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How to buy an Accent
Discover the secret your designer may not
want you to know about: artwork looks 100% better with a little accent
light focused on it. With the correct kind of lamp, what used to be an
overlooked piece in your living area is transformed to become the
central point. The subtle light that such lamps emit is perfect in
highlighting key objects or focal areas in the room.
Besides just providing a beam of focal light,
accent lamps can also look pretty as decorative pieces. Most of them
come with decorative details so they already serve as a piece of decor
to add beauty to your space. You just have to pick the right one for you
specific need and purpose and you should be good to go.
3 Main Considerations in Shopping for Accent
Aside from emphasizing a certain object or
area in your space, accent lamps can also set the mood of the room. This
will depend on the design as well as the kind of light that it emits.
Here are three tips to help you narrow down your choices when shopping
for accent lamps.
Just like all the other lamps, accent lamps
come in a wide array of colors and styles. In considering this aspect,
you need to come up with a strong statement of your individual style.
You can mix and match the style to create something that is uniquely
your own, whatever your preferences are.
You might think that any wattage will do
since you will only be using it more of a decoration rather than a
functional piece. However, you also need to ensure that the lamp emits
adequate amounts of light, particularly if you are planning to highlight
a particular object.
This aspect is especially important if you
will use the lamp as a piece of décor. Choosing something that is too
small might overpower all the other elements in the room. On the other
hand, purchasing something that is too small might defeat the purpose of
having an accent lamp in the first place.
3 Most Common Accent Lighting Fixtures
There might be so many kinds of accent
lighting in the market today but three of them have stood out from
among the growing pack.
Accent Track Lighting.
This is considered to be the most flexible among all the other
kinds. These lights can be positioned practically anywhere and them
manipulated so that it is aimed in the desired direction. This can
used along with other light sources such as lamps and sconces.
Accent Recessed Lighting.
Such lighting fixture blends into its surroundings. They are mostly
installed in areas where they are somehow hidden such as under
cabinets, within bookshelves, or in ceilings.
Wall-mounted Accent Lighting.
These lights are
directly attached to a wall or other similar surface. They can also
be positioned above or below the frame of a hanging.
Outdoor Accent Lighting
Accent lighting is not only something
that can be used inside the confines of your home. There are outdoor
light fixtures that can be used outdoors and help accent plants and
statues or even just set the mood of the environment. Here are some
Halogen Accent Lights.
These emit a strong and while light, making it a good fixture to
highlight or spotlight objects.
• Accent Fiber Optics.
They are the ones that are perfect for illuminating paths and stairs
as well as water features like pools and ponds.
Accent Metal Halides.
These let out a soft glow
of light which makes them sufficient to light small areas in a
Accent LED Lights.
These are energy-sufficient and longer-lasting, two of the top
reasons they have grown to be favored above all the others. They are
also flexible in various lighting situations and fixtures.
Lighting Trends for 2012
Trends come and go. Accent lights are no
exception. This year, the in vogue lighting fixtures are those that
meet today’s consumer demands of functionality and aesthetics.
• Simplicity Accent Lighting.
With the current economy, homeowners are choosing quality above
quantity. As a result, lighting designs take on a much simplified
style with gentle curving frames, handcrafted accents, and etched
Metal Finishes Accent Lighting.
The calm and cool look of metals is very popular in today’s interior
designs. The most popular are nickel and bronze.
Transitional Accent Lighting.
This year’s lights are both pleasing and flexible. One of the
innovations geared for this trend is the wall or ceiling mount
Energy-Efficient Accent Lighting.
Lighting makes up 11 percent of an average American family’s energy
consumption, giving way to energy-efficient fixtures.
• Layered Accent Lighting.
The use of layers gives the space a warm and inviting feel. Dimmers
are becoming more and more popular as homeowners enjoy the benefits
of being able to control light levels.
Accent lighting is
more than just a piece of décor; it brings about so many benefits.
It can highlight your favorite piece without the need to spend too
much for all other fancy lighting; it can allow you to showcase your
individuality by choosing looks and designs that reflect you and
your style; and finally, sets the mood of any room in the way that
you exactly want to.
Steve Brielmaier – Lighting and Lamp Design
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