Choosing Lighting Fixtures for your Home

The proper lighting enables you to perform tasks easily, makes you feel safer and more comfortable, and allows you to enjoy your home at its full potential. Each room however, has specific and unique General and Accent lighting needs.

Consider when planning your lighting needs for each room in your home.

Interior Lighting / Living Area
– Enhance your room’s ambience, dramatize wall textures, accent artwork, or just provide general illumination for your den, living room, family room, playrooms, or bedrooms. A variety of different types of lighting fixtures will work for both your general lighting and accent lighting needs.

– Use recessed lighting to light a general area. This is preferred because the light source is concealed. Close-to-Ceiling Fixtures, Wall Sconces, and Interior Lamps are also excellent choices and provide ample lighting. These fixtures are not only decorative pieces, but are ideal sources of task lighting for reading or playing games.

– Try recessed lighting or track lighting to make a room come alive by accenting artwork, wall washing, or grazing. Interior lamps are also a great choice.

– Try CFL Lighting to get more value for your money.

Exterior Lighting
– Whether your goal is to enhance the beauty of your home, or provide additional security, you have numerous lighting options to light up your home’s exterior. These lights are both functional and fun! Extend the hours you can spend outside, or create a festive environment!

– The selection of lighting fixtures is of two primary types: decorative and functional. Decorative fixtures are used along pathways, on walls and posts, and entrance foyers. The design of these fixtures should complement the look and feel of your house and landscape while providing sufficient lighting for safety, security, and functionality. When installing a wall lantern, size the fixture to the door and surrounding space. Wall lanterns should be mounted slightly above eye level at about 60″ to 66″ from the center of the fixture to the floor. Post-top lanterns can be selected to match the style of the wall lanterns. Large post top lanterns make a better impression when used in large open space.

– Be mindful, however that most lantern-style fixtures are glaring light sources. They spill light in all directions and can be a cause of light tresspass (onto others’ properties) and distracting glare for drivers. Many lighting designers forego lantern style lights entirely and instead use lights with hoods (that shield the glare) and lights that are positioned within plant material so they are hidden completely.

– Hidden lights are of the second type – functional. They are strategically positioned around the property to selectively illuminate plant material and architecture. A skilled lighting designer positions fixtures so only the effect of the illumination is seen, not the lighting fixtures themselves.

– Add landscape lighting, deck lighting, and step lighting to not only bring out the beauty of the home at night, but also add extra security and safety.

Contact Mazzucco Electric today (203-257-0297) to learn how we can help you with your electrical project.