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Q: How can I get the proper lighting for my kitchen?
A: For optimal kitchen lighting, choose a fluorescent kitchen fixture or other close-to-ceiling kitchen fixtures for general lighting. Add a flush mount kitchen fixture above the sink and pendants above your dinette or breakfast bar. Under cabinet lighting can be installed under your kitchen cabinets to create a well-lit work area or above cabinets for a soft up lighting effect

Q: How much light is needed in a kitchen?
A: Depends on the size. If it's less than 100 square feet, a 2-light decorative fluorescent fixture is fine. Larger kitchens up to 250 feet will need a 4-light fluorescent fixture. Over 250 square feet will need the 4-light plus additional supplemental lighting. Undercabinet lighting is always appropriate for task lighting of work surfaces.

Q: How can I get optimal lighting in my bathroom?
A: For optimal bathroom lighting,bathroom fixtures that feature incandescent bulbs behind diffusers radiate the most flattering light and color. Remember that you can use more than bath strips for your next bathroom lighting project. Try sconces on either side of a mirror, and a ceiling fixture, for balanced bathroom lighting throughout the room. Larger baths are in vogue today, and a small chandelier over the bath can create spectacular effects.

Q: How do I determine the proper size chandelier for a dining table?
A: A good rule of thumb is to choose a chandelier, be it polished brass, hand painted or a crystal chandelier, with a diameter equal to 1/2 the width of the table. For instance, if the width of your table is 54", select a chandelier that has a diameter of 27". The chandelier should be hung so the bottom of the fixture is approximately 30" above the tabletop.

Q: How do I determine the proper size chandelier for a foyer?
A: To determine what size chandelier would fit best in a foyer?or any room?simply add the room dimensions together. For example, if you are planning a crystal chandelier for your foyer which is 12' by 16,' add 12 + 16 =28. The proper size chandelier for this foyer would be 28" in diameter.

Q: How do I determine the correct amount of wattage to properly illuminate a 12' by 16' room?
A: To find the proper ambient lighting for the room, multiply the room dimensions to get your total square footage (12 x 16 = 192). Then multiply the total square footage by 1.5 for total illumination needed (192 x 1.5 = 288 watts). So, for a 12 x 16 room, two 150-watt table or floor lamps would give more than ample light for a room this size (2 x 150 = 300 watts), or an 8-light chandelier with 40-watt bulbs could create the same ambient lighting effect in a 12 x 16 room (8 x 40 = 320). For specific task lighting within a space, for example, the light needed on a kitchen work island, multiply the square footage of the island (8 x 4 = 32 square feet) times 2.5 = 80 watts, or two 40-watt pendants.

Q: What's the proper height to install wall sconces?
A: Sconces should be installed on the wall 60" from the floor. If you choose to utilize wall sconces to illuminate hallways, then the sconces should be placed eight to ten feet apart.

Q: When should I use a dimmer switch?
A: To enhance your home decor a dimmer switch can be used with any decorative lighting fixtures, such as chandeliers, pendants and even bath lights, to adjust the amount of light given depending on the activity of the room. To use the dimmer switch effectively, use brighter lighting for parties or dim the lights for a quieter, more intimate setting

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