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Lighting Shopping Guide

Lighting is one of the most important elements of home decoration. The way your room is lighted can either enhance or spoil your home decor. The right type of lighting can instantly make your room look more elegant and stylish. With the appropriate lighting design, inexpensive furniture can look grand and luxurious.

If you shop at furniture stores, you probably will be overwhelmed by the variety of lighting designs available which will make it hard for you to make the right choice. Sometimes, you might tend to just pick out the first thing that you see. Rather than feeling sorry in the end, why don’t you review a few tips to make your lighting shopping more worthwhile?

Always consider the style of your home furnishings: - Lighting pieces do not only light your room at night, they also serve as accent pieces for your home. Therefore, they are also a part of your furniture collection. Just like choosing a sofa or dining set, you should choose a lighting piece that suits your specific home theme.

For example, if your theme is traditional, you may want to have ceiling fixtures or a chandelier to accentuate your style. You can find more specific pieces depending on the era of your décor theme. Bronze, copper, and antique brass chandeliers go well with Old World themes. If your theme is Victorian, you can opt for chandeliers that have pressed glass fixtures, prisms, or flowers. If you want to use lamps, you can choose ones with the same design.

If your style is modern or contemporary, minimalist wall lamps, recessed ceiling fixtures, and adjustable halogen lamps work best.

Check the size of your room: - The brightness of your room depends on the size of your room. A large room will need brighter lighting to be properly illuminated. There is a formula to determine the right amount of wattage according to the dimensions of your room. For normal lighting such as in your living room or dining room, just multiply room length x room width x 1.5. For example, if your living room dimension is 14x15 feet, you will need 315 watts of lighting. In areas where you require more concentrated lighting such as in your office or kitchen, you can multiply the dimensions of your room by 2.5 to achieve the right amount of wattage that can sufficiently light the room.

Choose fixtures that suit the lighting needs of your room: - What is the main purpose for buying lighting fixtures? Brightening a room is only one of the things that lighting fixtures do. They can also be used as ambient lighting or as an accent or decorative lighting.

There are many different types of lighting fixtures that are available for each specific need. You can choose among various types of chandeliers, pendant lighting, ceiling fans, task lighting, track lighting, hanging fixtures, free-standing lamps, and under cabinet mounts. Chandeliers, pendant lighting, ceiling fans, and hanging fixtures are usually used for accent and ambient lighting.

Go for energy efficient lighting: - You don’t have to get a high-energy bulb to achieve maximum lighting satisfaction. In fact, energy-efficient bulbs are actually better. There are a lot of bulbs available on the market that consumes less energy. The fluorescent bulb is one example of an energy-efficient lighting. This type of bulb is usually used in bathrooms and kitchens. LED lights (light emitting diodes) are also energy-efficient.

Beware of using bulbs that use tungsten wire. One example of this is the incandescent bulb. They are usually hotter and dimmer than fluorescent bulbs. They also consume double the energy that an ordinary fluorescent bulb consumes.

If you are unsure what lighting fixture to buy, it is always wise to ask advice and suggestions from the experts. Don’t hesitate to inquire. Who knows, the experts might have better products for your specific need? Knowing your options will increase your chances of getting better lighting as well as better price options.

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