Every room should have all three types of lighting: Overhead, task and ambient. Here are some ideas and things to know when considering lighting:
• One overhead light source is never enough; it creates shadows in the corners.
• The main overhead light in every room should work on a dimmer.
• Wire lamps to work on a switch so you can easily turn them on/off when you enter or exit.
• Install lights that work on a sensor and activate when you walk by or wave your hand in front of them. You can put them along a baseboard or above a kitchen sink.
• Stairways need to be well-lit at the top and bottom to prevent trips and falls.
• A good lamp is an investment that matters. Lamps are the jewelry of a room. Buy beautiful and buy quality lamps. They last forever.
• Position lamps in a triangle. For example, two lamps on either side of the sofa and a floor lamp opposite.
The eye always goes where the light is, so lamps should be spread out near the corners of the room and illuminate at or below eye level.
• All kitchens need lighting under cabinets and over sinks, stoves and work areas; pendant lighting works well over bars, islands and dining tables.
• Bathrooms should have a main overhead, wall sconces beside the medicine cabinet or mirror and every tub or shower should have a light.
• Don’t skimp on lighting. Luxury doesn’t have to mean expensive; good lighting is part of luxury living.
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