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evans_rose
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I am just about to put in new lighting in my home - what are the big mistakes I should avoid?


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john_margaret
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Avoid too much ceiling lights - less is better. A lot of homes for example put way too many downlights.


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Make sure you don't forget dimmers. They are fantastic for mood and entertaining and very expensive to install later on.


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A huge mistake is to put lights in the wrong areas, for example in the dining room you don't want bright lights shining into or above people's faces.


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A mistake I see everwhere is to put a hige light like a chandelier either in a small room, or over a small table. Really looks nasty!


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When you buy the lights don't depend on "gut feel". Take measurements into the shops.


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When you install pendant lights or chandeliers, it can be extremely easy to accidentally make the bottom of the light too low. Make sure it's not.


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Don't go for too many feature walls that are too dark, as it will destroy the lighting you put in.


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evans_eva
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A very common mistake is to put cool white or daylight white lights / globes instead of warm white. Homes should be WARM white.


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Light switches that are too high or too low, or positioned in the wrong spot. Amazing how many electricians do this.


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Make sure you light up small or out of the way areas. They are very easy to neglect.


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Jack
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A huge mistake is to not make your kitchen bright enough, and also in the kitchen you need to have light above each task area.


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Daniel
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If you put in downlights, make sure they are in a nice neat array, and not too close. 


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Chris
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Avoid the mistake of installing modern lights inside older homes. Looks weird and irritating.


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Eva
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Forgetting dimmers is a common bad mistake.


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Mike
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Lots of homes put in really bad lighting in the bathrooms. Just because it is the bathrooms does not mean you should forget about it.


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John
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A common mistake is to have only one light source in a room, such as a pendant light or an oyster. Put in a number of lights to create a much better atmosphere.


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Charles
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A common mistake is forgetting about natural light.


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Martha
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A mistake a lot of interior designer see quite often is creating harsh shadows.


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If you use downlights, make sure they have large beam angles - small beam angle can create pools of bright lights surrounded by shadows.


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