Different Types Of Ceiling Lighting
When you want to change the look of your home, it doesn’t mean you have to invest in expensive interior design makeovers, complete with brand new furniture and appliances. You can just start by changing your lights. It’s easy enough to update ceiling lighting fixtures and it won’t cost a lot of money.
So how do you go about it? Here are some suggestions:
Safety is always your top priority especially in electrical DIY projects. So before you start any step with your celling lighting upgrades, you should disconnect the power at the breaker first. It’s also important that you use a multimeter, so that you can determine how much electricity is running through a wire.
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Ambient Or Accent Lighting?
With ceiling lights, you have 2 options depending on the purpose of the lights. You can go with ambient lighting, which is designed to illuminate an entire space or room. This means that its brightness is a priority, so that it can deliver its light evenly throughout the area.
The other option is accent lighting. In this case, you want the celling light to focus on a small space or area of the room. This is the kind of light you need when you want to have the light for reading in a corner of the room. You may also use the light to highlight a painting or a sculpture. This time the light doesn’t have to be too bright, as long as it features a particular small area.
Tips On Enhancing Your Ceiling Lights
Whether you’re looking for ambient or accent ceiling lights, here are some ideas which you might consider.
- Track Lighting. Instead of having your lights in just one spot, with track lighting you can have your lights easily moved to different positions along the track. You can have larger or more fixtures to illuminate an entire space, or you can have smaller and fewer light fixtures to just highlight particular spaces in the room.
- Chandelier. There’s nothing more dramatic than having a chandelier in a room. It offers a truly luxurious and sophisticated atmosphere, yet some chandeliers can be playful as well. A large chandelier in the middle of the celling can light up a room, while a smaller one can also be installed for the corner of the room.
- Recessed Lighting. This type of light brightens up an area of the room so you don’t have to suffer from the glare of the light. While it’s a great accent lighting option, you just need to install more for ambient lighting.
- Pendant lighting. This is like a miniature chandelier with strings, and you can hang several of them on the ceiling. This is another way to creatively brighten up your room. Just put in one or two for accent lighting or a whole row of these lights for ambient lighting.
- Flush mount. These are the typically circle-shaped than can easily blend into the background. They’re best for low ceilings or for areas where you don’t really wish to use as an interior design area.
In fact, if you really want to make changes without spending too much, just change the bulbs in your fixtures. LEDs offer a different effect than CFLs and incandescent lights, and of course you can change the color of the bulbs.