Fascinating Lighting 101 – How to Shop for Light Fixtures

Fascinating Lighting 101 – How to Shop for Light Fixtures

Fascinating Lighting Starts with Quality Light Fixtures

To properly light a space, one must rely on various factors beginning with even the light bulb. Next comes the placement of the fixture, and, of course, it’s style. It’s quite a challenge; there is no doubt. This is true of any particular space in question, and regardless of what type of style you prefer. Below are great tips and tricks on shopping for perfect fixtures, from lamps to ceiling mounted pendants and chandeliers, and more.

How to shop for light fixtures

The Quality of the Bulb

The quality of the bulb is directly responsible for the quality light that’s produced in a room. In other words, it has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the fixture. Fixtures can’t produce better light than more expensive ones or less expensive ones.

The question is how the fixture will be used to light the space. Too many downlights in one particular room may lead to the space feeling more oppressive instead of welcoming and warm. Go ahead and use recessed lights, track lights and others that produce down light to your heart’s content but blend them with others to create a warm space. Incorporate wall sconces, accent lights, and table lamps, for example, in such a room.

Continuous Color

Choosing light bulbs for fixtures should be continuous. In other words, they should all be the same in the given room, no matter which light fixtures they may be. Otherwise, it may result in an even lighting, which will produce negative results.

Quality Light Fixtures

It’s important to know how to differentiate between quality and cheap products, especially when it comes to light fixtures. Like this, you’ll know that you’re getting value and the most bang for your buck. Therefore, there are a few factors that should be considered before pulling your wallet out and making the purchase. First off, it should feel sturdy and solid. Lightweight fixtures are made of flimsy are materials are likely shortlived, and they’ll never provide the substance a quality of a more expensive fixture. Moreover, they will they be sturdy wherever they may be placed. So, don’t just look at it, instead, pick it up and get a feel for it. More often than not, cheaper goods like these will need to be replaced soon than a quality one.

Look at the design of the actual fixture. It’s very difficult to get a top-of-the-line design with low-quality, inexpensive goods like these. There is always something that will give it away if it’s not a high-end piece. Weight is usually the number one factor; the second has to do with the materials used to build it.

For example, two identical fixtures, each being at other ends of the spectrum in terms of cost may look alike, but there are things that will divide them. For instance, if glass is used in the higher end product, the cheaper one will either be made with plastic, or a very thin glass that could easily break. The electrical cords are usually quite short on cheaper fixtures, too.

The third giveaway has to do with balance, which sort of plays a role in design. For example, cheaper fixtures are never solid enough where they need to be so that they can stand surefooted wherever they are placed. So, they can easily tip over, much like poor quality dining room chairs that lack in proper weight distribution. Sometimes one can place a handbag on its back, and it will tip over without a doubt. The same is true for light fixtures. However, a high-quality lamp, for example, will be sturdy and solid wherever it’s placed, making it difficult for it to tip over.

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