Impact lighting in any room

Lighting can play a significant role in home decor. While you may use lighting to highlight other room decorations, you can just as easily use statement light fixtures to add impact to a room. The key to impact lighting isn’t just selecting a large fixture that is sure to get everyone’s attention; it’s how well you can incorporate a piece into a room. Find the right statement light fixture for every room by keeping these considerations in mind:

Size of room
If you’re working with a smaller space such as a bedroom, it’s important not to use a light fixture that feels overwhelming. It wouldn’t make sense to install a huge chandelier in a tiny room. Instead, try using a smaller fixture that stands out with its unique design or shape. Try using one of Fine Art Lamps’ Chandeliers for your dining room.

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Style of room
The light fixture you choose should fit in well with the room’s décor. If you’re going for elegance, you don’t want to install a light fixture that screams quirky and fun. Before deciding on a fixture, make sure you know what style to look for.

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Purpose of lighting
Light fixtures need to be both decorative and functional. Depending on the room, you need them for task lighting or to create a specific atmosphere. In bathrooms, you need lighting to help you get ready in the morning, so bathroom lighting needs to be functional. That doesn’t mean, however, you can’t also use lighting to create impact. Try using some beautiflly inspired bath fixtures from George Kovaks to add some flair in your bathroom.GeorgeKovakBathroom

A Spotlight on Energy Efficiency in the Bathroom

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Bathroom lighting can be tricky. We spend a rather significant amount of time in this often-forgotten part of the house, and yet its design doesn’t possess the elegant grandeur or thoughtful comfort of the dining or living rooms. Bathroom lighting needs to be bright enough to catch blemishes, flattering enough that it won’t prevent you from leaving the house, and soft enough to evoke relaxation during bath time. Plus, fixtures have to be approved for damp environments. You may never use the den or grand dining room, but a day doesn’t go by when you don’t use the bathroom (if all goes well). We turn those lights on and off multiple times a day – why not also make them energy efficient?

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It’s thrilling how far energy efficient lighting has come in terms of design aesthetic and light quality. Most energy efficient lighting uses either LED lights or compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) instead of the old familiar incandescent bulb. The difference in energy use of these newer developments from the classic light bulb is remarkable.

Take LEDs. “Light emitting diodes” started out as tiny single bulbs used for electronics, but, due to their efficiency and flexibility, creative designers have been grouping these bulbs together in new and interesting ways, creating warm, radiant – and efficient – lighting fixtures. A beautiful example is Nuvo’s Raindrop. Combining polished nickel and Lucite, the fNuvoLightingRaindropixture has slightly retro styling with very contemporary electronics. Raindrop uses three 4-watt LED modules. Wattage is often mistakenly equated with light output, but, actually, watts refer to the quantity of energy used to illuminate the bulb. Instead of wattage, LEDs are measured in “lumens,” which refers instead to the amount of light emitted. The Raindrop uses about 12 watts, but gives off about 870 lumens. You’d need 60 watts of incandescent light to give off the same brightness. Go with LEDs and you’re using less than a quarter the amount of energy! Not only that, but they last longer – an average LED bulb will be going strong for 50,000 hours – compare that with an incandescent’s quick little life span of 1,200. A fixture like the Raindrop or Access Lighting’s sleek and minimal 31003LEDD will not only save you money on your energy bill, it’ll save you time changing light bulbs.

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Even if you’re satisfied with your current bathroom fixture, it’s easy to snag a little more efficiency simply by switching out the old incandescent for a CFL bulb. Placed somewhere between LEDs and incandescents in terms of efficiency, you can generally get about 8,000 hours of use per compact fluorescent (compared with 50,000 for LEDs and 1,200 for an incandescent). Their old reputation for harsh bright light no longer stands (we’d never recommend that for the bathroom!). CFLs measure brightness in Kelvins – choose a CFL that offers 2700-300K and you’ll find the same warmth of a traditional incandescent, but use about a quarter of the wattage.

So take some time to give your bathroom a little love – and save some money and the environment by switching to energy efficient lighting options.

Bathroom lighting should help you look your best

Today’s bathrooms are private retreats designed for relaxation and escape, and the lighting should underscore the mood. Bathroom lighting should be both attractive and highly functional. It needs to be bright enough for grooming, but also soften the room’s ambiance and provide a warm glow.

