If you’re not sure how to use the different lighting options available today, you’ll want to be sure you have the wattage you need and still have the option to use various styles of lights that will accent your décor.
Different rooms in your home need different kinds of lighting to work most effectively. A mix of sources at various levels will help to light entire rooms without running up the electric bill. This creates a flattering ambience, says Real Simple, and still allows for the right amount of lighting needed for each space.
In the living room, you can use light for reading and general purposes, and perhaps focus one on a plant or a piece of artwork.Floor lamps and table lamps can both be used, with the best effects seen when you use some that shine up and some that shine down. You can also use dimmers on any overhead fixtures, if you prefer more subtle types of lighting.
In your dining room, the table should be the focal point. A pendant or chandelier above the table does this very well. Indirect lighting can be used in other areas of the room, so that the entire area has a subtle glow. Small lamps on sideboards can cast pleasant light that is not too harsh.
If you need light in different places at different times, you might want to use a cordless LED floor lamp. These can be moved to any room in which they are needed. These lights brighten the room without the use of plugs or outlets, since they run on batteries.
Overhead lighting works well in kitchens, and if you only need low light except when you’re cooking, you can use a dimmer switch. Lower sources of light can work well in illuminating your kitchen work surfaces. Under cabinet lights are especially handy in the kitchen.