Affordable Light Fixtures: Brightness on a Budget
Discount and Deluxe Table Lamps
For something functional, just get a compact table lamp that won’t break the bank. Doubling up on the same low-cost lamp can look intentional and distract from less polished details. At a higher price, you can expect a table lamp to have a trendy textured base made from raw driftwood or glazed ceramics. Or, it could have a modern metallic finish.
If you splurge, you’ll also get a striking silhouette for a guest-room-ready impression, like a lamp base shaped in Greek Key pattern. An inexpensive lamp shade doesn’t mean it’s flimsy, just made from low-cost materials. A high-end shade brings more visual dynamism to the table. You can clip on a faux formal lamp shade for inexpensive elegance.
Frugal and Fancy Floor Lamps
When it comes to floor lamps that can enliven and enlighten your space, you can always get the luxe look for less. You don’t need an eagle eye to spot the difference between plain-Jane features and elegant details. If you pay more, your floor lamp might feature multiple arms, a fancy trim, or be solid rather than plated metal. You pay more for artisanal flair, which can mean either a unique handmade quality or a smoother, contemporary look.
Economic and Extravagant Wall Lights
When the daylight begins to fade, it’s nice to have a modest little fixture to set the mood for some down-time. The wall sconce is your friend. Since sconces aren’t wildly effective for general ambient lighting, you’ll need multiple fixtures. Less expensive sconces still give off the same amount of light, and you’ll be able to afford more than one.
A costlier piece could be made from more solid materials or feature a convenient swing arm, but you’re still going to need several fixtures for efficient coverage. If your priority is craftsmanship rather than value, then you’ll have to spend more to get the amount of light you need.
Bargain and Big-Ticket Ceiling Fans
If you want a subtle light fixture that can be mixed right in with your other humble furnishings, the ceiling fan is your best bet. As a lighting-cooling combo, this guy really does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to making your space look and feel great. Size, mount, blade finish, and control accessories all influence ceiling fan pricing. Read our full guide for Tips on Buying Ceiling Fans.
Sensible and Swanky Chandeliers
Modern chandelier prices are as tiered as the fixtures themselves. A lavish chandelier will be fortress-like in its embellishments, costing you upwards of $200 to $300.
Feeling thrifty? Affordable chandeliers will have less exciting features, like pull chains instead of modern controls or glass baubles rather than crystals, but come at price points that won’t stress you out. Simple chandeliers are great for establishing an understated elegance throughout your home, although you might want to splurge on a fancier fixture for your high-ceilinged dining room or entryway.
Low-Price and Luxury Pendants
It’s not as bulky as a chandelier, so it’s not as expensive, right? Sometimes. If you’re looking for a light fixture to help you shine, the pendant is your star. A metallic finish can up the price of your pendant, but helps the fixture reflect light. You can opt for plastic over glass to save a buck, but eventual discoloration is a possible consequence.
You can splurge for quality you can feel with a drum-shaped pendant that features a fabric shade. Prefer to put your money into comfort and ease? Go for a shade material with more everyday wear-and-tear appeal.
Practical and Posh Track Lighting
If you’re a fan of form, splurge for more modern or imaginative shapes for your track’s fixtures. Under $100, you can expect much more basic, cable-car like function: simple, industrial, back-and-forth lighting. These fixtures are less subtle than recessed cans, but are also less expensive. If price isn’t an obstacle, check out individually rotating lights for the best coverage.
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Sure, if you splurge you might get more convenient accessories, higher-grade finishes, and more energy efficiency, but to truly balance your budget, choose a combination of vertical and horizontal lighting fixtures. Not only will an even mix of lighting add spatial definition, you’ll find a wider range of price points.
For more on what types of lighting to look for, read up on the differences between ambient and accent lighting. To plan for outlets, architecture, and more, read our comprehensive guide full of Home Lighting Tips.
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