HOW TO FIND THE PERFECT LIGHT
Lighting options are endless and over whelming. There's no surefire way to tell you how to make the right choice, however there are a few things we can advise you to avoid. We hope this will guide you on your way to finding the perfect lighting solution for your next project.
1. Mood Lighting VS. Task Lighting
Various areas in the home are used for differing tasks, some functional, such as the kitchen, others relaxing such as a library or master bedroom. Many people resort to substituting builder's lights with a flurry of incandescent or LED recessed lights (pot lights). Without getting into the different types of pot lights available -- that will be an entirely different blog on its own -- consider that recessed lights are often more harsh than indirect lights such as pendants, chandeliers, sconce and lamps. In a kitchen, bright recessed lighting may come in handy while preparing food on the counters, however having a bulb or two over the master bed is blinding. Consider the types of activities that will be taking place in the various rooms of your home to determine the types of lighting required to create the best atmosphere. In case the task of cooking in the kitchen turns into a social gathering at the breakfast bar, always consider adding a dimmer.
2. Bathroom Glam
Wall-mounted, overhead vanity lights are most common in bathrooms, followed by recessed lighting. Performing your daily hair styling, make-up applying and nose hair plucking tasks would be much more easily accomplished via sconce lights mounted on both sides of your mirror at head level. Overhead lights create unflattering shadows, making it difficult to see what you're doing while sconce lighting, properly positioned, will make you look and feel like a million bucks.
3. Hanging Height
You've probably read 5 other blogs with 10 different suggestions, often contradicting themselves and leaving you more confused from when you started. The general rule of thumb for the height of a chandelier or pendant light, where hanging over a task-oriented space such as a counter or table, is to mount it approximately 33-inches above the surface area. The height may also be effected by variables such as ceiling height, the type of light and the purpose of the space. As an example, 33-inches is based on having 8-foot ceilings; a common practice is to add 3 - 5 inches for each additional foot of ceiling height. Also consider that if you're getting pendant lights for your breakfast bar, will the final resting position of the lights block your view of guests when standing on the other side of your counter? Consider raising them up or substituting bulky, opaque lights with smaller, transparent lights.
Lights serve a functional purpose but also provide an opportunity to let your character shine. Keep with the colour palette and theme of your room or add a new material such as glass, metal (chrome, rustic iron/nickel, hammered copper, etc.) or fabric.
Keep in mind that when it comes to sell, the upgraded lights are sure to impress prospective buyers, adding more value and pulling on their heart strings. This will put more money back into your pocket, allowing you to upgrade some lights in the new house. However, if you're set on keeping a light fixture, it's not uncommon for them to be excluded from the sale but keep in mind that any time you have an exclusion, you open up opportunities for buyers to see reason to negotiate.
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