Home improvement is something that can take a lot of time as you think, plan, conduct, review, then think some more. There are many elements to consider but one of the few that you have to give importance to is the process of choosing ceiling lighting fixtures. Remember that the best-looking lights can easily enhance the décor and the overall appearance of the room. The right fixtures can also provide ample lighting in your room, therefore, it makes sense to plan your fixture purchase.
There are different kinds of lighting to consider. What would you be using mainly? Will you want task lighting for your reading and work-related activities? Accent lighting is chiefly used for decorative purposes. You can highlight a piece of artwork or an architectural feature inside a room. Ambient lighting, on the other hand, can provide soft lighting that can complement activities like watching TV or create a restful mood inside the bedroom.
The Importance of Positioning and Measurements
Prior to buying ceiling fixtures, consider what sorts of activities will be performed inside the room. Consider also the size of the room. Since this is important, take time to measure the size of your living room, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. After taking these essential measurements, decide the exact location inside that room where you will place the fixture. Would you want it at the center of the room so that it can evenly distribute illumination or just towards the side to emphasize the lovely Greek column in the living room?
The rooms dimensions matter since you wouldn’t want to buy the wrong size of chandelier. This could result in guests bumping their heads on your new chandelier all because you didn’t take the time to measure.
There is a general rule or formula in determining the right diameter for your ceiling fixture. Measure the width and length of the room then know the sum of these two numbers. As you get the sum, convert it into inches. Therefore, a room that is 10 feet by 12 feet should be 22 inches wide (10+12+22). This formula is no longer applicable if you are going to install a pendant light or chandelier over your dining table. In this case, measure the width of your table then subtract 12 inches from the total width to come up with the width of your chandelier or pendant light.
Think also about that instance when you will eventually replace the bulb. The higher the ceiling, the more difficult it is for you to replace the busted bulb. High or vaulted ceilings require a ladder for bulb replacement.
You could also look into dimmers for your ceiling lighting fixtures. This is a great way to manipulate the light’s intensity. You can also easily create different ambient settings inside just one room.
Other Types of Ceiling Lighting
The first type is suspended lighting that hangs from the ceiling. Pendant lights, chandeliers, and island lights are perfect examples of suspended lighting. Have you also seen those unique ceiling fan fixtures? There are some models that come complete with light.
Find different colors and styles for your suspended lighting.
Another type of ceiling light is the mounted type. This light is set very close to the walls. flush-mounted types are attached right on the ceiling wall while the semi-flush mounted type hangs a bit lower. If you want ease in bulb replacement then choose the latter.
Track lighting is designed to highlight a specific spot. It is useful and decorative at the same time. It is referred to as track lighting because it comes with pivoting arms. There are a few that can slide along metal tracks which, in turn, holds them. Utilitarian homes would do well to have this kind of ceiling light. There are hundreds of ceiling lighting fixtures to choose from so it is best to begin shopping now.