Q. What if my dining light outlet is not centered above my table?
A. You can either buy a fixture hung on chain and swag it or have a qualified electrician come in and move the box. You can also change it to track lighting, which has a moveable power source.
Q. I hate Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs, but hear that we won’t be able to buy incandescent pretty soon, what do you suggest?
A. They are updating the CFLs all the time to make them better bulbs, you can buy ones that look like regular bulbs, so you don’t have to see the curly glass. Also, the better the brand the better the bulb. Check your wattage and Kelvins (K), both of those can make a huge difference in bulbs.
Q. I have 8’ ceilings in my kitchen with a light in the centre of the room, but it doesn’t throw enough light, I think it has one 60 Watt (W) bulb, how can I get more light?
A. You can either put a semi-flush there that doesn’t hang more than 12”, we have some that have 3 x 100W bulbs, you will get more than triple the light output or you can change it to a 3 or 4 light track that has 60W bulbs in it.
Q. What is a lumen?
A. A lumen is a unit that measures the total amount of visible light emitted. This is how much light a bulb gives off. Do not go by the Watts, that is how much electricity is being used.
Q. What are advantages of using LEDs?
A. LEDs operate on significantly less energy than incandescent lights, which are wildly inefficient. They also last longer (average 10 years of normal use) and are more durable because they are solid state, shock-proof, and can be housed safely in plastic instead of glass. LEDs will save you money by consuming less power, requiring fewer replacements, and generating much less heat, which in turn combine to result in lower cooling costs.
Q. How can I light my room properly?
A. There are three layers of lighting: Ambient or General Lighting, Task Lighting, and Accent or Decorative lighting. You should incorporate each type in every room.
Q. How do I get proper light in my bathroom?
A. To avoid shadows and to fully surround your face with flattering light, install a fixture at least 24” wide over the mirror, plus two wall sconces or pendants on each side of the mirror at least 28” apart and 60” from the floor.