Lighting can be overwhelming to pick out. There are so many options out there (especially with online shopping). And it's not just styles that vary, it's applications too. There are recessed, ceiling mounted, wall mounted, pendent, and more. Selecting the right type of light for your space can really make a difference in functionality and ambiance. Here are a few basics tips to help you narrow down your decisions.
- Select one or two (or three or four... whatever works for you) feature lights.This will save you a lot of money. You'd be surprised how attractive non expensive lights are at Home Depot, Lowes, and Canadian Tire (I bought lights from every one of these places). I wanted a impressive light fixture at my entrance so that's where I spent the money and went to Kingston Lighting (a speciality light shop).
- Select a finish and stick with it. This will help narrow down your searches if you're shopping online. I found all the online stores I checked had the option to select a finish to filter through products. Different manufacturers can have different names for finishes though so try to find all the possible names so you don't miss out. I wanted black, but oiled bronze is often close enough.
- Find a collection that you like. Manufacturers will often make collections that use the same style but for a variety of type of lights. This will keep a uniform look between adjacent spaces and save you time on trying to match different fixtures.
- Know what you need from your lighting. If you are looking for your kitchen, washroom, or somewhere that tasks are performed, then make sure you have a fixture that will produce enough light. Check out how many bulbs the fixture has and what is the maximum wattage. Some websites let you filter your search by number of bulbs. I wish I could tell you 1 bulb for this or 2 bulbs for that, but it all depends on the size of your room, the colours of the ceilings and walls, and the type of lightbulbs you use. I like to check with my electricians for things like this. I have a general idea, but they know best.
- Flexibility. Moods change so your space should be able to reflect that. Dimmers can help achieve this. Or adding accent lighting to go with you ambient lighting (general lighting). Bedrooms and living rooms are good examples of spaces that you want flexible lighting.