Indoor fixtures

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Updated: 4/13/2007 7:47 am
As most designers will tell you, light fixtures can make or break a room. But you needn't be a designer, to get the most from your indoor lighting. Here are a few tips. To be well-lit, most rooms will need several types of lighting. Ambient light gives an overall glow; this usually comes from overhead fixtures. Task lighting is vital for areas where you work or read: try spotlights, or lamps with adjustable arms. Make sure the lights you choose are bright enough, and are positioned to avoid glare. Beyond their practical function, light fixtures also add interest and beauty. With accent lighting, you can emphasize the room's best features, while other areas remain shadowed. And decorative lighting is just what the name implies: its only purpose is to look good. Neon fixtures and low-wattage chandeliers are one example. Finally, consider using dimmer switches on key lights: this allows you to adjust the lighting and mood to fit different situations. For more information about indoor fixtures, consult a lighting designer, or professional electrician.

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