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Lighting Your Home

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Lighting can make a big difference in the interior environment of your home. Good lighting used properly helps you to see better and perform tasks more easily. It also provides safety, security and a sense of comfort. Lighting and lighting controls also provide you with the flexibility to adjust and adapt the mood and ambiance of your home.

Lighting fixtures are ideal, and often inexpensive, accessories to supplement the interior design of your home. With an unlimited range of styles, shapes, colors and sizes, lighting fixtures can add sparkle and a final, finishing touch to your d├ęcor. Properly used lighting should complement your lifestyle and meet your family's needs.

When planning your home's lighting, keep these tips in mind:

-Identify the activities that occur in each room (reading, food preparation, hobby work, grooming, laundry, homework, etc.).

-Identify the mood or ambiance that you want to create in each space.

-Identify any decorative elements you wish to emphasize, such as artwork or wall textures.

-Identify areas with dark wall colors and finishes. These areas absorb more light than those with lighter finishes, so supplemental lighting may be required.

If you need assistance with your lighting design plan, a Certified Lighting Consultant or Lighting Specialist at your local ALA showroom will be happy to help.

Find more advice for lighting areas of your home:

Living/Family Room


Dining Room



Home Office

Home Theater

Other Home Areas

Selecting a Ceiling Fan

Outdoor Lighting