What are some things to consider when updating the decorative lighting in your home?
The first thing to consider is your budget and your priorities. Simply changing one fixture, such as a dining room chandelier, or adding some pendants in your kitchen can change the whole atmosphere of the space. Because lighting fixtures are one of the design elements that aren’t changed often in your home, it is especially important that you are happy with your selection. It isn’t necessary to change everything all at once. Don’t “settle.” If that means waiting until you find just the right fixture, at just the right price, then it is worth it.
Why is it important to consult with a professional lighting designer when replacing or putting new lighting in your home?
Lighting is currently in the midst of a technological revolution and it is important to understand the way that these changes can affect your home and your lifestyle. So many factors, such as color temperature, brightness, size, energy efficiency, and the final expense, should be considered when selecting new lighting. Additionally, knowledge of safety and building codes is essential. A professional lighting designer can take all of these factors into consideration, as well as assisting with the decorative decisions, to ensure that you are pleased with your investment for years to come.
What are some of the leading trends in lighting, today?
Currently, the decorative lighting trend seems to be leaning towards lighter, brighter finishes, including champagne, light antique brass, and chromes. Elongated chandeliers, with stunning contemporary crystal, fit better above long dining tables or give additional depth to a room. Using LED to backlight translucent surfaces, such as onyx countertops, glass shelving, and agate accent walls, has become quite affordable and stylish.
Of course, when it comes to technology, LED is here to stay. However, not all LED is alike and low quality products lead to poor performance and light quality. A professional lighting designer can assist you in selecting LED that is affordable, has a warm color temperature, is fully dimmable, and can last a lifetime.
(TOP PHOTO) These onyx shelves, backlit with LED slab light technology, provide a stunning focal point to this room.
Lighting design by Lynne Stambouly, Specialty Lighting Division, Lighting First
Photography by Giovanni Photography
Space designed by Lindsey Davis of Reed Design Build