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Change The Lighting, Set The Mood

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

With all the different types of lighting available, how do you choose what is best? Light bulbs, fixtures and uses of the room all play a part in both the functionality and mood of a room. See what you've been missing with these lighting tricks.

See Clearly Everyday

The use of different types of light bulbs really does matter. Not just for the environment, but because of the light they impart. Check the fixture first, to make sure it is meant for the type of bulb you want to use. Incandescent bulbs are being phased out because of their high energy consumption, but they are still the best for imparting a warm tone to a complexion. Great for use in bathrooms or wherever people gather. Use compact fluorescent bulbs in place of incandescent. Fluorescent bulbs burn brightly to emulate natural daylight and work well for lighting large areas, such as basements, attics, garages or workshops. Area lighting under cabinets or for desks is where light-emitting diode (LED) lights work best.

Light The Way

Rooms for living should often have different types of lighting. First, you need general lighting to brighten the room overall. Second, task lighting is important to see detailed or specialized work. Chopping vegetables in the kitchen is an example for the use of task lighting. Third, use lighting to create a certain mood or highlight a particular object, such as a painting or sculpture. This is known as ambient lighting.

Hang It Up

There are different types of fixtures from recessed to wall and hanging. Determine the use of a room and the type of bulb desired before deciding on fixtures or lamps. A workshop may only need ambient and task lighting, a hallway only ambient lighting or a living room may need all three types of lighting to make it interesting. Ceiling fixtures are great to light up a room. Place a desk lamp on the table used for paperwork or computer use or add a floor lamp for reading next to a comfy chair. Recessed lighting and track lighting work well to showcase a special item or group of items. Set the mood with wall sconces or install a dimmer switch for overhead lights.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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