Lighting plays a major role in the style and atmosphere of your home. Light fixtures can be relegated to the background, but, when thoughtfully selected, create the backdrop for the style of the room. Properly chosen and appropriately placed, light fixtures can define the look and function of a space.
Create a Lighting Plan
Experts all agree that a properly lighted space begins with a good plan.
A good lighting plan will provide style and warmth, help with daily tasks, and highlight features of your home. Think in terms of lighting layers when choosing the light sources for a room.
There are three types of lighting to consider:
- Ambient lighting provides soft, general illumination without glare to fill undefined areas of the room.
- Task lighting adds a bright light to areas where visual activity takes place.
- Accent lighting is used to focus attention on specific objects such as art, or architecture, to set the mood and add drama to a room.
Lastly, don't overlook the available natural light- windows, skylights, glass doors. Think about your lighting needs for both day and night.
Keep it in the Family
Lighting designers make it easy to create consistency and flow in your home. When selecting lighting, a great approach is to decide on a style and finish. Our lighting manufacturers offer many "families" of lighting which include chandeliers, wall sconces, bathroom lighting, pendants, ceiling fans and flush-mount lights; grouped by style, this approach allows you to easily express your own personal taste in décor while maintaining a coordinated, harmonious look throughout your home.
For instance, in the kitchen, try to match your light fixtures to cabinet hardware, hinges, plumbing fixtures and door handles. Not everything has to match perfectly, but try to keep them in the same finish family.
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What Works Outdoors?
We offer a variety of fixtures that are suitable for island climate. Our Lighting Design team can help you create a plan for your outdoor spaces and order all the necessary components- from the lighting fixtures to transformers, wiring and accessories.
Size and Scale
Take a look at your space, ceiling height and overall feel of your space to determine how large or small your fixtures should be. There are so many choices- from large multi-tier chandeliers to simple, elegant pendants; sconces, flush mount ceiling lights, and more.
Recessed lighting is both minimalistic and functional, and a great way to light up a work space or add focus to a special feature.
Bright Ideas for Choosing Bulbs
Once you have chosen your lighting, you will need some light bulbs. We offer a full selection of bulbs, and recommend the new energy-efficient options. With the use of traditional incandescent bulbs phasing out, it is possible to choose energy efficient bulbs that will provide similar light and warmth.
Understand the Terminology
Kelvin - a scale for the color of the light. The lower the number, the warmer the light. The Kelvin scale typically runs from 2,500K for the warmest color up to 6,000 for the coolest.
Wattage - a measure of how much energy a bulb uses. A lower wattage means that a bulb uses less electricity, but is not longer necessarily an indication of brightness with the newer CFL and LED bulbs. Now lumens are the gauge for brightness.
Lumens - measure the brightness of the bulb. For example, a typical living room may require about 1,500 - 3,000 lumens for lighting.
Your Lighting and Electrical Experts
In addition to light fixtures for residential use, Global Sales offers a full line of commercial lighting, as well as lighting and electrical supplies including wire, boxes, cover plates, switches, light bulbs, etc.