Buying Lights Guide - Lighting Style
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Important Things to Consider Before Buying Ceiling Lights

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Lighting makes a huge impact on how a room looks and feels. Of all the lighting fixtures that a room needs to have at its disposal, nothing is as important as the ceiling lights. The decision is an essential part of the interior design process. Here are the most important things to consider before buying ceiling lights.

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What Will the Lights Be Used For?

The answer to this question will have a large bearing on the type of lights you should think about buying. For example, if the room in need of lights is a kitchen or a study, it's likely that you will need some task lighting. You may need pendant lights to shine over the work area, hob, or desk.

Is recessed lighting an option?

Recessed lighting is popular as it is discreet, smart and elegant. The focus is on the subject of the illumination and not the light itself. Recessed lighting is ideal for creating ambient lighting to soften the mood of the interior space. It is often a good option for living rooms and relaxing spaces where the central lighting fixture is not there to make a design statement.

How easy to set up, clean and maintain is the fixture?

It's a good idea to have a think about the general setup and maintenance of the light before deciding on whether to buy it. If the light is very high up in the room, are you able to reach it to be able to clean? Are you able to install it easily or will you require the help of ladders and steps? It's fair to say that these practicalities are not as exciting as the colour, design and illuminating power of the light source, but they are essential parts of the planning, and should be given some careful thought.

What light source do you want to use?

How your ceiling lights are powered might well be a factor in what kind of fixtures you can find. There are lots of options (halogens, LEDs, fluorescent globes and florescent tubes) so you won't be stuck for a power source to fire up your new set-up.

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What type of style are you going for?

The style of room should be aligned to the lighting as far as possible. For example, if you're going for a vintage look, a set of antique light globes might be the perfect embellishment. If on the other hand you have sleek modernism at the heart of your plans for the room, minimalist Scandinavian style lighting could be the right touch. Bold colours and surprising designs might be the way forward, in which case unique track lighting might be best. Lights work with the furniture and belongings in your room to create an overall style and look, so it definitely pays to give the whole design some careful planning.