See your home in a new light

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

hey call it mood light­ing for a rea­son. Whether it’s a cozy and in­ti­mate den or a bright and func­tional work space, choos­ing the right lo­ca­tion, wattage, and fix­tures is one of the most im­por­tant de­sign de­ci­sions you can make.

And with the news that in­can­des­cent light bulbs are be­ing tran­si­tioned out across the coun­try, now is the best time for a re-eval­u­a­tion of your light­ing needs. Ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts at The Home De­pot, the right light­ing for ev­ery space is as easy as fol­low­ing these trusted tips.

Set­ting the scene: Each room should have a mood that re­flects its use. Di­rect or task light­ing fo­cuses on a workspace, like a coun­ter­top; and am­bi­ent or in­di­rect light­ing is used to cre­ate at­mos­phere, for ex­am­ple in a din­ing area. Re­mem­ber to vary the bright­ness lev­els in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of a room to help pre­vent “light­ing fa­tigue” which of­ten oc­curs in shad­ow­less spa­ces, such as con­fer­ence rooms.

The lay­er­ing ef­fect: Us­ing a va­ri­ety of light sources in a room cre­ates a mul­ti­task­ing space – from un­der cab­i­net kitchen lights for prep­ping meals to pen­dant lights for home­work and ca­sual en­ter­tain­ing. Start with am­bi­ent light to evenly il­lu­mi­nate, then spot­light work ar­eas with di­rec­tional light­ing. Ac­cent and dec­o­ra­tive lights, such as chan­de­liers and lamps, bring it all to­gether.

Go for drama: Why not add a crys­tal chan­de­lier to an en­suite bath or em­pha­size a wood-beam with fo­cused ac­cent light­ing. Cre­at­ing drama is all about up-light­ing to fo­cus at­ten­tion on im­por­tant el­e­ments like a fire­place, paint­ing, or an ar­chi­tec­tural de­tail.

Multi-di­rec­tional: Con­sider us­ing di­rec­tional lightin­gon coun­ter­tops, kitchen is­lands, dressers and seat­ing ar­eas to add in­ter­est. Re­duce shad­ows with­out cre­at­ing the “of­fice” ef­fect by train­ing re­cessed fix­tures on the ta­ble and chan­de­lier in the din­ing area, or down­lights di­rectly over sinks and van­i­ties.

Dim­ming for dol­lars: Dim­mers are the quick­est fix for set­ting the mood and won’t break the bank. And as the days get shorter and we need more lights on, switch­ing to high ef­fi­ciency bulbs will help re­duce the monthly bills. In fact, why not try out the lat­est in LED, CFL, or halo­gen tech­nol­ogy? The light­ing depart­ment at The Home De­pot has a wide se­lec­tion of bulbs in­clud­ing the op­tions from man­u­fac­tur­ers like Philips and Cree.

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