Indianapolis lighting experts discuss bathroom fixture trends
Indianapolis lighting experts
What services do you offer?
Debbie Harrison: "We have a large showroom and we offer installation."
Carla Conway: "We do residential lighting and simple lamp repairs. We also have an installation service and designers on staff."
Jean Leeper: "We provide lighting selection and installation. We also do a lot of custom lighting layouts."
What are some lighting trends right now?
Harrison: "We're seeing a lot of bronzes and chrome is coming back in a big way."
Conway: "We're seeing oil- rubbed bronze and chrome finishes, and crystal is really big again."
Leeper: "The new thing we're seeing is the use of LED in lighting. They use less energy, they last longer and they're great for uses like under-cabinet lighting."
What's a typical budget for bathroom lighting?
Harrison: "If you're changing out a vanity, you can do it for under $100, but the sky really is the limit."
Conway: "I would allow at least $150 per light fixture to get a wide selection to choose from."
Leeper: "They can range anywhere from inexpensive to several hundred dollars. An average range is $125."
How do you charge for installation services?
Harrison: "Installation is a $30 flat rate per fixture."
Conway: "It's an $85 trip charge, which includes one light, then it's $10 for each additional light."
Leeper: "It's generally a $50 trip charge and $10 per fixture."
What are some issues homeowners need to know about that they often overlook?
Harrison: "Measuring the dimensions helps us determine how to light the area properly."
Conway: "A lot of times people don't think about the size of the room. We can't properly size the lighting without dimensions."
Leeper: "The very first question: Is what you have now adequate lighting?"
What's the most unusual or expensive fixture you've sold or installed?
Harrison: "We sold a $20,000 Italian hand-blown glass fixture last year."
Conway: "We just hung a hand- made elk antler chandelier from a local elk farm in our showroom today."
Leeper: "I've done some custom crystal chandeliers in the $25,000 range."
What kind of lighting is best for the bathroom?
Harrison: "You want bright, white light that's close to natural daylight, so halogens or color-corrected CFLs are good."
Conway: "The warmer, pinker light from incandescent bulbs or color-corrected fluorescents is the best for complexion."
Leeper: "Most people use incandescent bulbs because the warmer or more yellow light makes you look better."