5 Lighting Mistakes to Avoid 1/24/2018
Giving your home that Pinterest-worthy glow isn`t as easy as you may think. Avoid these common mistakes to up your lighting game!
For some people, lighting a space is simply installing a fixture and turning it on. But it requires more involvement than that and failing to give consideration to the details can result in wasted energy or poor illumination. Check the list below to determine if your lighting is living up to its full potential. If it's not, be sure to visit your local Cardello Lighting Showroom to work with one of our experienced lighting consultants.
1. Size Issues
When making a lighting purchase it's important that your fixture not only fits the decor, but also the scale of the space. The professionals at Hinkley Lighting suggest the following procedure to determine your dining room chandelier size:
"To size a chandelier for your dining room, or to be the focal point of your space, measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together. The sum, converted to inches, will equal the diameter that you can use as a guideline when selecting the size of your chandelier.
Example: 14' 20'= 34'
Converted to inches = 34"
Correct Size Chandelier=34" Diameter
If the resulting measurement (room length width, converted to inches) seems inappropriate due to the size of your table, size your chandelier three quarters the width of your table.
In most cases, the bottom of your chandelier should sit approximately 30" to 32" above the table top."
2. A Single Light Source
3 is better than 1 and it's all about layering. A good lighting plan combines all three of the following types to light a space for function and style.
-Ambient: Overall lighting (i.e. chandeliers, ceiling lights, wall fixtures, recessed & track, etc.)
-Task: Lighting for a specific function like cooking or grooming ( pendant, undercabinet, lamps)
-Accent: Lighting used to highlight or decorate a space (recessed & track, picture lights)
3. Choosing Fashion Over Function
There are so many gorgeous light fixtures in existence that you don't need to settle for poor illumination simply because it matches your decor. Work with one of our lighting consultants to find premium fixtures that will provide correct light distribution for your space (and look good while doing so)!
4. Inefficient Bulbs
Believe it or not, incandescent bulbs are still in use in 82% of American homes. With the continually increasing LED technology, you have more options than you think when it comes to choosing the right bulb. You don't have to compromise on style to reduce your energy costs. When your bulbs burn out, considering replacing them with their energy efficient equivalent to save big on your electric bill. Still unsure? Visit your local Cardello location to view a broad selection of LED bulbs with multiple temperature, brightness, and style options.
5. Not Taking Control
Moods change, your lighting should too. Add dimmers, motion sensors, timers, or home automation solutions to your space to save time, money and energy! And with new Wi-Fi Lighting systems like Adorne from Legrand, you can even control your lights remotely on your smart devices.