7 Lighting Mistakes You're Making
1. Relying on Only One Light Source
The key to good lighting is layering it at different heights. Don't rely on only one kind of light source. Mix a variety of hanging lights, floor lamps or table lamps.
2. Using Overhead Lighting which is Too Bright
There's nothing worse than a bright light that makes you feel like you're on stage. Use dimmers and soft white bulbs in every room. Lighting shouldn't wash down on you: It's harsh and unflattering.
3. Not Thinking About Wattage!
Mood is everything. How many like to dine in bright light? You should use 60 watts for the dining room!.It should be bright when reading, so 75 to 100 watts for the living room. If you don't use dimmers, then have some varieties of bulbs ranging from 40 to 100 watts.
4. Going Overboard with Recessed Lighting
Use recessed lighting sparingly. Too many fixtures turn your ceiling into Swiss cheese. And be mindful of where you place that kind of lighting. Limit recessed lights to functional areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms — recessed light is too bright and flat for your living areas.
5. Forgot about dimmers?
Lighting is everything. It has deep impact on your mood and creates atmosphere in your room. The easiest way to accomplish this is with a dimmer switch.
6. Light Switches Placed in the Wrong Place
Locate light switches about 36" above the floor. That way they stay out of the way of the art on our walls. Put switches about 1½" to 2" off the side of the door casing for the same reason.
7. Neglecting Your Closet
Your closet needs attention, too. You're regularly working with matching colors and textures while getting dressed each morning, so having good lighting helps you look good and hence is a must.