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How To Choose The Right Overhead Light Fixture

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How To Choose The Right Light Fixture
How To Choose The Right Light Fixture

Recently I have been in the market for a new kitchen chandelier.  I still liked the original one, but unfortunately it had been exposed to some extra-hot light bulbs which burned the inside drum leaving some unsightly brown spots.  I have 7 steps that I use to help me with the selection process.  This helps to narrow down the vast selection of options that are available, and these are the steps for how to choose the right overhead light fixture for my room.

My kitchen chandelier with lightbulb burn mark | How To Choose The Right Overhead Light Fixture
My kitchen chandelier with lightbulb burn mark

Before I shop for any item that will be in the house for a long time, I make a list of what I’m looking for.  Since I’m going to be looking at it every day, I want to make sure I find something I love and that will do what I need it to do.  While the details of what is in my list is specific to me and my kitchen, the list of questions that I answer can be used for any purchase.  Click next to find out how to choose the right overhead light fixture for your room.

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4 Responses

  1. Jan
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    Is there a rule of thumb with shape? Does a round light hang over a round table; a rectangular over a rectangle? An oval over an oval table?

    • Wanda
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      Hi Jan…Round light fixtures can be used pretty much anywhere…since they’re the most common shape, they are available in pretty much all styles and sizes. If you have a really long rectangular or oval table, you might want to hang 2 round light fixtures, one towards each end of the table. I probably wouldn’t put a rectangular or oval light fixture over a round table (the proportions wouldn’t look right in most cases). However, you could put a rectangular or oval light fixture over either a rectangular or oval table. As long as the fixture is the right size (about 6 to 12 inches smaller than the width of the table) and style for the room, either would work. Hope this helps!

  2. Jan Lauffer
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    Thanks so much! My eye sensed that but it is helpful to have your confirmation. Here is a second question: we have recently purchased an ebony Baby Grand piano. It is gorgeous. I am devoting an entire room to it. I love Wedgewood or Dutch blue~ and have a collection of English blue and white dishes inherited from my Great Aunt I will display. There is one large window framed by Plantation shutters. What do you think of this color for drama and beauty? Thanks for your help!

    • Wanda
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      Hi Jan…That sounds stunning! I think the blue will make the piano stand out, and (in my opinion) it’s hard to go wrong with a blue, white and black color combination :)

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