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Lighting a Room the Right Way

April 16, 2015
From sconces to table lamps, lighting designer Eddie Cohen offers tips on how to properly light a room.
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Photo: Geoffrey Hodgdon. From: Andreas Charalambous.

Lighting Placement

When you design lighting for a room you have to consider what activities you're going to engage in in that space. The types of activities will influence your choice of fixtures and placement. Most rooms serve more than one function. Lighting must be considered when highlighting certain room elements. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

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Photo: Geoffrey Hodgdon. From: Andreas Charalambous.

Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is a good choice for a living room. Consider placing above a sofa, coffee table or chairs.

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Wall Sconces

Sconce lighting is a beautiful decorative option that can add color and style to a room. Sconces come in a variety of materials such as glass, metal and ceramic. They will spill indirect light on sections of the wall and form interesting backdrops or accents to the room. Design by Grace Sorensen.

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Lamp Light

Table lamps and floor lamps are a key source of light for a room. This is an easy option for everyone, but there are many things to consider before purchasing. For example, you don't want light shining directly in your eyes while you are sitting next to the lamp. There are also various qualities of light through different types of shades. Shades can change the brightness and the color of the light that fills your room.

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