When you walk into a home that’s warm and inviting, it’s not always clear why. However, much of it may have to do with the lighting. the right lighting can make a sofa more appealing, the architectural accoutrements more impressive, and the kitchen more cozy.

In this way, bigger does not always mean better. In fact, adding or changing a few small fixtures, such as portable lamps, can completely transform a room’s ambience and design scheme.

With the proper light bulb and shade, a lamp can provide effective task lighting, while also serving as an important decorative element in a space.

It is important to highlight that a lamp should be a part of the overall whole, not the end-all, be-all of light in a room. One or two lamps cannot effectively illuminate a large space if they are the primary light source, which is why you should think of table and floor lamps as accessories to a room that create layers of light.

Layering Your Lights

Layering of light means there are multiple types of lighting fixtures in a single space. For example, in addition to recessed and decorative lighting at the ceiling, table and floor lamps can provide lighting for dark corners.

The hard part may be in picking which lamps work best for the space you have and choosing from the plethora of types and styles available.

Not Your Parents’ Light Bulbs Anymore

It used to be that table and floor lamps typically used incandescent bulbs, until the introduction of LED light bulbs, which now provide a better option. LED bulbs are five to six times more efficient than incandescent bulbs, and can last 25 times longer, making them both money and energy savers.

It is important to choose the correct colour temperature of the bulb. Incandescent and halogen bulbs all have the same warm colour temperature, which is a measure of how visually warm or cool a space appears. LED bulbs are available with different colour temperature ratings, and consumers sometimes make the mistake of choosing a colour that appears too cool or bluish.

In case you are confused about the many bulb options, the bulb package labels include detailed information about light output, wattage consumption and colour temperature. Chosoe a colour temperature in the 2700K to 3000K range, which should match the colour of incandescent halogen bulbs.

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