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As a professional interior designer, it’s your responsibility to coordinate every aspect of a room design- including the small details like lighting and appliances. When it comes to selecting an appropriate light fixture, there are a few things you should keep in mind about the options available to you and your clients.
First of all, the largest advantage of choosing incandescent lamps as opposed to other varieties is that they produce a specific type of light. If your clients are interested in a warm cast (softer, more natural, arguably more flattering to skin tones), this is your best choice. However- it’s important to consider maintenance. You should likely remind homeowners that these lamps are hotter, they burn out faster and they use more electricity in order to produce that cozy glow.
If you’re designing a corporate space such as a retail interior or an office, you should probably stick to fluorescent lamps. They are more commonly used for commercial projects and will help contribute to a more professional looking environment.
Also, if you’re designing a client’s workspace- something like a garage or laundry room- it might be worth making the switch to fluorescent lighting because of that aforementioned professional look.
Getting started, simply speak with your clients and ask them about the vibe they’re looking to achieve in a certain space. If they want a productive, clinical-looking spot to sort laundry, fluorescent is likely the way to go. But if they want a more soothing, soft area to eat dinner with family and friends, stick to incandescent for sure.