Form and function figure into lighting
With home decor, the items we use most every day, such as doors or chairs, often can be taken for granted. And so it is with lighting.
Illuminating our homes, especially during this time of year, when night overtakes day by early evening, is a necessity. But there's more to lights than just function. Looks and feel also play integral roles.
“From an aesthetic point of view, lighting we like to equate to jewelry,” says Paula Minton, general manager of Kentucky Lighting & Supply.
Minton and her staff ask customers about the style of the space.
“We want to know what are you feeling when you're in the room,” she says. “We try to hone in on what we in the trade think of as masculine — clean, kind of boxy — and feminine — maybe more ornate with slimmer lines with a lot of high design.”
There's an amazing array of types of lighting: table lamps, sconces, pendants and chandeliers, to name a few. To choose the best style for a room, it's best to think about how the lights will be used.
“There's some practical consideration, like the amount of light you need for the task, the size of the room, what the use of the room is,” Minton says. “Are there tasks carried out there, or are you interested in ambient light? Do you want the fixture to be a focal point, or do you want it to disappear?”
It also pays to be conscious of energy use. The American Lighting Association, a trade group representing the lighting industry in the United States and Canada, offers energy-saving lighting tips from Joe Rey-Barreau. Rey-Barreau suggests replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents. For an inviting glow, choose products labeled “residential color,” “warm” or “soft white.”
Harriett Hendren is a staff writer for Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Penguins not mortgaging future
- Penguins GM Rutherford not counting on Dupuis’ return
- Penguins acquire defensemen Lovejoy, Cole in deadline deals
- No tag for Worilds; Steelers cut Moore
- Pirates special instructor Tekulve taking second chance to heart
- Zoning update raises fears in Ligonier Township
- Pittsburgh’s Downtown tops ranking of small to midsized cities
- Rangers up ante in Metropolitan Division with trade acquisitions
- Shenefelt of North Huntingdon accused of road rage altercation in Westmoreland
- Reputed major heroin trafficker in Westmoreland County pleads guilty, gets prison sentence
- ‘Let It Snow’s’ big-name cast filming all over Western Pennsylvania