Using lighting fixture catalogs, a homeowner can get a picture, literally, of different illumination systems. While it isn’t necessary to look through product listings before picking a system, it can be an easy way to narrow down the field of options. Illumination systems can seem highly complex to an untrained person, but as long as a homeowner can answer the big questions regarding their system preferences, they can make an informed decision with the help of an illumination designer.
What can a homeowner learn by looking through lighting fixture catalogs?
Even if all a homeowner has is a photo to study, they can make some important observations about the system. What does the system look like? Does it fit aesthetically into the home? Is it the kind of look that a display can be designed around, or is it too bold or too classic? Where is it designed to aim? Does it point up and illuminate the ceiling, or is it aimed directly downwards? Is it big and clunky, or small and sleek?
Will the system need to provide a lot of illumination, or is the homeowner looking for a more intimate display? Some products are designed to command attention and wash the space with bright illumination, while others produce a more diffuse spread of light instead. Does the homeowner want something classic, contemporary, or elegant?
These are basic questions, but important ones if a homeowner wants a perfect fit. It’s also important to find an illumination source that works with the display, and not against it. For example, incandescent illumination is noticeably warm, so it works best with displays that include a lot of reds, oranges and yellows. Halogen illumination should be set against artwork, as it offers superior color rendering. Xenon is often used to supplant incandescent illumination, as it offers similar warmth with improved efficiency and lifespan. Fluorescent is not typically used for aesthetic applications, but can work as an undercabinet option in some settings. Finally, LED sources are considered the future of display illumination, as they are extremely efficient and can be customized to a great degree.
Most illumination designers have their own lighting fixture catalogs for clients to look through, so homeowners can pick out what they want before they sit down for an involved consultation. If a homeowner can select a few illumination products that they prefer, the designer can show the homeowner how they look while in operation. The designer can also help pick out similar products that might work better.
Lighting fixture catalogs can provide a nice resource for a homeowner, who can take the product listing and use it to brainstorm display ideas. It’s the first step finding that perfect illumination system.