Lighting fixtures shouldn’t be an afterthought. A well-designed lighting scheme helps to improve the overall look and feel of your home. Modern fixtures can give it chic polish, while traditional fixtures can imbue it with a cozy vibe. Here are 10 things homeowners should consider when choosing new lighting for their home.

Over-the-Table Lights

The perfect chandelier can add instant style points to a dining room. When choosing lights to position over tables, however, homeowners need to account for distance. For small lights, there should be a distance of no more than 34 inches between the table and the fixture. For larger lights, homeowners should stick to a distance of 28 inches.

Know Your Ceiling Measurements

Before purchasing large-scale fixtures, homeowners need to make sure that they’ll fit in the space. The standard room has an 8-foot ceiling. In this type of space, fixtures should hang no more than 12 to 20 inches below the ceiling.

Planning Makes Perfect

Don’t wait until the end of construction to choose lighting fixtures. Scottsdale homeowners should decide on their fixture preferences before embarking on a new renovation, as contractors will need to account for certain fixture specifications. When working with Alair Homes Scottsdale, homeowners can always depend on them to respect the chosen design scheme.

Aim for Ambience

Uplighting is a great way to create a calm and relaxing ambience. Instead of sticking to downlights throughout the home, try soft uplighting and chic wall sconces.

New Options for Industrial Chic

Pendant lights offer a unique aesthetic, but their electrical needs can be difficult to accommodate. Thankfully, cord swags allow homeowners to achieve the same aesthetic with minimal hassle.

Choose the Right Bulbs

Choosing the right fixtures isn’t enough. Homeowners also have to choose the appropriate bulbs for their space. There is a wide range of bulb options, from LED to halogen, and they’re available in both warm and cool tones. Homeowners can brighten up their space by choosing bulbs that cast a warm or cool glow.

Nighttime Lights

Strip lights are an increasing popular way to light a home at night. Many Scottsdale homeowners install them in the kitchen at the base of cabinets, and these lights cast a chic glow that brightens up the whole room.

Don’t Forget the Stairs

Instead of fumbling around the dark stairs at night, homeowners can add small, embedded lights to the risers. These illuminate the space and often become a compelling design element.

Get Creative

In some circumstances, fixtures can double as wall art. Contemporary wall fixtures can be used as ambient lights, setting a unique tone in a dining room or living space. There’s no better way to set the mood.


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Embrace the Power of Color

Many fixtures are made in standard shades like bronze, silver, and antique white. Homeowners looking to add a burst of color to a room may want to consider colorful fixtures. These bright fixtures are especially welcome in simple, stark rooms filled with neutral tones.


Contact Alair Homes Scottsdale to update the lighting in your house today!