I buy lots of lamps for my clients from HomeSense. If you don’t count the big box stores, we have about four lighting stores in Vancouver (and that includes two in Richmond) so the selection is mostly bleak in general.
When you buy a lamp at HomeSense the lightbulbs are usually included. In the last year they switched them from “soft white”to “clear,” and if you take it home and don’t realize what has happened, your light can look very ugly indeed!
When one of my best friends Tami and her husband Larry moved into their new townhouse, she arrived home with this lamp she had fallen in love with but this is how it looked lit.
Photo by Maria Killam
See all the shadows, every single piece of the lamp is unattractively reflected on the wall. Terrible!
See what a difference a FROSTED bulb makes!! Don’t forget about wattage as well. If you don’t need it for a reading light sometimes a 40 watt bulb is better than 60 for atmosphere. Sorry for the bad photo, it was almost dark by the time I took this photo today.
I am so stressed about the regular incandescent bulb being discontinued forever and being stuck with the compact fluorescent (left below) that a while ago I ran out and bought over $100 worth! Haha, I know some of you might think I’m nuts but the two biggest elements of design that create the most atmosphere is #1, Lighting (with the correct lightbulb), and #2 Colour on the walls.
If you have any light bulbs that look like the above right and are wondering why you hate the paint colour in your space, this light could be the culprit. When you switch all your lighting back to regular incandescents you will notice a huge difference in the look and feel of your house at night!
A vignette at Tami’s house
Who cares if they last a hundred years. . . atmosphere is way more important than longevity especially at Christmas!
Which lightbulbs do you have in your house?
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