Help me improve my new apartment's dismal lighting situation
September 16, 2013 10:58 AM Subscribe
My recently purchased 1000 sq ft one bedroom apartment has terrible lighting, and I have no experience retrofitting lighting. What are the best resources for learning about lighting? Where can I buy decent light installations without breaking the bank? If I have a limited budget, what should be my priorities?
posted by ghostpony to home & garden (11 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I just bought a 1000 sq ft one bedroom apartment in Chicago, and it needs some major help on the lighting front. I've tried searching for good guides about best strategies for interior space lighting, but everything I found was for super high end interior design.
I'm interested in combining track lighting with some centrally located lights for many of the rooms because in the past my apartments have always had just one light source in the center of the room leading to really really crappy light quality. I want to be able to change the lighting based on requirements (as opposed to just on/off).
What are the best resources for designing/thinking about lighting in my apartment?
What are the best places to buy lights? We have an IKEA close by, but I'm worried about buying from them because of proprietary bulbs and because of long term quality.
Do you have specific recommendations for track lighting? Is there a place where I can read/look up reviews of lights outside of Amazon?
One caveat; I won't use CFLs. I have in the past for energy purposes and have always been disappointed with quality of light and durability. With that in mind I'm totally on board with spending a bit more for LEDs, if only for their dimming ability.