Tips for lighting your living room

Posted on May 3, 2013 Category: Energy-Efficiency Articles

When you're choosing the lighting for your living room, it's important to remember that there are several things to consider before you begin a lighting installation or upgrade. For instance, if there are any decorative element you want to emphasize like artwork or wall textures, different lighting will be used than if you were just going to be hanging out and watching television. Lighting fixtures can also enhance the interior design of your living room so you want to make sure the lighting in different areas of the room work well together and complement each other.

Whichever lighting fixtures you choose, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and other types of eco-friendly lighting can both accent items in your living room and save energy.

Under cabinet lighting
Using lighting underneath your cabinets can accent objects set up in a showcase. They're also visually appealing so they can add a focal point to the room if there's something like a portrait or fireplace you wish to illuminate. 

Portable lamps
If you're looking to add ambience, task or accent lighting, then a portable lamp will give you the option of moving the light to wherever you want in the room. Table lamps and floor lamps are great portable lights to add to your living room's interior design. 

Accent lighting 
You can add drama to a room and create visual interest with accent lighting to focus on house plants, paintings, sculpture and other items you want to bring interest to. You should also keep in mind that accent lighting requires at least three times as much light on a focal point as general lighting does. LED track lighting, recessed or wall-mounted lighting are available options if you're interested in creating accent lighting.

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