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Our customers often ask “What is the best light for reading?” when they are shopping for a floor or desk lamp. Whatever type of lamp they decide to buy, we always suggest using bulbs that provide full spectrum lighting.

The right kind of lighting can make a big difference in your vision and reading enjoyment.  Our eyes respond best under natural sunlight, so simulating this effect indoors allows your vision to be clear and more focused. Full spectrum lights simulate natural sunlight (the only real full-spectrum source) and provide the perfect balance of brightness and contrast. Reading by a light that simulates natural lighting helps to reduce eye strain, improves color perception and, for some people, improves overall mood.

Small rooms and tight spaces in a home can be a challenge to light.  If the wrong lighting is used in a small room it can end up feeling cave-like or claustrophobic. Great interior design and beautifully chosen color palettes can be ruined with improper lighting, and this is particularly true in small spaces.

Small Space Design Considerations

Good lighting can actually make a small space look and feel larger and more attractive. Careful planning of scale, proportion and function are vital.  You want to use fixtures that are right-sized for the room and provide enough lighting for the room’s main functions - whether it’s reading, crafting or just relaxing and watching TV.

The condition and style of your existing chandelier, the room’s décor and your personal style and taste are all things to consider when you’re thinking about replacing a chandelier.

Is the fixture working properly?
The first thing to consider when replacing a chandelier is whether you really need or want to buy a new one.  If the chandelier isn’t working properly, but you like it and it goes with the room’s décor, maybe repairing it is a better option.  Bring the fixture in to House of Andala for a free consultation.  We can let you know if the chandelier can be repaired and give you an estimate of the cost. Or we can let you know if the fixture is indeed unrepairable.

There are several things to consider - condition, financial value and sentimental value - when deciding whether to keep and restore your antique lamp or to buy new.

Just because it’s old, doesn’t mean it’s valuable, at least in terms of dollars and cents.
You’ve probably seen this happen a few times on shows like Antiques Roadshow: someone brings in a cherished family heirloom that has been in the family for generations, sure that if it’s old it must be a valuable antique.  Last year on Antiques Roadshow, two sisters found out that their mother’s antique lamp that was purchased in the 1960’s for $125 was worth between $250,000 and $300,000 dollars! But that rarely happens.

The short answer is “Absolutely”! When you consider the price, the expected life, and energy usage of the bulb, either one will save you 50% or more per hour that it is used.

Saves you money in the long run. Although they’re more expensive up front, CFL and LED bulbs last many times longer than incandescent bulbs. According to Energy.gov, good-quality CFL bulbs are expected to have a useful life of 8,000 to 10,000 hours. A comparable white LED lighting bulb is expected to have a useful life of 30,000 to 50,000 hours or even longer! This compares to a typical incandescent lamp that lasts about 1,000 hours.

So you’ll pay less over the long run, and won’t have to change light bulbs as often.