How Do I Choose The Best Interior Lighting?

- Nov 27, 2018-

When choosing the best interior lighting, put the focus on what is most important to you, whether you want to focus on environmentally friendly lighting or go for aesthetics and make a room look stunning. Budget can also be a significant factor in choosing interior lighting. For decorators on a slim budget, decorative lamps can be a low-cost option compared to installing wall lighting. The colors of the room and its furniture and the amount of available natural light can also play a factor in designing light for a room.

Environmentally friendly lighting means opting for fixtures with low-energy bulbs than your typical incandescent bulb. A budget option for going environmentally friendly is the compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). A CFL is a fluorescent light designed to fit a standard light bulb socket. These bulbs are significantly more efficient than ordinary incandescent bulbs. In some areas, the energy company offers low-cost CFL bulbs to consumers who want to make the switch, and discount stores often sell the bulbs at a low price.

One issue to consider when choosing interior lighting is the color of light you want the bulbs to give off. This can be a particular issue with CFL bulbs, which sometimes give a yellowish glow to interior lighting. This can be avoided by using CFL bulbs with cool tint, which put off a slightly bluish glow that counters the yellow glow.

Light levels are another important part of designing interior lighting. Ensure that you get bulbs that put off comfortable levels of light for the setting. A painfully bright light may be perfect for a workroom, but it can be painful for guests enjoying a comfortable evening read in their bedrooms. If you need more light than a bulb with a comfortable glow can provide, opt for adding more light sources to a room rather than making the available sources brighter. Another option is to add an adjustable shade to light sources with bright bulbs.

Adjustable interior lighting may be a good option for rooms that serve multiple purposes. Adjustable lighting options can include light bulbs with multiple intensity settings or manual dimmers on the lighting in the room. One setting in which adjustable light may come in handy might be in a kitchen that was attached to a dining room. Using adjustable light, the cook could have full visibility in the kitchen and turn the lights down when it becomes time to relax and enjoy the meal. It can also help provide minimal supplemental light in a room with a good source of natural light in the day.