You would always hear designers say that lighting is everything. And it’s true. Light influences how we perceive a space. In fact, the easiest way to improve a room is to improve the lighting by introducing a mix of lighting fixtures: general, directional, task, and accent lighting.
We have been accustomed to bright, white, overhead (ceiling mounted) general lighting even if it’s sometimes unnecessary. Plus, overhead general lighting is so unflattering to the space and to the people in it by making all the imperfections visible, creating ugly shadows, and highlighting blue undertones (for daylight fluorescent lamps) like blemishes and dirt marks.
To save on electricity and to make your space look and feel better, add a light where it is needed by incorporating table and floor lamps. They are much more efficient for task lighting because the light source is near the work space and would, therefore, require a bulb with a lower wattage (I prefer a 5 to 7-watt warm or cool white cfl). For aesthetic purposes, table and floor lamps are great accent lights that cast light patterns in the room that introduce depth and drama.
For those in a tight budget, here are some contemporary lamps that are super affordable:
1) Aluminum lamp (top photo, foreground), P6,000 from Chan C Bros., SM Megamall
2) Aluminum lamp with rippled shade (top photo, background) P3,000 from Chan C Bros., SM Megamall.
3) Tao Margot table lamp (above), P3,195 from Our Home
4) Tao Polaris table lamp (below) P1,995 from Our Home
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