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Getting the lighting in your home just right can be a tricky business. Get it wrong, and your rooms could either be too dingy and dark or washed in light and wasting energy.
Good lighting sets the right mood for the room and adds to its atmosphere, so it’s important to get right.
Here we’ve decided to take a look at exactly how best to choose the right ceiling lights for your home.
The first thing to ask yourself is exactly what function the room that your lighting is going to have.
Nowadays rooms aren’t necessarily confined to just the one use, and a dining room or bedroom might double up as a home study or study zone, and this has to be considered.
The best way to deal with a room which has multiple uses is to opt for dimmable lights. Not only do dimmable lights allow you to change up the mood of the room, but can help to decrease your energy and heat output and lengthen the life of the bulbs.
While the function of your ceiling lights is obviously very important, you must also take care to ensure that you think about design too.
Classic shapes are a fairly safe option which you can’t really go wrong with, and will endure in your home many years.
However, if you want to be a bit bolder, you could always opt for something a little more unique.
Whichever way you choose to go, we recommend that one really striking piece is often a lot more impressive than lots of smaller and cheaper items.
But while the look of your lights is important, make sure that you’re not ‘decorating with light’, and are rather using the light to accentuate existing decorations and furniture.
When it comes to the kitchen, function is key, but you can still get somewhat creative. We would recommend hanging pendants up over areas such as islands, sinks and counters.
You can get a lot more decorative in the bedroom, and might wish to go with a grand looking chandelier in the centre of the room.
Height is very important when lighting your dining room table, and we recommend that the bottom of your light fixtures hangs no lower than 27-30 inches above the table (in a room with an average height ceiling).
Chandeliers are a real statement piece which instantly draw the eyes of whoever enters the room due to their large size and usually flashy design.
Pendant lights are usually smaller and hang down a lot lower than the likes of a chandelier would, placing them closer to eye level.
They’re perfect for smaller rooms or perhaps for highlighting something such as a kitchen island.
They can also be hung in a cluster to create an impressive focal point like a chandelier.
Lights which are used to light up a kitchen island are usually spread along a lengthy frame so that they spread the light evenly across the island and they could make use of either spotlights or pendants.
Flush mounted lighting fixtures are those which are placed directly on the ceiling, without any parts hanging down below them.
They’re usually very sleek and simple designs that will illuminate the room without taking centre stage themselves.