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Buying Guide For Lighting

Jul 25, 2008
There are hundreds of different types of lighting for sale so we've put this guide together to help you choose what's right for you

Index

*Hallways & Staircases
*Kitchen
*Bathroom
*Dining Room
*Living Room
*Bedroom
*Kids Bedrooms
*Shades
*Bulb Types

Hallways & Staircases

*Choose brighter lighting for safety reasons
*Directional ceiling spotlights are good for bouncing light of walls to give the illusion of brighter light
*If your ceiling is low choose wall lighting to use up less valuable overhead space
*Keep stairs well lit by using a pendant light at the top of the staircase
*Spotlights at the top of the stairs can create shadow therefore making each individual stair more visible
*Use dimmer switches so you can control / choose the level of brightness
*Use energy saving light bulbs in areas that are used frequently

Kitchen

*Lighting should be functional and directional therefore spotlights are ideal
*Use ceiling fittings that can be adjusted to direct light onto the surface you are working on
*Directional lighting can also be used to highlight a breakfast bar or a picture or feature on the wall
*For safety avoid using floor based lamps that may have trailing wires

Bathroom

*Safety is priority due to the presence of water
*Use a ceiling fitting that can be operated with a pull cord
*Do not choose fittings made from fabric or wood as these will deteriorate in the moist environment

Dining Room

*You need to create the right mood for the occasion so dimmer switches are ideal
*A combination for floor ceiling and wall lighting can create an ambient environment for entertaining
*You can buy matching ceiling floor and wall lights so you can create an attractive overall look
*A ceiling light will provide a good focal point over your dining table
*Directional spotlights can be used to highlight pictures or features on your wall

Living Room

*A combination of floor ceiling and wall lights means you can light your room for different activities, reading, watching TV or just relaxing
*You can get matching ceiling floor and wall lights so you can create an attractive overall look
*Shades and uplighters can be used to direct the light where you need it most and different strength bulbs can be used in different areas
*Directional spotlights can be used to highlight pictures or features on the wall.

Bedroom

*There is a wide range of bedside lamps ideal for reading in bed
*Directional spotlights can be used to highlight pictures or features on the wall or
*Ceiling lights can make an attractive focal point

Kids Bedrooms

*You can get a wide range of fun and funky kids lighting for boys and girls bedrooms
*Use ceiling lighting for general play
*Directional or task lighting should be used if kids are doing homework in their room, reading or using the computer

Shades

*Shades are essential to cover unattractive bulbs and defuse the light into your room
*Shades stop the glare of a naked light bulb
*There are over 85 different styles of light shade, both modern and traditional designs

Bulb Types

Different bulbs serve different purposes so consideration is needed when purchasing:

*Energy saving bulbs - see each type for wattage and energy saving rating
*Candle bulbs - for a more subtle effect, ideal for table lamps
*Classic 100 watt - for everyday use
*Halopar Bulbs - halogen bulbs with a UV filter
*Delux El Vario - with two stage dimming using a normal light switch
*Halogen bulbs - halogen provides a brighter, whiter light than a normal bulb. Ideal for general, task and occasional lighting
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