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Feb
09
2011

The proper lighting can add ambience and value to your home

I have made many great connections with businesses in the Oakville and Burlington areas; associations that have provided additional help for my clients who are selling or buying a home. My connections include mortgage brokers, real estate lawyers, home inspectors, stagers, florists, galleries and the list goes on and on.

Clients who are selling have been able to increase the value of their home by making modest and cost-effective upgrades that make their properties more attractive and more appealing to a wide audience of buyers. For the buyer, moving into a home is exciting and creating your own personal style is all part of the experience.

Lighting plays such an important role in the appearance of your home. Perhaps you need some additional ambience lighting to create a mood to sell, or maybe you want to replace the existing fixtures in your new home with something that is more your style.

An important connection and a very good friend is Don Parans, owner of Concept Lighting Galleries. This is not your average lighting store. I have known Don for many years and I can tell you firsthand that his staff (designers) are obsessed with service. Whether you have trouble making a design decision or if it’s a question of installation, they can help.

“To ensure that our store has broad appeal, we have selected pieces from more than 30 different suppliers,” Don says. “If your taste is contemporary, traditional or the latest trend to transitional, we have it all. We also have an outstanding assortment of larger pieces to suit the scale which is required in today’s new homes where 9 or 10 foot ceilings, great rooms and grand foyers are common.”

Updating your lighting fixtures can dramatically change the way your home looks without costly home decorating or remodelling. The experts at Concept Lighting suggest that when choosing several lighting fixtures for a room, check for available fixtures from the same collection, to match the overall look. You can make a room seem larger by washing its walls with even lighting. In a large room, lighting up a few areas with pools of light can make the room feel smaller and cozier.
Here are some tips when calculating the light needed for each room.

The formula is:

multiply the length times the width of the room (in feet). Then, multiply that number times 1.5. This number gives you the amount of wattage needed to light the room properly for general illumination.

For task lighting in areas where stronger light is needed (such as a kitchen island), multiply the area’s square footage by 2.5 rather than 1.5 to find the needed wattage.

This is just a sampling of the help you can find at Concept Lighting. For more information visit their website www.conceptlighting.ca or drop into their store and tell them Dan sent you.