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Changing the Atmosphere by Changing the Lights

How many voyeurs does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but they'd much rather watch someone else do it. How many football players does it take to change a light bulb? The entire team! And they all get a semester's credit for it!

You've heard all the jokes--but the good news is, you don't need a voyeur or a football player to change the lights in your house. By doing it yourself, you can turn a room that was once quite plain into something amazing. If you're planning to change the lighting in your home or just a room, here are some things to consider.

Remember the Lamps.
Many times when we think about the lighting in a house, we think those fixtures that are attached to the ceiling, and in a few cases, to the wall. Lamps, however, add a touch of class to any room, if done right. For instance, you could add an accent lamp to almost any room in the house, and it will improve the room's appearance. These special lamps give off a soft glow, and for that reason, they're especially nice in the bedroom or perhaps by the couch in the living room. This way, you can use the lamp for reading or studying. Table lamps also create a nice atmosphere in the room, and are especially effective on end tables. The range on the typical table lamp is about 30 inches. And finally, a floor lamp is great to use in a dark corner of any room.

Remember Ceiling Fixtures Too.
Having established that lamps add something to a room that a ceiling fixture cannot, let us point out that the ceiling fixtures are still important. And there is a nearly unlimited variety in the options available for ceiling fixtures. For example, pendant lighting is excellent if you just need some additional light for a particular area. On the other hand, a chandelier is a great, classy way to add overall illumination to the room. Smaller fixtures can be utilized effectively in the kitchen, dining room, hallways, bathroom, and bedrooms.

Remember to Sprinkle in Some Decorative Lighting
Although you don't want to go overboard on this, placing decorative lighting a few places, such as beneath a nice painting or under the kitchen cabinets adds some subtle flair to any room. Although there are several types of decorative lighting available, most people opt for halogen lights, as they are inexpensive yet effective.

Remember That Wall-Mounted Lighting is Perfect for Small Spots
Lamps or chandeliers obviously won't work in the bathroom or in many hallways. They also work well on stairways, where they help you to avoid accidents. For places such as these, consider an old-fashioned wall-mounted light fixture. These feature lights that will help to light the way.

Remember: Don't Overlook the Lampshades
It seems absurd to spend your time planning your lighting, investing money in all of your fixtures and lamps, and then forgetting the lampshades. To do so is like creating the ultimate cake, but forgetting the icing. A nice quality shade can truly set out the light in a magnificent way. So make sure you get the right one: the shade that matches the atmosphere of the light, the color of the room, and which is the right measurement for the lamp or bulb it covers. The shade's bottom should always cover the lowest part of the socket.

Most of all, remember to have fun with this. Decorating with lights should never be a chore, but should be an exciting part of creating your dream home.

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