for the room. These types of lights are quite beautiful to look at and provide a sense of high-end style to any room.

It is important that the fixture is properly sized so that it doesn’t overpower the table, but it must able to provide enough light while dining. The bottom of the fixture should be approximately 76cm above the table. Anywhere from 200 to 400 watts should be enough power to adequately light the area.  Additional accents lights, such as wall washes, can be hung to provide more illumination in the room if needed.

Create Mood

When lighting the bedroom, a dimmer switch to control the ambient lighting can help to set the mood in the room. While ambient lighting can be used to illuminate the bedroom after the sun sets, being able to dim it will help create a more relaxing atmosphere when you’re getting ready to go to bed for the evening. If you need a brighter light for a reading area, you can add a wall sconce or set a lamp near a chair to create a brighter area within the room.

There many styles of ambient, task, and accent lighting to choose from, so you can select what goes best with your décor. By taking into account all of the small details of your home, like hidden nooks and crannies, you’ll be able to more accurately assess which kind of lighting will be best for you.

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