I have learned, through experience, that lighting locations and lamping have a major effect on room size, apparent temperature, and general comfort and serenity in a room.
The flooring in the clinic was a neutral colored newer carpet, the wall colors complimentary and freshly painted. There was no need at all for new flooring or painting! What the clinic needed was a new lighting plan.
Recently, LED (light emitting diodes) have come into use in light fixtures of
Two reasons are: the small amount of electricity they use, and the proven longevity of the lamps. They can be dimmed and, with current advances in their design, the color renditions they produce are excellent.
I chose to use generic, ceiling mounted white tracks with small adjustable heads, and screw in 7watt LED bulbs. The tracks can be laid out around the ceilings of the rooms in almost any configuration, using T's, L's and X's. The heads can be mounted anywhere on the track, and directed individually for different purposes. Econo Light Fixture and Lamp Sales.
We ended up using 20 fixture heads.Using 7 Watts each, that's only 140 Watts for the entire clinic!Previously electric use was at least 4 times that.
The end result was dramatic. The wall hung art is now spotlighted. The lighting is distributed around the perimeter, lighting up the walls and furniture, making the clinic feel larger and "cleaner". The system is versatile, as the fixture heads can be directed where they are needed, and the entire track can be dimmed. The bulbs are fairly expensive at $25.00/ each and they are guaranteed at least 3 years, and are expected to last 6 years or more. Additionally, the savings in electricity use will be significant throughout the following years.