SHINE A LIGHT ON AM­BI­ENCE

PRAC­TI­CAL AND MOOD LIGHT­ING CAN LIVE TO­GETHER HAP­PILY

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

Like most peo­ple, I know al­most im­me­di­ately when I en­ter a space whether the light­ing en­hances the room. There are a few tricks to get­ting light­ing just right for prac­ti­cal con­cerns and at­mos­phere. How­ever, if you’re not con­fi­dent about un­der­stand­ing and pre­dict­ing how light­ing can work, pro­fes­sional ad­vice can re­ally pay off.

Ver­sa­til­ity is key

To en­sure ver­sa­til­ity in your light­ing, the best so­lu­tion is to en­sure you have lay­ers of light­ing at dif­fer­ent heights. For in­stance, light­ing at or around chin level is very flat­ter­ing for the face. A range of well-po­si­tioned over­head down­lights plus sconces in­stalled in the walls and a choice of ta­ble and floor lamps strate­gi­cally placed at dif­fer­ent heights will cre­ate in­stant at­mos­phere – depend­ing how you use them. Dim­mers are one of the most prac­ti­cal light­ing aids, pro­vid­ing op­ti­mum con­trol over how much light you want.

Cool light­ing or a warm wel­come

One of the eas­i­est ways to al­ter your light­ing is by chang­ing the bulbs you use. Choose cooler light­ing in the kitchen than bed­room or liv­ing ar­eas. If you’re not sure, you can get ad­vice and globes at a light­ing store.

Go­ing with greener light­ing op­tions

While the new LED and CFL bulbs are more ex­pen­sive than old bulbs, they last much longer and can cost less over time. But some don’t work with dim­mers and other older fit­tings, so con­sult­ing a pro­fes­sional can pay off.

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