Indoor, Outdoor Lighting | Angies List Tips
- Consider the various activities that will occur in the room you’re lighting. Use general lighting for entertaining and watching television, task lighting for reading or sewing and accent lighting for artwork and plants.
- If you’re unsure how much lighting the room will require, plan to “over light” and install dimmers.
- Rarely does one overhead light cut it in the kitchen these days – consider the cabinets, sink, island and other work stations.
- Adequate lighting in the bathroom is critical. Task lighting is recommended for the vanity, but stay away from recessed lights as they’ll cause dark shadows on your face. And don’t forget the shower or tub.
- Chandeliers or pendant lights should be hung 30” above the table surface.
- Drown a small room in recessed lighting to make it feel bigger.
- If you purchase a fixture with three-way lighting, don’t forget to purchase a three-way bulb.
- Dimming controls allow you to design the lighting to suit each mood and activity.
- Energy-saving fluorescents give off more light than the energy they consume compared to incandescents. They’re more expensive up front, but will last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs.
- Outdoor lighting enhances the beauty of your property, makes your home safer and more secure and can extend the amount of time you enjoy outdoors.
- A common mistake homeowners make is buying outdoor fixtures that are too small. A good rule of thumb is they should be one-quarter the height of your entry door.
- If flanking both sides of your front door, the fixture can be a little smaller; think bigger if you’re just lighting one side however.
- Motion detector lights are a great option for lesser-used paths, providing security and visibility when needed, but without the price tag of constant use. Solar options are also available to illuminate paths away from an electrical connection.
- Look for rust resistant coatings on outdoor fixtures, like cast aluminum.