Every room should have all three types of lighting: Overhead, task and ambient.
One overhead light source is never enough; it creates shadows in the corners.
The main overhead light in every room should work on a dimmer.
Wire lamps to work on a switch so you can easily turn them on/off when you enter or exit.
Install lights that work on a sensor and activate when you walk by or wave your hand in front of them. You can put them along a baseboard or above a kitchen sink. A wave light switch allows for messy hands or even those with limited mobility or reach (arthritis or children) to activate.
Stairways need to be well-lit at the top and bottom to prevent trips and falls.
Lighting styles depend on personal preference and the overall look of the room.
A good lamp is an investment that matters. Lamps are the jewelry of a room. Buy beautiful and buy quality lamps. They last forever.
Position lamps in a triangle. For example, two lamps on either side of the sofa and a floor lamp opposite.
The eye always goes where the light is, so lamps should be spread out near the corners of the room and illuminate at or below eye level.
Lighting affects how colors look in a room so choose your light bulbs carefully. Halogen lighting is the whitest, but it gives off heat. Avoid fluorescent because it casts a cold, sickly tone. LED is a bright light and energy efficient, but it doesn’t have the spread.
All kitchens need lighting under cabinets and over sinks, stoves and work areas; pendant lighting works well over bars, islands and dining tables.
Bathrooms should have a main overhead, wall sconces beside the medicine cabinet or mirror and every tub or shower should have a light.
Don’t skimp on lighting. Luxury doesn’t have to mean expensive; good lighting is part of luxury living.
Lighting must be prioritized in a budget for downsizing to a condo, remodeling or new construction.
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