How To Choose The Best Lighting For Your Home

The lighting in your home should provide enough illumination for the area it is located in while also enhancing the appearance of the space where they are used. A common mistake people make is choosing a light fixture which is either too large or too small for the area where it is used. There are helpful tips to selecting the right light for the right space.

Lighting for Interior Spaces

Most homes today have ceiling lights placed in all of the major rooms. A ceiling light can be a classic dome or globe or it can be an ornamental chandelier. The first consideration in selecting a ceiling light should be the size of the room it is going in. If a room has a divided sections, such as a kitchen, the space is also divided according to the sections. In a kitchen, a domed ceiling light or hanging pendant light can be placed over the area where the table and chairs are located. The lights placed by the sink, stove and cabinets can be track lighting on a ceiling or wall or even recessed lights placed in the ceiling or wall over the area.

Recessed lights can also be used in bathrooms as lights placed over the vanity cabinet and shower or tub area. Bathrooms can be illuminated by using multiple light sources to add brightness to an otherwise very small and dark space. Wall sconces can be placed next to vanity mirrors or by the frame of the entrance. Larger formal rooms such as dining or living rooms, often have multiple sources of lights as well. Living rooms often have floor or table lamps added to provide illumination for select areas. Dining rooms often have more ornamental ceiling lights used to enhance the formal appearance of the room. When choosing hanging chandeliers, it is best to stay on the medium size so the piece does not overpower the rest of the room.

Lighting for Exterior Spaces

The lights used outdoors should provide enough illumination to see the surrounding area in the dark. Exterior lights are also used to provide security around the home’s entrances. The front entrance to the home should have a light positioned either directly overhead or adjacent to the frame. Wall sconces and ceiling lights are available as classic lantern styles made with weatherproof wrought iron casing. If the house has a side or back door entrance, this should also have a light placed in close proximity to the door’s frame.

In addition to the lights placed on the exterior of the house, outdoor lighting should also be used to illuminate walkways and driveways. If the home has a garage, wall sconces can be placed on either side of the garage door. The lighting fixtures used for the front of the house should match those used on the exterior of the garage so the home has a balanced appearance.

Classic and Contemporary Styles

When selecting light fixtures for the home, it is important to keep with the design of the house or the d├ęcor in a room. A formal dining room furnished in modern pieces can be enhanced using multiple drop pendant chandeliers in geometric shapes, rather than one large multi-tiered one. Homes built using modern designs can be enhanced using outdoor globe lights rather than traditional lanterns.

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