Remember the old center-of-the-ceiling light fixture? You entered a room, hit the wall switch, and a couple of light bulbs behind a semi-transparent plate shed general, flat light over the whole room. All features of the room, good and bad, got the same emphasis. There was enough light to avoid tripping over the dog, but not enough to read by.
Things have changed. Lighting is now a sophisticated design element of the modern home, whether that home is traditional or contemporary in style. Every aspect of lighting — placement, function, control, style, energy-efficiency — has evolved to offer exactly what is needed in each room. Because high tech lighting design can transform both the interior and exterior appearance of a home, it is commonly included in remodeling projects.
The thoughtful placement of lighting fixtures with specific — rather than general — function can make a dramatic change in a room. For example, a big overhead fluorescent panel in the kitchen could be replaced by task-specific fixtures such as recessed spot lights over the sink and other work stations, strip lights under wall cabinets, or dropped fixtures over work islands or eating areas. Other examples of task lighting include automatic bulbs in cabinets and pantries, up- and down-lights that showcase landscaping or artwork, and fixtures positioned to throw light on stair treads.
Besides increasing the technical sophistication of their products, lighting manufacturers have had to keep up with current styles and fashions. Pendants, wall sconces, chandeliers, and domed fixtures are available in an almost endless array of styles and finishes. In addition, lighting suppliers have developed a greater range of compatible fixtures to achieve a coordinated look for all lighting products in the house.
Greater energy efficiency is a primary benefit of upgraded lighting design. One of the easiest and fastest ways to save energy is to replace standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents. These bulbs last longer, deliver more lumens (the amount of light), emit far less heat, and consume 67% less electricity. Energy-efficient light fixtures and bulbs are prominent among the list of products to qualify under the federal Energy Star program, helping homeowners earn tax breaks for investing in energy smart technology.
Upgrades in lighting design, function, and efficiency are an easy, smart, and affordable component of a home remodeling project, enhancing the comfort and value of the home.
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