At Accent Lighting in Wichita, we’ve done our best to answer some of your biggest lighting questions, such as how can you improve your home’s lighting, or do chandeliers and pendants work in every room? We know that these questions are just two out of a realm of possibilities, and you likely have many more that you’d like to have answered.
When it comes to shopping in lighting stores for new fixtures, it’s good to have questions ready to go. Our staff will do whatever they can to provide the answers you seek and help you choose the right lights. In this post, we’ll look at some other big lighting questions that will hopefully help you!
How Many Lights Does a Room Need?
This question can obviously have many answers, since each room will need a different number of fixtures. The answer to this question lies more with the type of lighting that’s required to make a room feel complete. You’ll want ambient, accent, and task lighting in each room, and if you don’t have the right balance, the space could feel a bit “off.”
For example, let’s look at your living room. You could have one ambient light in the room, such as a chandelier. This fixture provides general illumination for the majority of the space. For accent lighting, you can add four wall sconces, with two fixtures each on two walls of your choosing. Task lighting will consist of two table lamps, one on either end of the couch. In total, you have seven light fixtures, each of them fulfilling their role within their appropriate lighting category.
Can There Be Too Much Lighting in a Room?
This question sort of piggybacks off of the first one. If you don’t have the right balance of ambient, accent, or task lighting in a room, or there are too few fixtures for proper lighting, then the space can feel incomplete. On the other side of that same coin, a room can have too much lighting. If you overdo it on the lamps or the recessed fixtures, then a room could end up feeling too bright or too sterile. While bright light is good in places such as your kitchen or bathroom, it’s not usually good for your living room or bedroom.
On top of having too much light, you can have the wrong light bulbs in your fixtures, making the room seem brighter than it should be. Color temperature and color rendering play important roles in how a space looks and feels, and having the right bulbs can make a huge difference when it comes to creating a room’s ambience.
Can Light Fixtures Go Bad?
While new CFL and LED light bulbs are designed to last for a very long time, the fixtures they’re in may not last quite as long. If you have older lights in your home, then you may be wondering if they can go “bad,” or stop working after a certain period of time. If a light flickers when you turn it on, then there could be a bad connection between the switch and the fixture. If the light won’t turn on at all, then there could be an issue with the socket connection.
Recessed lights can have problems if they overheat, which is often caused by having insulation packed too tightly around the fixture. Recessed lights produce a lot of heat, and there is a limit switch that will cause the light to turn off, should it get too hot. Checking these issues could resolve problems with your recessed lighting.
As for fixtures going “bad,” it’s important to consider the wiring in your home. If the wires are old and need to be upgraded, then it could serve you well to hire an electrician to bring things up to code. If any wires in the light fixture are frayed or worn, you can have them replaced so you can keep the light you’ve used and loved for several years. You can also use this as an opportunity to upgrade your lighting and install fixtures that can use LED or CFL bulbs.
At Accent Lighting, we want to make sure that you have the best experience when it comes to your lighting. If you’ve had these questions before, or any others that relate to your home’s lighting, then come to our store today to find the answers.