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Keeping It Light

So many people make the mistake of assuming that two 60-watt bulbs will suffice in lighting a room. True, it’s enough to allow passage through the room without, perhaps, stubbing your toe. There are other important factors to consider, however. During the winter months, especially when those of us living in the colder climates are sunlight-deprived anyway, it is outright depressing to live in under-lit homes. This is not to imply that your home needs to be lit like a stadium at all times. We are energy-conscious and do not recommend waste. The point is to focus on the room or rooms in which you spend the most time, as you are occupying them. Light from many sources, coming from various angles, adds visual and emotional warmth to your environment, affecting your morale, and in fact, making you and your family happier, more productive. Aim for seven sources of light in an average-size room. These sources can be:

  • Recessed lights (on dimmers)
  • Wall Sconces
  • Table Lamps
  • Floor Lamps
  • Task-Lamps
  • Hidden Up-Lights (behind a plant, a divider, or the like)
  • Chandeliers (where appropriate)
  • Decorative Glow-Lights (softly glowing orbs or other shapes)
  • Natural Candlelight (hurricane globes or lanterns are advised)
  • Fire in a Fireplace

The number “seven” is an arbitrary figure intended to emphasize the importance of using several sources of light to bring an environment to life. High-wattage is unnecessary. Multiple sources of low-light create the warmest atmosphere.

Give it a try and note the difference in your outlook!

-Karen Saloomey

 

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