Light Up Your Life

While driving through a charming New England town I spotted a consignment shop in a lovely old house. A rack of colorful summer clothes stood on the porch with a sign that read: Fill a shopping bag for $10.

I noticed a few garments on the rack that I liked. Then I stepped inside the shop. The organized display of clothing, jewelry, scarves, and hats looked inviting, but the lighting was so dim that the clothes looked dingy.

I tried on a few sweaters in the dressing room but couldn’t really see them. I had to go to the front door to view myself in the mirror by the window.

The dark atmosphere did not encourage me to buy. I went outside to the porch and filled a $10 bag with clothes because I could see them.

In feng shui, light is a form of energy. Strong energy is present in bright light, while dim light has weak energy.

More Light = More Energy!

Choose light fixtures to perform specific tasks and to create a “mood” in your room. Soft, dim lighting creates a peaceful atmosphere, while bright lighting focuses attention.

Four Types of Lighting

Use the following four types of lighting strategically in your space to create an atmosphere and enhance the energy in your space:

Ambient or general background lighting provides overall illumination so you can move about easily. A ceiling fixture, for example, spreads light in all directions and on the surfaces in your room. Many rooms come with only ambient light; if that’s true for your room, you’ll need to add the other types of light yourself.

Task lighting projects light on a specific area such as your desk to help you work comfortably. Desk lights, table lamps and Ott-Lites are examples of task lighting.

Accent lighting highlights a focal point in your space such as a favorite painting or a collection. For example, a tall floor lamp (also called a “torchiere”) can highlight artwork in a dark corner. A spotlight can showcase a tapestry.

Informational lighting helps you find your way safely. For example, a night light helps you move about the room after your roommates have gone to bed.

When selecting lighting, consider the activities planned for each area of your space. Determine where you will work, relax, read, socialize, and sleep and set up the most functional lighting for each area.

To your success,

Mary Roberts

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