A Guide to Choosing the Right Lighting for Your Home

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An important part of interior design is the lighting. When your interior design has good lighting, it improves the atmosphere of the home. In addition, good lighting allows you to see better to perform your tasks such as reading, writing and cooking. The lighting will promote a feeling of security and well-being each day, and each room’s size will determine which lighting it will need. A quick guide to some lighting choices will help you choose the right lighting for your home.

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The bedrooms can take advantage of several lighting sources. You can use a single pendulum light in the center of the room, and you may want to add some lamps with dimmer switches on both sides of the bed to use at night. However, your dressing table lighting should be more subtle. In addition, you will want to add some lighting around your mirror and wardrobe to make it easier to see. For a more comfortable night of rest, you should not use harsh lighting in the bedroom, and you can add heavy curtains or blinds to help block out the natural outside light.

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Unlike the bedroom, your living room will need to take advantage of the outside lighting as much as possible. Using natural lighting during the day can add some ambiance to your living room. The living room is considered a multi-purpose room since it is used for relaxing, working, watching television and doing crafts or hobbies. Because the living room is used for so many things, it needs to have several lighting sources. Some options can include hanging a chandelier in the center of the room. The chandelier will form a good source of light and be decorative as well, and the room may need extra lighting in the dark corners of the room so that everyone can see their task. Browse the large collection of online retailers such as Arrow Electrical to get an idea of what’s out there.

The central light should be one with a high lumens value, which means that it will glow brighter. Multiple light sources and strengths for each light should be chosen carefully to ensure proper lighting. For instance, the corner lights can be decorative, softer and dimmer lighting, but the main source should be brighter. In addition, people who suffer from migraines may want to consider using halogen bulbs instead of the CFL based bulbs.

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Another area that is often overlooked is the halls and stairways. Even though you do not spend much time in these areas, the lighting should be adequate for safety reasons. You might use a single pendant light for a small porch, but the stairwells will need more than that single pendant light. Lighting fixtures should be placed at least eight feet apart. To make them stylish, consider matching the light fixtures with the chandelier in the hallway.

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Kitchen lighting should be decorative and functional. Fluorescent lighting under the cabinets will help minimize shadows in the work area. Around the walls, you can include stronger recessed ceiling lights to increase your lighting. However, the areas around your oven and sink may need more light for doing your work. You will want to see properly when you prepare your food. Therefore, you need to choose lights that glow brightly. The lighting should be similar to the color of daylight such as halogen lighting, which is a good option for your kitchen lighting.

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