Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone - WEICHERT, REALTORSŪ - Briarwood Real Estate

Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 10/5/2017

Lighting is one of those home musts that can change the way that you feel. Ask anyone who struggles with seasonal affective disorder and you'll learn the powerful impact that light has on you. Yet, indoor lighting is often overlooked when it's time to shop for furniture and home decor. That could be because lighting isn't large like a sofa, king size bed, coffee table or kitchen island.

Lights play a bigger role in your life than you think

For what maybe the first time, pay attention to the lighting in your home. Think about which is best for you and your family, floor or table lamps. Consider LED,natural spectrum, full spectrum and linear light bulbs. Spectrum lights offer benefits similar to natural, outdoor light. They have been used to help treat seasonal affective disorder. Although the bulbs are gentle on the human system,they provide an ongoing mood boost. Stronger spectrum lights are generally only used for about one hour a day.

In addition to light bulbs, another feature to consider is whether you want a floor or a table lamp. Here are benefits and styles to weigh when considering floor and table lamp options.

Tall floor lamps reach up five feet and more. Spines on tall floor lamps are narrow, at times going straight up. Other tall floor lamps have a curving spine. Colors that floor lamps come in range from black to brown to silver and gold. Make sure that the base of floor lamps are sturdy and heavy enough to prevent them from easily toppling over should someone bump into the lamps.

Floor lamps built into a table offer storage space. These lamps are generally the same height as traditional end tables that you place a lamp upon. There are floor,table lamp combos that have a magazine rack at the bottom of the table. If you want to save space, this lamp might be a perfect choice.

Let table lamps light up your home

Table lamps come in a variety of shapes. There are round bodied and square table lamps.Clear, solid and opaque table lamps are other available choices. Some table lamps are designed with delicate detail. The height of table lamps start as short as one foot and top out at more than three feet. Choose table lamps that aren't too weighty for your end tables, especially glass end tables.

Color options for table lamps tend to be much larger than they are with floor lamps. Despite bright and soft color options that the body of table lamps come in, it's the shade that you and your guests won't miss. There are straight sided, linen,bell shaped, drum and round lamp shades. There are so many options, to make the best choice, you need to take your time shopping for indoor lighting.

Few furniture pieces impact the look and feel of your home the way that lighting does. Before choosing between floor or table lamps, think about how much room you have in your home. If your favorite furniture store doesn't have the lamp styles that you love, check flea markets, consignment stores and interior design shops.

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