Lighting Up Your Space: Choosing Bulbs & Fixtures

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Lighting Up Your Space: Choosing Bulbs & Fixtures

Lighting up your space effectively can transform the feel and functionality of any room, impacting mood, aesthetics, and even health. By considering the type of bulbs, fixtures, and their placement, you can enhance your environment to suit your lifestyle and preferences.

Understanding Light Bulbs

Understanding the different types of light bulbs and their characteristics can help you make informed choices for your lighting needs. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are known for their energy efficiency, longevity, and availability in various colors and brightness levels, making them suitable for almost any setting. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) also consume less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last longer, though they require some time to reach full brightness. Halogen bulbs provide a bright, white light and are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, but they tend to run hotter and have a shorter lifespan. Incandescent bulbs, on the other hand, emit a warm light but are less energy-efficient and have a shorter life compared to other types.

Brightness and Color

In terms of measuring the output of lightbulbs, lumens are used to quantify brightness—more lumens translate to a brighter light. Wattage is an indication of energy use, with lower watts signifying less energy consumption. The color temperature of a bulb, measured in Kelvin (K), affects the color of the light emitted; it ranges from warm lights (lower Kelvin values) to cooler, daylight tones (higher Kelvin values).

It's important to consider all these elements in order to select the right type of lightbulb for the application for the rooms in question.

Choosing Fixtures

When choosing lighting fixtures for your space, it's important to consider both their purpose and design to enhance the functionality and aesthetic of the room. Ambient lighting, such as ceiling fixtures, chandeliers, and recessed lights, provides general illumination to a space. Task lighting, which includes desk lamps, under-cabinet lights, and pendant lights, offers focused light that is ideal for performing specific activities. Accent lighting, like track lighting and spotlights, is used to highlight architectural features or artworks, adding depth and dimension to the room.

The style and design of the fixtures should harmonize with the decor of your room, whether it's modern, industrial, traditional, or minimalist. The size and scale of the fixtures also need to be appropriate for the size of the room; larger spaces may require bigger or multiple light sources to achieve the desired effect.

In terms of installation and placement you’ll want to strategically position them based on the room's layout and the activities typically performed there. Some installations, particularly those that involve hardwired fixtures, might require professional help to ensure they are installed safely and correctly.

Come See Howe

If you have more questions or want some advice in choosing the right lighting and fixtures for your spaces, come visit Howe Lumber. Our 3,000 sq. ft. showroom showcases the latest in kitchen, bath, doors and windows, and our experienced staff is always available to help. Since 1965 we have been committed to helping customers from frame to finish. We can help you achieve your design and construction goals.

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