Color temperatures represent often overlooked, and yet vitally important, considerations in selecting lighting to establish a perfect ambiance. Common gradients of light bulb color include soft white that lends a warm glow to a space. At the other end of the spectrum, a bulb that projects a natural daylight tends to render a cooler feel to a room.
Part of proper lighting selection is fixture placement. For example, recessed lighting warms a room, while standard placement of a fixture on a ceiling renders a space brighter. The placement of a lighting fixture directly on the ceiling works well in a kitchen, where brighter light aids in the preparation of meals. Conversely, recessed lighting in a dining or living room renders the space cozy and comfortable.
Traditional or standard incandescent bulbs tend to cast a yellow hue, which negatively impacts the ambiance in some cases. Avoid the yellow cast or rays of standard incandescent bulbs by substituting halogen lights. Alternatively, certain incandescent light bulbs bring out the colors in a room.
Selecting certain types of light bulbs and fixtures, and being creative in the manner in which fixtures are placed, provides a cost-effective course to improve the look and feel of a home. Rather than spending a considerable amount of money redecorating, even a step as simple as changing out light bulbs or relocating fixtures works to redefine the look and feel of a home.