Posted on Mar 24, 2010 | Comments 0
Lighting can make or break the atmosphere in just about any personal space. Choosing the proper type of designer lighting can spell a huge difference in the functionality and therefore the overall success of any room.
Furthermore, designer lighting can be functional yet hidden from view, such as sleek recessed lights; or they can be as ostentatious as you’d like them to be and let them serve as a highlight or focal point in certain rooms such as chandeliers.
Tips to remember when shopping for designer lighting
1. Buying the right chandelier involves a bit of number crunching. Because chandeliers are a large and oftentimes heavy type of designer lighting, measurements need to be taken so that the addition of a chandelier into a room still provides rhythm, balance, and proportion in its interiors.
Rooms that are smaller than 10 x 10 feet can typically work with chandelier designer lighting that are about 17 to 20 inches in diameter.
Rooms that are about 12 x 12 feet can work with a 26 or 27 inch chandelier, while rooms that are 14 by 14 feet can work with a 24 – 36 inch chandelier. When installing the chandelier, remember that it should hang 30 inches below the ceiling to avoid bumped heads.
2. Lamp shades are stylish and elegant pieces of designer lighting that are both functional yet add character to a room. They can be as small as a skinny lamp that is used on a working desk yet that provides adequate reading light, but they can also come in vintage designs that are used in living room and bedroom night stands to provide just the right amount of dim light.
3. Research on the different types of designer lighting available in the market. When out shopping, test each bulb for brightness and ask about its energy efficiency.
Choosing the right designer lighting means knowing what the light will be used for. For example, coated or colored light bulbs are preferred in order to bring out facial features.
Furthermore, the lighting scheme designed for the bathroom would be very different from that of the kitchen, so you can work with a lighting consultant to determine the best designer lighting plans for your home needs. [lighting techniques]
4. If you are looking to brighten up an area in your home that is rather dim, or want to highlight a piece of art or furniture, look into recessed designer lighting. It is sleek and classy, providing just the right amount of light onto just about anything you want.
You can even choose recessed designer lighting for your outdoors, such as for lighting up a dark garden or walkway. An additional benefit to recessed lighting is that they are more energy efficient and take up less space than regular lights.
5. Consider your allotted budget for designer lighting. In order to get your money’s worth, look for quality bulbs that will last longer than others. Cheap doesn’t always guarantee quality.
If you want to save, buy discounted lighting materials or shop during sales. Also have someone with you when you buy since you’ll need a second opinion especially from one who knows about lighting.
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