Lighting should be an integral part of your home design, irrespective of the style of your home and home decor, whatever colour your rooms are and no matter how they are furnished. Successful home lighting is dependent on task, feature and general lighting all working in harmony.
Lighting should be an integral part of your home design, irrespective of the style of your home and home decor, whatever colour your rooms are and no matter how they are furnished.
Successful home lighting is dependent on task, feature and general lighting all working in harmony.
In the same way that textures and colours of fabric are selected because they complement each other (for soft furnishings, for example). By carefully selecting and varying the levels and type of task, feature and general lighting components, you can create the perfect light setting for every activity in your home as well as creating dramatic effects where needed.
In order to fully appreciate the different types of Home Lighting fixtures available these days, we will describe the features and benefits of some of these. After all, being properly informed will enable you to have the confidence to light up your home with style and ease.
Table lamps - Easily portable and can be highly effective lighting fixtures which can be positioned anywhere in a room. They can be located near sofas and chairs and hence function as task lights to help with reading. Table lamps positioned around the edges of a room can eliminate dark corners.
Pendant lights - These are hanging lamps which are suspended from the ceiling by a chain or rod. The light they produce can be dark and somewhat limiting although pendants themselves are often highly decorative and come in many different designs. It is usually better to supplement the light from pendants with other types of indoor lighting fixtures such as wall lights as well as floor and table lamps.
Chandeliers - Magnificent to look at and highly decorative chandeliers, most commonly found in large open hallway entrances and in dining rooms, add a touch of opulence and splendour by their mere presence. If Chandeliers are used on their own as a light source the light can be flat and boring.
Crystal chandeliers can create a lot of unwelcome glare. This can be resolved by installing a dimmer to reduce the output of the lamps and light and to use other forms of lighting, such as low-voltage downlights dotted around the chandelier, to shine through the chandelier.
Downlights - Another way of lighting up a room and in fact low voltage downlights produce a very crisp white light which can literally transform dark and dingy places. Usually, downlights are installed in fixtures in the ceiling or underneath cupboards. They are very versatile as they can be used for bringing light into the central area of a room as well as be directed onto objects, pictures or ornaments, to provide both general and feature lighting.
Picture lights - Hanging pictures in your home is one way of adding to your home decor and what better way of providing even more focus to these pictures than accentuating them with lights? Free-standing spotlights, directional downlights and frame-mounted lights can all be used. It merely depends on how your picture is framed and which of these lighting fixtures will bring out the best in it. Free-standing spotlights are great if your picture is covered by glass as you want to avoid glass reflection. Simply use the spotlight as an uplight which cleverly reflects the glass reflection towards the ceiling. Another method is to use a recessed, low-voltage directional downlight which, when used correctly, can be a very effective picture light that prevents glare.
Although only a few types of indoor light fixtures have been discussed, hopefully it has given you some ideas to think about with regard to the lighting in your home. From chandeliers, to pendant lights and downlights, you can see all the different effects that can be achieved by using different light fittings at http://www.cosyroomslighting.co.uk
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