Light from lamps makes for cosier en­vi­ron­ment

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CHRIS ARNOLD

You may not like it, but win­ter is com­ing and the days are get­ting shorter.

Less sun­shine means you’ve got to come up with new ways to brighten up your home for the cold, dark times ahead.

But be­ware, not all lights were cre­ated equal.

Light draws your at­ten­tion to wher­ever it is. That’s why we’re so cu­ri­ous about what lurks in the shad­ows.

Ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press, one trick is to keep lights away from the win­dows to avoid glare and stop your­self from look­ing out into the black­ness of night and get­ting sad.

You can lighten up your favourite spa­ces in the house more than usual with softer, wall- or floor­based light­ing. In­stead of over­head lights, go for lamps. It makes for a cosier en­vi­ron­ment.

If you are us­ing a ceil­ing-based light, try to get it a bit lower down. Re­cessed bulbs look more like spot­lights and don’t re­ally cut it when you’re ac­tu­ally try­ing to see in­stead of brighten the room, so try for some chan­de­lier-style lights that will be closer to you.

Re­mem­ber you should be light­ing peo­ple’s faces, not the top of their heads. Just watch yours if you’re un­der­neath.

Don’t be afraid to mix things up with a com­bi­na­tion of clas­sic and mod­ern lights. Blend­ing styles is way more in­ter­est­ing than stick­ing with what was al­ready in­stalled, es­pe­cially if you’re do­ing a ren­o­va­tion.

If you’re re­ally com­mit­ted, con­sider rewiring an old lamp to both make it safer and more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

At the end of the day there’s a va­ri­ety of light fix­tures and styles to im­prove your home. Hav­ing proper light­ing will brighten up your win­ter.

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