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The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing Light Fixtures

Though many may not realize it, light fixtures are often what tie a room together, giving it just the right finishing touch. That’s why finding the perfect one can be a painstaking process. However, if you go into your search prepared, you’ll save yourself some time and unnecessary frustration. There are plenty of mistakes to be made during your quest for the perfect piece of lighting, but this simple list of dos and don’ts will help keep you on the right track.


DO plan ahead. Before you begin hunting for the perfect fixture(s), there are numerous planning steps you can take to make your search as easy as possible. Some of these steps are outlined below, but others include reading up on what kind of lighting works best for certain rooms, such as chandeliers for foyer and entryway lighting or wall sconces for bathroom lighting. Assuming that you’re looking for a fixture to fit into your existing décor, this is also when you should determine the details such as the size and style of fixture you want.

DO take measurements of the room. Knowing the dimensions of the room will help you choose a fixture that is proportionate in scale. Eye-balling measurements may work in cooking, but it might not be the best thing to do when you’re purchasing something for your home that you have to look at every day. For instance, if you have low ceilings (8 feet and under), a flush mount or semi-flush mount fixture would be a better choice than a pendant or chandelier in high-traffic walking areas such as an entryway or hallway.

DO know the weight and dimensions of the fixture. It could be easy to fall in love with a light fixture in a department store and bring it home, only to realize that it’s either too big or too small for the intended area. For example, you wouldn’t want to choose an island pendant that’s much longer than the kitchen island itself. The weight of the fixture is also important to consider. It’s crucial that you make sure wherever you’re placing your fixture has the proper supports and cross-checking the light fixture’s specifications with the electrical wiring and architectural layout of your home are essential steps.


DON’T choose form over function. There are plenty of stylish and on-trend light fixtures on the market. Whether you have a rustic, traditional, or industrial design aesthetic, there’s sure to be a fixture out there to fit your sensibilities. But basing your purchase purely on looks could give you a bad case of buyer’s remorse. Considering everything but the fixture’s functionality could leave you with a poorly lit room. Think about the fixture’s light output as well as whether you want it to give off more directional or omni-directional light.

DON’T place too much emphasis on overhead lighting. Granted, you may just be replacing an overhead light fixture, but if it’s the only light fixture in the room, you might want to think about taking a layered lighting approach. Overhead fixtures are wonderful for general ambient lighting, but throwing accent and task lighting into the mix will give your room balanced illumination.

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Lights from Lead and Concrete

James Plumb Creates Hand-Sculpted Lamps from Lead and Concrete

No two works are the same in JamesPlumb’s new lighting collection, which features crumpled sheets of lead that sit on top of cubed concrete bases.

The London-based studio designed the series of handmade lamps as part of their Studies in Permanence collection, which they devised as a rejection of the  “conventional perfection” that comes with mass-produced objects.

Each lamp features a blocky concrete base, a bulb, and a crumpled piece of lead that has been sculpted by hand.

“We are drawn to objects that cannot be replicated, and to the idea that total permanence cannot be,” the duo told Dezeen.

“In these works, no two pieces of lead will ever be the same shape – it’s this guided unpredictability by the human hand that excites us.”

Each piece of lead was individually patinaed to create unique shades. The duo then rolled the material out into sheets, making it more malleable for sculpting.

This also gives the lead a thin and lightweight appearance, despite it being around four times heavier than its concrete counterpart.

The shadows cast from the bulb is intended to emphasize the differences in two materials – the complex forms emitted from the lead is set against the simple block of shadow from the concrete.

“The lead partly takes on its own personality and agenda, and in these works, we observe and respond to this fluidity,” the designers told Dezeen. “A blend of carefully considered shaping by design, and accidental incident as the lead takes its own paths and folds.”

JamesPlumb’s Studies in Permanence collection reflects the artistic background of both the designers, who studied fine art sculpture at the Wimbledon School of Art.

The collection also includes a sculptural bench, which was showcased by Gallery FUMI and was one of Dezeen’s top picks from the PAD design fair in London earlier this month.


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