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Tips on Buying Home Lighting Fixtures

by Lindsay Wilcox

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Illuminate your kitchen, bedrooms and living room with home lighting fixtures that are affordable and effective. Whether you're looking for decorative lighting to update a boring entryway or LED home lighting for a bright craft room, this guide can answer the questions you have about home lighting. Read on for tips on buying home lighting fixtures.

Shopping for Home Lighting:

  1. Choose between decorative and practical lighting. While you can buy indoor lighting that is both beautiful and functional, you may need to shop for light fixtures that provide more light than the decorative lighting styles you like, especially when you're short on space. Recessed lighting works well in kitchen and dining room areas where lamps are impractical, but you may want decorative light fixtures, including sconces and table lamps, in your living room and hallways for a stylish touch.

  2. Tackle one room at a time. You probably have a lot of home lighting ideas for different areas in your home, but it'll be easier to decide on lighting if you focus on just one room at once. Buy LED home lighting for an area that needs a lot of light, such as a garage or an office where your kids work on homework. To update your bedroom, look for home lighting with a softer glow, such as bedside lamps or even floor lamps you can place in the corner. Add recessed lighting to your family room so you can play games or watch movies together without worrying about damaging lamps and other fixtures.

  3. Keep your home's style in mind. If you buy primarily contemporary furniture and furnishings, your home will be best suited by modern home lighting, including minimalist chandeliers, simple lamps and elegant sconces. Complement a more eclectic style with vintage-inspired lighting fixtures, such as Tiffany-style torchiere lamps and elaborate chandeliers. Modern home lighting can also work well with a laid-back decorating style.

  4. Think about installation before you buy. Chandeliers, sconces and similar indoor lighting fixtures are attractive and add style to any home, but they also require wiring and installation. If you like to frequently change your decor or switch pieces into other rooms, come up with home lighting ideas that can be updated or moved easily. Table lamps, floor lamps and candle holders are all portable and simple to change when you need a fresh look.

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