Monday, February 12, 2018

Choosing the Best Lighting for Your Luxury Condo

Our luxury condos at Lake of the Ozarks don't just have the best view of the Lake, they also have the perfect interior to show off your artistic taste! Sometimes the best-placed decor can fall flat and look less like a masterpiece - but it's not your fault! Lighting throughout the condo could be playing a part and making your interior look less than stellar. Let's talk about the different ways lighting can make your home look and feel exactly the way you want it to look.

Yellow Light vs. White Light
There's a striking contrast between the warm yellow glow of a streetlamp and the bright white light of a classroom. Light bulbs are given a color temperature in Kelvin, which then allows you to find what color light bulbs you would like to use in your home. The lower the Kelvin number, the warmer and more yellow the light is and the higher the number, the whiter the light becomes.

Choosing the Right Light Bulbs
When it comes to lighting your home, there are several different bulb options. Incandescent bulbs have been used in America for decades. They emit warm yellow light. Unfortunately, they use much more energy than other bulbs and there have been laws passed to slowly phase these types of bulbs out of production.

Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are perfect for bright overhead lighting that is left on for an extended period, like kitchens and hallways. They last 7 - 10 times longer than the incandescent bulbs and are 75% more energy efficient.

Halogen bulbs are more efficient incandescent bulbs and cost slightly more. The benefit that halogens provide is wide area illumination with a yellowish light. These bulbs are not as efficient as CFLs but they are great for lamps and dining room chandeliers.

Light-Emitting Diode light bulbs (LEDs) are some of the best bulbs on the market. If used for just a few hours a day these can last over 20 years! They are incredibly efficient and provide unidirectional lighting, (casting light in one specific direction). LEDs are perfect for highlighting artwork on your walls and track lighting to give a dynamic contrast between shadows and your interior decor.

Lighting Your Second Home
There are 3 types of lighting you'll probably consider for your condo at Lake of the Ozarks: ambient, task, and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is the light that just fills a room and sets the atmosphere. This is considered the room's natural lighting. Task lighting is illumination with a purpose - table lamps, track lighting and closet lights are good examples. Task lights should be brighter than the ambient lighting to help draw a contrast and focus attention on the specified area. Accent lighting highlights a certain space like a wall of art or a bookcase. Accent lights create contrast and enhance the dramatic effect of illumination.

There are hundreds of ways to configure your lighting at the best waterfront condo complex at Lake of the Ozarks. Our condos are easy to customize. Bring in your professional art pieces and showcase them like they deserve with our wide walls and tall ceilings. All that's missing is your artistic hand. Call today to discover the perfection that is Isla Del Sol Condominiums at Lake of the Ozarks!

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