Column: Lighting options: How to choose

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Installing lighting for a specific area, referred to as task lighting, requires finding fixtures that fit your style and space. (Submitted photo)

Installing lighting for a specific area, referred to as task lighting, requires finding fixtures that fit your style and space. (Submitted photo)

Commentary by David Decker

Choosing the right lighting and light fixtures can be an arduous task. The key is know what your need is in each room before you begin.  Whether it’s your kitchen, family room, or entryway, you should first begin with understanding how you use the room before you begin the selection process.

For example, in a great room or basement where you will need bright full light,  consider recessed lights or flush mount ceiling fixtures. These will give you an overall relaxed feel and easily fill the room with a bright glow. Consult with a professional if you are unsure how to install recessed lighting or how big of a fixture to have for your room.

If your room needs just a little extra light for a reading nook or to brighten a dark corner, consider a floor lamp with an upward glow. This also gives you the option of having a more muted ambiance if you want to avoid bright lights in the evening.

Installing lighting for a specific area, referred to as task lighting, requires finding fixtures that fit your style and space. For example, adding pendants above your kitchen island can bring light into your room quickly and easily. However, be cognizant of how far they hang from the ceiling. If you have an older home with low ceilings, know that pendants make the ceilings feel even lower, and sticking with recessed lighting may be a smarter choice.

From a purely decorative standpoint, wall sconces or similar accent fixtures can cast an indirect light anywhere in a room. Often found flanking a fireplace mantel or as a decorative addition to an entryway, there are a variety of styles when it comes to sconce lighting.

If you’re considering installing new lighting in your home and need some help along the way, give us a call at 317-575-9540.


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