Thursday, August 4, 2011

Living Room Lights: How to Choose

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Lighting is essential in a home. It provides the right mood for anything that you want to do as well as in perking up your spirits. The living room is one place where you need to choose lights appropriately aside from having comfortable furniture.

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Letting the rays of the sun in our home is free so you must take advantage of it. With the sun’s illumination, there is no need for you to turn on the lights. It also brightens the room in another way, which is entirely different compared with lighting fixtures. It gives radiance keeping a fresher and bouncier feeling. Open your windows to let sunlight inside your living room (and in any room of the home). Use thin curtains especially during summer. You do not get this during winter, anyway, so let the sunshine in. Open the blinds if that is what you have for your windows.

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Table and Floor lamps augments the spirit of your living room. They give a certain softness that gives the living room a feel of warmth, sweetness and harmony. Choose lamps that have a faint-color or white shade so the light can permeate the shade.

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Mounted in cup-shape holes in the walls or ceiling are the recessed lights. Illumination given off by these illuminating fixtures is well distributed all over your living room. It looks like a narrowed spotlight as the radiance is directed downwards. These lighting fixtures can be bought in accent, muted, low and backlights.

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To illuminate a certain area of your living room, make use of task lights. A small lamp can be used for this intention like a nook that is used for reading purposes.

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Overhead lights or the central lights give off more luminosity. Fluorescent and the incandescent bulbs fall in this category. Although it is expensive (if you buy it for the first time), fluorescent bulbs are more cost saving as they last longer than incandescent bulbs. Chandeliers also fall in this category.

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Installing lights in your living room must also complement the rest of your furniture and fixtures. Harmonizing your lights and furniture with the theme of your living room will project a more conducive atmosphere for relaxing, chatting, watching TV, playing card games or whatever family activity that you do in this room.

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