Let There Be Light—But Let’s Make Sure It’s Good Light

If you consider the myriad options for table lamps, overhead lighting and wall sconces available, you’ll quickly realize not all lighting is created equal. To create the most inviting surroundings, it’s important to choose flattering lights.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to create the best lighting for each of your rooms. Try these expert tips.

Say goodbye to fluorescent bulbs

Fluorescent bulbs used to be the go-to source for lighting, but there are much better options available today. Fluorescents create a greenish, clouded haze that looks very unnatural. They are not flattering lights.

Instead, switch to LED bulbs. When you use LEDs in table lamps or other fixtures, they cast a clean, flattering light. Plus, you’ll save money because these bulbs are more energy efficient and long-lasting.

Say hello to CRIs of 90 to 100

Color Rendering Index (CRI) measures how natural and true colors look under the light source. A CRI of 100 would mean there is no discoloration at all. Bulbs and fixtures that are rated between 80 and 90 are considered good. Ratings of 90 or higher are considered excellent. If you want the most flattering lights, look for light sources with a CRI of 90 to 100.

Go for 2700 to 3500 Kelvins

Kelvins measure the color temperature of the light. It indicates whether the light is cool, neutral, yellowish or white. The lower the number, the warmer the light source will be.

The most flattering lights are around 2700 Kelvins. This will provide a soft yellow light. If you want something a bit more neutral, you can go up to 3500 Kelvins to get a brighter light for work areas. If you go any higher than this, you will get a blueish, less flattering light.

Light the walls

When light bounces off walls, it provides an indirect, flattering glow. Place lighting sources behind furniture or plants, or install recessed light fixtures to achieve this wall-bounce. If you’re using table lamps, place these fixtures 2 to 3 feet from the wall.

Choose horizontal over vertical

Horizontal lighting illuminates the sides of the face, which makes these sources the most flattering lights. Examples of natural horizontal light include a candle, fire and a sunset. Look for table lamps and other fixtures that model this horizontal lighting to create the most flattering surroundings. Lamps, wall sconces and wall-washers (recessed lights with a wide beam spread) are some of the most common horizontal light sources.

Use the rule of thirds

Consider your room in three sections: the top, middle and bottom. Place lighting in each of these sections to create a variety of indirect, flattering lights. For the bottom third, use strip lighting on cabinets or table lamps that cast light downward. To light the middle, install wall sconces, or use taller floor lamps. For the top third, use high chandeliers, flush-mount fixtures or recessed ceiling lights.

We know light

For more expert tips on flattering lights, contact the professionals at Box Electric Company. Since 1995, we’ve offered a variety of electrical services to help professionals like you create the perfect lighting designs for their surroundings. Call us today at 919-871-0220.