Buying new light fixtures is an exciting, inexpensive way to spruce up your home, but with so many options to choose from, where do you start? It will help to figure out the answers to a few basic questions, as this will determine your needs and ensure you make the right decision.
The first of these factors to determine is power output. How large is the space where the fixtures will be installed, and what is the function of the room? Family, living and dining rooms tend to be the largest, and the aim should be to keep them well-lit, either with natural or artificial lighting.
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With increased wattage comes higher energy costs, unless you know a few tricks of the trade, that is. Fluorescent lights are far brighter than incandescents, but their key disadvantage is that they emit harmful levels of UV radiation and can be aggravating when looked at for extended periods of time.
Luckily, modern fluorescent light covers act as efficient diffusing products, and thus have a double benefit. First, the increased distribution lessens the need for additional lighting fixtures, which when coupled with the energy-efficient factor of fluorescent, is a two-fold deal. Plus, these decorative light covers shield your family’s eyes from the harmful effects of UV rays, which is reason enough to make the investment!
Covers for fluorescent lights come in a variety of shapes, depending on the desired diffusion setting. These include narrow mixing, circular, elliptical and angle bend covers, all of which have their benefits.
The next factor to consider when purchasing new light fixtures is the amount of maintenance that will be required to keep them looking and functioning at their best. Large spaces such as garages and warehouses are best suited to low-maintenance solutions. This also applies to fixtures located on high or arched ceilings or any other place where access is restricted.
The ideal diffuser materials for decorative light covers in these locations are polycarbonate and acrylic as each of these lasts a very long time and is resistant to wear and tear. To help save additional money, we recommend swapping out any existing T12 fixtures with their more energy-efficient T8 counterparts.
Learn more about the decorative light panels we have in stock today to find the perfect option for your space.