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10 Lighting Tips

The way you light your house can make a big difference.
The way you light your house can make a big difference.
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Never place any light source directly in front of a television.

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Always use three-way light bulbs in floor and table lamps, and use dimmer switches with all major light sources.

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Only purchase table and floor lamps you can return. Review them in the environment you want to use them.

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Be careful not to over-light a space. A more relaxed atmosphere complements the drama of a living room.

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Every dining room does not need a chandelier. You can illuminate a dining room with just low-voltage accent lights.

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Simple, timeless designs in chandeliers, pendants and lamps have a longer life than trendy designs and colors.

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Spend only what you can afford. Some less-expensive lamps can look great when mixed with more expensive fixtures or an antique lamp from a family member.

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Don't succumb to impulse shopping. If you're unsure about a fixture, don't buy it. Wait until you've found exactly the right one.

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An under-lit space can be as uninviting as an over-lit space. All spaces vary in function and so should the lighting.

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Remember that people in spaces need to be illuminated as well. They need to feel comfortable and look great.

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