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Be­fore buy­ing light­ing, think about what you use the room

for. Does it dou­ble up as a study? Do you knit or sew, or use part of the room as a stu­dio? Note it all down to help you de­ter­mine your ac­cent and task re­quire­ments.

A scheme with lay­ers of dif­fer­ent types of light­ing is the most ver­sa­tile op­tion.

For in­stance, team an over­head pen­dant with floor, wall and ta­ble lamps to cre­ate dif­fer­ent moods to suit a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties such as read­ing, watch­ing TV, re­lax­ing and work­ing.

A strik­ing pen­dant fit­ting is an easy way to make a state­ment. Con­sider the ceil­ing height and make sure you choose a de­sign that’s not too large for a low-ceil­ing room and not too small for a room with a high ceil­ing. Flush fit­tings are ideal for lower ceil­ings.

In­clude good task lights, so look for ta­ble and desk lamps, as well as floor op­tions with an­gled heads that can be di­rected ex­actly where needed.

Save on bills by choos­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient bulbs. Com­pact flu­o­res­cent lamps are good for gen­eral light­ing while LEDs are ideal for spot­lights and dim­mers. The lat­ter are more ex­pen­sive but will last longer.

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