Mistakes To Avoid When Lighting Up Your Home


If you are looking for the perfect light fixtures for your home, then you likely want to make sure that there is more than enough light for you and your guests to see properly. And while more light can be added by simply adding additional fixtures to a space, there are some mistakes that you want to stay away from. Keep reading to learn what they are. 

Installing Recessed Lighting

Recessed lights, which are sometimes called pot, can, or canister lights, are lighting fixtures that are fit into small openings in the ceiling. The lights sit flush with the ceiling, and this essentially hides them so they are not seen when you look into a space. While recessed lights can help to ensure that kitchen and dining room areas have a minimal design without lights taking away from focal points, a good deal of the light will not reflect into the room. The fixtures themselves will keep the light shining downward, which limits light on any space that is not directly below the lights. 

Recessed lights are best used above countertops in kitchens so you can preserve space around cabinets. Flush mounts that are installed in the ceiling are often a better choice and feature larger lights that sit lower than recessed varieties. Semi-recessed lights that extend up to 18 inches from the ceiling are an option too. If you do choose smaller lights, like semi-recessed or flush-mount varieties, then pick out some regular suspension lights or hanging lights that sit over your island or kitchen table.

Installing Lights Too High or Low

In most cases, you want your lighting to be installed at different levels. These levels should sit near the ceiling, towards the middle of the room, and closer to the floor. If rooms are smaller or if they have low ceilings, then you can often get away with one or two levels. However, if you place your lights too high or low, the light will not reach the ceiling or the floor. This can give the effect of a space appearing like a cave, since there will be dark areas. 

You typically want lights to sit about 60 to 66 inches from the floor. To create a level above a table, you want the light to sit about 30 to 36 inches above the table. The lights can be adjusted somewhat depending on the ceiling height, with lights sitting a bit higher if ceilings are 10 feet high. Lights that are larger in diameter will also help to illuminate the area. 

If you want to know more about the best type of home decor light fixtures for the specific rooms in your house, speak with home decor specialist. 

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My name is Angie Myers and this is my home and garden blog about landscape lighting. I have a beautiful flower garden in my back yard and I often go out there in the evenings to relax in my swing. Some evenings it gets dark before I'm ready to go back inside so I decided that I wanted to install landscape lights in my garden. I did a lot of research about the different kinds of lights that are available and I went to several lighting stores to look at their selection of lights. After choosing the types of lights I wanted and having them installed, I can now stay outside in my garden for as long as I like. If you want to learn all about landscape lighting for your garden, read the information in my blog.

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