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Architectural Lighting Pics

The growing desire for new home construction and home renovations have influenced fixture manufacturers to design more exciting and provocative architectural lighting fixtures. Larger homes require more architectural lighting – or luminaries that are permanently installed and planned for in the lighting or wiring plan of a home. Lighting trends can change slowly – the fixture bought today will last in style and durability for 5 to 10 years or longer. However, manufacturers continuously respond to consumer s’ desire for color and novel materials. Recent trends point to the demand for oversized foyer pieces for dramatic, grand entryways, mini-chandeliers for powder rooms, bedrooms, hallways, and other small spaces, and colourful pendants for kitchen applications. I will give my two cents on how to choosing chandeliers, pendants, and ceiling flush mounts and semi-flush mounts for different parts of the house.

The best piece of advice in choosing a dining room table chandelier is to choose a chandelier that has a diameter equivalent to half the width of the table. So let’s say that your table has a width of 60 inches, you would need a chandelier that has a 30-inch diameter. If you have a table that is longer than usual it might be a challenge for you to find the right chandelier. One solution is to get a fixture that has an oval shape (as opposed to being round) – this way more of the dining space will be lit up. You can put chandeliers in other places than just the dining room. Depending on a room’s size and design, it can be an appropriate place to hang a chandelier. Mini chandeliers are perfect for bathrooms or bedrooms, depending on your taste. Foyers are also a very common place to put chandeliers. The larger the foyer, the larger the chandelier will need to be. Remember that installation may be a challenge.

Ceiling mounts are an obvious way to provide general lighting. They can be installed as flush mounts (attached to the ceiling directly) or semi-flush (hang slightly lower from the ceiling than flush mounts). The difference in lighting effect from using a semi-flush entraps the light more and will make it reflect onto the ceiling. If well placed, flush mounts can become the central fixture in a room.

When choosing a pendant, the most important point to consider is that the fixture light up the room according to the diameter of its shade. If all you want is to light up a small table or corner of a room, then all you need is a single pendant downlight.

By Tom Reel

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