There are two “must-haves” for proper bath lighting, points out the American Lighting Association, an industry trade group: an ambient light source and task lighting. The task lighting must be bright enough to do its job, but must also work well with indirect accent lighting.

This is a great time to buy a decorative ambient light fixture, because manufacturers have created fixtures that are both elegant and highly functional. Trends include soft, contemporary styles with bronze finish, as well as ornate, sophisticated fixtures.

While you’ll need task lighting around your mirror, your choices vary based on the mirror size.

708FR52202ORBSmall mirror – Decorative wall fixtures placed on each side of the mirror provide the even, shadow-free facial illumination you want for grooming tasks. For best results, mount the fixtures at least 28 inches apart and 60 inches off the floor. If you have a recessed light over your sink, it should supplement the wall-mounted lighting – don’t use it as the primary light, because it will create shadows on your face.

Large mirror – A strip of horizontal vanity lights, mounted 78 inches off the floor, ensures that each person has sufficient light. The best lighting solution includes a shade for each bulb.

The ALA suggests also adding a dimmer to your vanity lights. You’ll be amazed how often you’ll use it, and how much comfort it adds to the use of your bathroom, say the ALA experts. Being able to adjust the light levels for different situations is amazingly practical.

The three rooms that need accent light the most

Interior design might seem to be all about style, but beneath the beautiful surface, it’s all about function. Figuring out how rooms can be more livable, useful and enjoyable is at the heart of every design question. One of those questions, which comes up again and again, is “How can light improve this room?” In many instances, adding accent light provides the answer.

So, where can accent lighting make a difference in your home? These are three key spaces where lighting often needs to be added through accents that are both stylish and practical:

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This is a room that has to be a bit of a chameleon. Sometimes, it’s the scene for quick weeknight meals; other times, it’s the focal point of special-occasion feasts. Whether you’re dressing it up or dressing it down, lighting in the dining room plays a big role. A chandelier might be the crowning glory of the room, but recessed spotlights can add ambient light, while sconces combine decorative flair and a soft glow.

The bathroom Vanity_life

Bathrooms can be beautiful, but they are some of the hardest-working rooms in your home. Morning after morning and night after night, the whole family takes care of their getting-ready tasks here. Bright light is in high demand, but one fixture generally can’t do it all. Overhead lighting for the shower and tub enhances safety and practicality, while accents angled toward the mirror make grooming much easier.

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This is where guests will get their first impression of your home – and you want it to be a good one. Directed recessed lights are practical here, as it’s often where coats, shoes and other personal articles tend to accumulate.  The shape of your space will help determine the other types of lighting that will work; a long track lighting fixture will illuminate the length of a hallway, and while a chandelier might be a hazard in a low-ceiling entry, if yours soars, it can fill the space with interest. A side table with lamps can add even more warmth to your welcome.

From blah to spa: How bathroom lighting can turn your space into an oasis

Whether your bathroom is hectic or heavenly depends on more than just the size of the room. With the right décor and lighting touches, any bathroom can become more tranquil, providing you a spa-like getaway whenever you need it.

Lighting should be at the heart of your bathroom design – and the more options you give yourself, the more versatile the room will become. But the details of the lighting you choose will also make a big difference, so select wisely.

Think muted 

Rather than super-shiny and crystal clear designs, frosted glass and muted metals can create a softer, more relaxing atmosphere. A vanity light like the Minka-Lavery Aged Stone Three-Light Bath Fixture is also a great choice that also incorporates natural stone for an organic feel.

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Flipping one light switch and being overwhelmed with brightness is the exact opposite of the spa effect. Consider putting overhead lighting, sconces and vanity lighting on separate switches that better allow you to control where the light is coming from.

Dim it down

If you’re limited in the number of fixtures you can add to your bathroom, one simple way to achieve a more versatile look is to put your existing fixtures on dimmers. That way, you can dial down the brightness when you want a more serene space for relaxation.

Everyone needs a place to escape, even in their own home. With a few simple changes in lighting, the bathroom can become your go-to space when you need a little R&R.