Living Room Lighting

Lights are essential fixtures in the living room. Save from the furniture, it sets the ambiance of the room. It also contributes to the camaraderie of the family as they come together and watch their favorite movie, TV show or play table games. Therefore, mounting lights in the room must be given careful attention.

When choosing lights for your living room, you need not go for the expensive ones not unless your budget allows it. You can mix two types and alternate its use. Lights can alter the ambiance of your room. It is cheaper than buying a whole set of furniture.

You also must remember that the living room needs adequate illumination to make any activity pleasurable. The manner you set or install your chosen lighting fixtures will complete the effect you wanted for this room.

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Here are some of the lighting fixtures that you can select from for your living room:

Natural light or sunlight?

Sunlight is for everyone. It saves you on costs and helps in disinfecting the living room. Open your windows in the morning and let the light of the sun to come in. Use thin curtains. If you have thick curtains, open them so the light can come in freely or the blinds if that is what you have.

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Table and Floor Lamps

Table and floor lamps can enhance the appeal of your living room. A variety of modern styles for table and floor lamps are sold online and in furniture stores and malls. These make use of other materials for their shades and stands. Always consider the shape and size of the lamp. Choose lamps with light-colored or white shades. This will give more light unlike those with dark or faint colors.

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Recessed Lighting

Americans call them “can lights” while Canadians call them “pot lights”. They have been an integral part in decorating a home. Recessed lights are installed into mug-shaped openings in the ceilings or walls to obtain a balance effect in every part of the room.

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The lights look like big narrowed spotlights coming from the ceiling or from the wall. The main switch of the living room light is used to turn it on and off. Recessed lighting fixtures are available in accent, muted, low and back lights.

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Task Lights

Used in definite areas of the living room are task lights. These types of lighting fixtures are made to illuminate certain spaces in the living room to establish some distinct effects. A small lamp that is placed in a corner and is used for reading can serve as a task light.

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Overhead Lights

Overhead lights make use of the incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs have more life and are cheaper that incandescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs can also be reprocessed although these types of bulbs are not too appealing. Overhead lighting fixtures are more practical since they are more cost-efficient. They may cost more the first time you buy them but are long-lasting; thus, you save on costs. They can go with other types of lighting accoutrements to create a bit of difference in the room.

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You can use any of the above lighting fixtures in your living room. One thing for sure though lighting fixtures can give your living room a totally new look. Whatever theme you wanted for your room can also be achieve with the proper choice of lights. So learn how to use them appropriately.


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