Buying lighting online can be a tricky business but it’s actually no tricker than buying an a physical store. I think the actual act of buying lighting is the tricky bit! There are so many different variables when it comes to lighting – the size, shape, colour, fixtures, wattage… the list goes on! But… lighting can have a dramatic effect on your home and so the best way to approach this task is to do your research and find out exactly what you need before you start shopping.
Different types of lighting
Lighting can be categorised by its uses; general lighting refers to overhead lighting that lights up an entire room, accent lighting draws attention to a certain area such as a lovely painting, many people use pendant lights such as these for this purpose and task lighting lights up a workspace so a specific task can be performed, floor lamps such as these make a great choice for task lighting.
So, first figure out what type of lighting you are going to be buying. This will narrow down your field and you can actually find stores that only sell that particular style of lighting.
Measuring your space is the single most important thing you can do before you start shopping online for your lighting. You need to get out the tape measure and write down exactly what size range your lighting needs to be in. If you are buying pendant lighting then you need to determine how low they will hang before you start shopping. You don;t want o buy some that are so low they wi;; hit your husband in the head every time he walks by!
When deciding on the style of lighting to get you need to think about the existing style in the room and ensure that it is in line with this. That’s one of the reasons online shopping is such a good idea, you can sit in the room your lighting is intended for while you a browsing online. So, if you have a traditional styled room and you want to stick with this style and go for something that compliments it. An example of this can be taken from floor lamps. The modern styled arc lamps will not work with traditional styling, they are better suited to a minimalist style. Instead, a floor lamps with an actual lampshade is a much better choice and will really enhance the look and feel of the room.
If you have a modern or contemporary style room you want to stick with simple and streamlined designs. The aforementioned arc lamp is a wonderful example but you could also explore contemporary pendant lighting. Industrial pendant lighting with streamlined light fixtures will work excellently in a minimalist styled room.
Lastly, make sure you do your research on the store you will be buying from. It’s important that you only buy from a trusted retailer and there are a few things you can check to make sure you know your purchase will be safe. For more advice on this, check out this post.