As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
The right light fixture can make any room pop. However, finding the right light fixture can be painstaking and frustrating if you are a first time buyer. The vast selection of lighting available in most home stores can be very distracting if you don't know what you are shopping for. To make your job easier, you can follow these few helpful tips and tricks that will make purchasing the perfect light fixture as easy as 1-2-3.
#1 - Choose the Right Size
When narrowing down light fixtures, you can weed out the unnecessary by knowing the right size fixture to buy. House Beautiful offers a quick and easy formula you can use to calculate the size of your light fixture. First, add the length of the room to the width of the room. Once you have that figure, convert that number to inches. For example, if you have a room that is 10 feet by 10 feet, you should be shopping for a light fixture that is 20 inches in diameter.
The only time this rule doesn't apply is if you are hanging a light directly over a table. The diameter of a light hanging over a table should be twelve inches less than the width of the table.
#2 - Purpose
Every room in your home serves a purpose—make sure the fixture you choose supports that purpose. In rooms where people will be working or creating, choose a light that is bright enough to fulfill the needs of it's occupants. Likewise, don't choose a fixture that is overly bright in a room where rest and relaxation serves the primary purpose. Examine each fixture carefully to make sure the brightness matches the purpose of the space.
#3 - Lightbulbs
Lightbulbs can make or break the finished product. Most fixtures displayed in home stores will sport the highest wattage recommended to show off their maximum potential. If you have found a fixture that meets the size and purpose of your space, don't leave without buying bulbs with the correct wattage. The wattage recommendation will be listed on the packaging of your light fixture. Don't skimp on wattage; it will drastically change the amount of light your fixture emits.
Shopping for lighting can be a really fun experience, especially when you can quickly eliminate fixtures that won't work due to their size and purpose. Lastly, don't just fill your new light fixture with the random lightbulbs you have lying around your house. Look for the correct wattage to maximize the light output. You should seriously consider hiring a professional electrician (such as B Electric Inc) to install light fixtures. Electricity is very dangerous and can be deadly when not handled correctly. Professional electricians will also know precisely where in a room your light fixture will look best.Share
16 January 2015