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Basement Renovations

Finding the Most Attractive Lighting For Your Home

As we enter a room, we first look at the furnishings, then the eyes sweep across the details and the accent pieces, like a large vase, the flooring, or a painting hung on a wall. When this happens we can feel instantly the ambience that the room exudes just by the combination of unique style elements. Whether an area is determined to be of a rustic, modern, classic or contemporary theme is done in this fashion. Aside from the furnishings and design pieces, another important element that helps to set the mood is illumination. With ideal lighting, we can transform any space into a cozy and warm place using ambient lights, or lend it an architectural ambience with a clean and modern lighting system.
The role of lighting is so important to enhancing ambience within a space that knowing which type of lighting to use can really enhance the style of the room. Please look over these tips to aid you with this job.
The current requirements for lighting should be taken into account. Of course, the main purpose of installing light fixtures in a room is to illuminate it; they are not just installed for decorative purposes. The most important determination that should be undertaken in regards to lighting are the needs for the specific area. For example, a living or dining area might have a chandelier because these areas call for cozier ambient lighting. In the kitchen area, recessed lighting can be placed underneath the hanging cabinets and over the countertops for more focused task lighting. You should add different lighting fixtures in the nursery that can address different needs that you might have for this room: the baby’s room generally needs ambient light during the early evening, but during night feedings, a warm glow that is not too bright is optimal.
Take consideration of the size of the space. In order to determine the specific kind of lighting that will effectively illuminate the entire room, you may use this widely accepted formula as a guide:
Width of the room x length of the room x 1.5 = needed wattage.
For smaller spaces, two 60-watt light bulbs should be adequate to light the space well. In rooms that require brighter lighting, such as a bathroom, kitchen, or home office, replace 1.5 with 2.5. Because there are so many new products on the market, this formula is a vital tool; each offers differing wattage options. A easy to use guide like this will allow you to select the best combination of lighting to meet your requirements.
Consider the existing design of the room. Aside from the capacity to illuminate the room, the next important consideration is of course, to complement the existing design and decor of the room. Complementing a specific theme is as simple as experimenting with various textures, designs and finishes. A contemporary style is more aptly suited for a modern lighting system while a country design would be more adept with elements like sconces and wrought-iron chandeliers.
Take into consideration efficiency and convenience. Seek out eco-friendly choices that are more efficient and that need less electricity. In modern times, CFLA bulbs have begun to replace typical incandescent light bulbs because the former uses less electricity than the latter. Implementing these in your household will not only reduce global electricity needs, they will also help you save money on your personal energy bill.…

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Home Contractors

Types of Indoor Lighting

When it comes to choosing the best lighting for your home, you are going to need to figure out exactly what kind of light you need and does it fit your decorating scheme. If take the time to think and figure out what you need before going to the store to pick out the lighting, you are going to be able to spend less time at the store with less of a hassle and more aggravation.
There are steps that one should take before going to the store to chose what kind of indoor lighting you want. The second step that one should take is to go through your entire house and determine what kind of light is in your house through out the entire day and night. If you are someone who uses blinds or drapes, then make sure that you adjust them to allow the lighting to be figured properly. When doing this, you will want to note if there are any “dark spots” that need to be illuminated with some kind of light. In other words make sure the lighting is even through the entire room while determining your needs for indoor lighting.
If you are going to be going with overhead indoor lighting, you are going to want to make sure that the light is bright enough to illuminate the entire room and not just sections of the room. Ceiling fans can come with many different types of indoor lighting such as recessed dimmed or just bright indoor lighting.
Most people prefer natural indoor lighting as it tends to sooth people and help them relax better while in the room. While determining what kind of indoor lighting you need, remember that task lighting is very important. If you have a room that is an office, you will want to make sure that illuminate the areas in which more work tends to be done. Regardless of what type of day you are working in, you are going to need to determine if a lamp would be of better use than over head lighting or not. Lamps are made in many different varieties and can add definition and as well as height when it comes to making a room well illuminated.
There are many steps when it comes to choosing the best indoor lighting for your home or office. If you are someone who has many clients in and out at different times, then make sure that you choose lighting that makes them feel comfortable and welcome at all times of the day. You will also want to make sure that the light is bright to see well as well. Many different kinds of indoor lighting can be found with many different prices. Taking the time to determine your needs before actually going to shop for the lighting will help to make the trip more enjoyable and less aggravating.…

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Bathroom Remodel

Great Bathroom Lighting Tips

When many people are planning a bathroom remodel the most overlooked part of the project is the way the new bathroom will be lit. Yet good lighting is essential if the new bathroom is going to be as functional and attractive as possible. The new sink, toilet and luxury spa shower are all great but, if you cannot see to put your make up on in the morning, the remodeled bathroom will end up annoying you as much as the old one did.
Ideally there should be more than one kind of lighting in the bathroom. Task lighting is essential. Mirrors should be well lit but not with a light that is too artificial or glaring. Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for makeup and shaving. Be sure to position sconces to shed equal amounts of light on both sides of the face, and use “natural light” bulbs to impart a less artificial looking glow.
For ambient lighting pendant lamps, recessed ceiling lights or even a small chandelier can all work well in the bathroom. If your remodeled bathroom is going to include one of the wonderful garden bathtubs that are so popular these days why not a chandelier with dimmer switch so that you can soak your cares away in ultimate luxury.
One area that is often not lit – but should be – is the shower. Light the shower’s interior with waterproof fixtures. The light does not have to be too bright but you will appreciate the difference right away.…