Whether you are building or renovating a home, you probably would not think of lighting as a particularly complicated feature. After all, what can be so difficult about wiring them up and flipping a switch? Well, as it turns out, this is not all there is to it. In fact, lighting is a major component of your home, and as such needs just as much attention as all those other aspects. You do not need to be a lighting specialist either, there are people to handle that for you. However, it certainly does not hurt to research and educate yourself about it as much as possible, since it helps you make better and more informed decisions.

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Not Layering

If you can layer your hair and outfit, why not your lighting too? People tend to invest in lots of overhead lighting, not realizing that it creates a bland, dull and standard look. Not to mention, you will be stuck with this until you decide to move or build a new house altogether. There is no warmth or character in the room this way, which is what you should steer clear of. A home should be welcoming and inviting, and lighting is a great way to achieve this.

Not Investing In Dimmer Switches

It is astounding quite frankly, mainly because these guys have been around for quite a long time, but not put into much use. Some people who have realized how beneficial they can be have made the switch, so why not consider it for yourself too? Just as the name implies, dimmer switches help you control the strength of the light accordingly. Want a more romantic setting? No problem. Got to work on an important assignment? Go ahead. With dimmer switches, you are the one who is in control. They even come for modern ceiling fans with lights, offering more variety and flexibility as a result.

Ignoring Shadows

Shadows are created based on how light falls, so if you place your lights in the wrong spots, you will create a lot of dimness and unnecessary shadows everywhere. And once installed, it can be hard to change things since it is not that simple. What you should do first, is place the lighting in your mind’s eye, and then work with a professional to see how that lighting would work. Once you figure out how these shadows fall, you can avoid those spots and look for alternatives. For example, instead of placing an overhead light in your bathroom on top of the mirror, you can go for lights on the sides of the mirror.

Not Considering Your Furniture

Another thing people tend to commonly overlook is the furniture. For example, if you have a long and linear dining table, you should then have an equally long and linear set of lights preferably right above it. Chandeliers and multiple pendant lights are ideal for this sort of thing. Most people do not assume that furniture and lighting are directly related, which is where they go wrong. So while assessing the needs of your room, why not also take this into account?

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