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Artificial Lighting: How to Know What Works Where

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

It took me years to fully grasp and comprehend the meaning behind this short phrase. In my family, however, we fix, we fix, we fix until we break it. From vacuum cleaners, to lawn mowers, to relationships, to blenders, to appetites, we have attempted to cure non-existent diseases and issues. Maybe it’s because we are good people and have a passion for helping our peers by seeing the potential in each individual or maybe its because we are opinionated and -we feel- have the right to overpower someone else’s decision. Thank goodness we grew out of teen hood!

But we all have one thing that does need immediate fixing. And that is our light fixture.

artificial lighting - fixtures

Outdated, dingy, missing light bulbs, and rotating wildly when we flip the fan on it’s a target area for our décor doctoring skills. Updating an integral part of the home like this takes careful planning.

Ceiling height, room mass, house and décor style are a few of the circumstances to take into consideration when taking the plunge for new lighting. Not to mention the rows of lighting you will encounter when you go to make a decision.

The primary reason for lighting is due to our limited natural light resources. To brighten our homes up and keep up us from a perpetual squint the light bulbs are the secret ingredient. Natural or LED lights offer the best lighting especially for your workspace, kitchen, or art room.

Low Ceilings


Recessed lighting may come in different shapes, carry diverse price tags, shine in all directions but other than that there is not much variety in styles or how to architecturally make them stand out, but they are a great option for space conservation and superb lighting.

To have some depth and dimension to your light fixture you can choose something like a bowl chandelier that curves toward the ceiling rather than spreads it’s opulent goodness away from the ceiling diminishing space between your floor and ceiling.


Cove lighting, another great choice, brings the runway to your ceiling in a basal approach. It adds sparkle and what we are aiming for, light.

Big Spaces

The larger your room, the more area you have need of to shed light upon. The best way to seamlessly incorporate proper fixtures is repetitiveness.

To do this without overpowering our senses you want to keep it simple. Globe or dome light fixtures won’t overpower your ceiling with bling, abstract shapes, glitter or excessive presence.



When entering a spacious foyer a line of dome light fixtures will seem refreshing in its basic advance towards lighting. You can insert odd or even numbers, install them indoors or out and also easily replace bulbs and clean the glass globes.

Bed and Bath Rooms

Let’s face it. Practicality should never be dismissed in pursuit of keeping up with the Jones’ or emulating a five star hotel. Lighting in the bathroom needs an exhaust system combined. Functionality shouldn’t be overrated. If you can’t splurge on a crystal chandelier in your most intimate spaces, wall scones and table lamps will fill in the blank spots and illuminate the shadows from their smaller spectrums. These are timeless pieces that have an entire row of shelving of their own. Modern, vintage, classic, hip, sleek, metallic, here you find an empire that can both be affordable and attractive.







Now you can read your book, type your document, string a line of jewels all under your new lighting. And even though it may not be broken the light fixtures of our home provide us with exceptional privileges to see in the darkest hours. Why not fixate more attention on our fixtures by rewarding them with more than an annual dusting?

Momina Khan
From a very early age Momina Khan discovered her passion and talent for rearranging furniture and indulging herself with interior design. Over the years this passion has only intensified as well as her education and calling in creative writing. As a writer Momina finds Decoist a perfect environment to creating art with words on the art of DIY d[...]

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