Living is sunny Palm Springs, California offers lighting most days of the year, but many of our “snowbirds” live elsewhere, and may need some good lighting tips. Following is some lighting information I hope will prove helpful.
Lighting falls into two groups: indirect (ambient) and direct (accent or task). The former sets a mood, and the latter spotlights centers of interest, or focuses on work surfaces.
Chandeliers are excellent sources of indirect light, and help create the illusion of more space. Track, pendant, and recessed lights can give off more direct light.
Wall sconces are great choices where space is at a premium. Down-lights, which direct light to the floor, and up-lights, which throw light towards the ceiling, are the two basic types of sconces. In general, down-lights act as direct lighting in hallways and stairs, while up-lights lend ambient light for background illumination.
When you calculate how much light you will need, figure one watt of light for each square foot of space. Double the figure for kitchens and work areas. Pay close attention to the wattage limits for each fixture.
Buy lighting fixtures close to home so you can “try them on” and return them if necessary. Make sure that the fixture you choose will fit any special mountings already in place in your home.
Halogen bulbs emit a pure white light and last longer than incandescent bulbs while using less wattage. However, Halogen bulbs generate a great deal of heat, and can be a potential hazard if a bulb comes into contact with papers, curtains, or bedding. For this reason, halogen desk lamps are not a good choice in kids’ rooms. Many universities, in fact, ban the use of halogen lighting in dormitories.
Before you rush off to the store to purchase lights, stop and think about the mood you are trying to create and purpose for the lighting you are seeking. Taking a few moments to think things out beforehand can make a world of difference in what you are trying to achieve in your home.
Did you find this information helpful? What are your tips on lighting?
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