Most people don’t give lighting much thought. Light fixtures are all around us, standing lamps, fixed ceiling mount lighting, canned lighting and pendant lights. These are the fixtures that light up our lives. Here are some popular types of light fixtures and where to use them and not use them.
In the past home builders didn’t give lighting the thought and consideration that it really deserved. That’s how we ended up rooms that are dark and uninviting. Lighting problems in the home are REAL problems for many people, the truth is, light mistakes are avoidable. Here are some common lighting troubles people commonly have and how we would suggest fixing them.
- I don’t have any lighting in my living room! – Many older homes weren’t built with the wired lighting in the ceilings of the living room. People who live in those homes have no choice but to use standing or table top lamps. Thats just what they have to do if they intend to stay in the home. There are so many options for those people and certainly something for every budget and style. Most home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s have basic lamp options. I would suggest you go check out a specialty lighting store though. Stores that specialize in lighting will have a wider variety of choices available and you know what, they usually aren’t much more than the big box stores. Plus, you get somebody who really knows what they are talking about to help you.
- We need new light fixtures in our entry way! – This might not seem like a problem really but there is some thought that should go into it. First, how long are you planning on staying in your house? Are you going to be there for 20 or 30 years? If so, great, go buy something that fits your personality because you’re going to be the one who lives with it but if you think you might sell your home in the not to distant future then go with something that will appeal to more people. Believe it or not, it might end up being a factor in helping you sell your home. When we bought our house recently I knew immediately when I walked into the door that the house we purchased would work for us. Most people make a basic yes or no decision about a house in the first couple minutes. If you have some over the top fixture in your entry way, that could cast a shadow of a doubt on a potential buyer.