Projection Lights are lighting fixtures that project an image on the wall - above it, or to whichever direction they are pointed. They do not replace light bulbs, as they have a higher initial cost. Instead, they are designed to give a softer light and create a more dramatic effect through subtle adjustments in the color of the light. They are best suited for bedrooms and smaller living areas. In other words, if you are looking to make a small space appear larger through focused light then a combination of ambient light and spot lighting will work best.
Projection lights can be installed almost anywhere, though it is most common to install them over a ceiling in the bedroom. This makes it easier to adjust the height of the ceiling and avoid eye strain when reading. The light itself doesn't obstruct your view - rather it focuses on the ceiling so you can see the details clearly. You can also install them around a picture or artwork and focus them in the right area. However, they are a poor choice for use over a kitchen table as they will obscure your view of the table.
When selecting which light fixtures to use, it's best to find ones that will compliment the style of your room and the type of flooring you have. If you have wooden flooring, choose light fixtures with a similar finish to the wood. You could also opt for dimmer lights to create a more dramatic effect. Projection lights should create an atmosphere that complements the style of the room - not overwhelm it.
Projection lights are great for rooms where there is minimal decoration - such as a bathroom or kitchen. In these types of rooms the light creates the ambiance without distracting from the decor. They can also create soft lighting that is ideal for relaxing. However, they aren't recommended for use in children's rooms or playrooms where there is activity such as playing. Projection lighting is not suitable for bedrooms as their light can be too bright and pose a fire hazard.
When choosing where to place each light, you should consider where you want direct illumination. If you have a desk with a large window, you may want to position the light outside the window. However, if you're working at a desk without any windows, you should place the light against a wall or post so that it can illuminate the whole room. This is called task lighting and can create a great deal of focus - ideal for when you are working.
Projection lights can create a warm and friendly atmosphere - particularly when you are decorating a family room or an area where friends are often entertained. They are also ideal for creating romantic moods - as they create a softer glow than normal desk lamps. However, they don't work well in rooms with high levels of electrical activity. For this type of lighting, you should look towards chandeliers or table lamps. These tend to be powered by electricity so will require an electrical outlet.
Projection lights can be a little tricky to install - especially if you don't use a dedicated electrical socket. However, most modern lights can be plugged into regular sockets. If your light does not come with a power adaptor, then you can find one to adapt to your existing power source quite easily. If you need an extra lamp, then buy one - you can always use another light to create a backup.
Projection lighting can really transform the way a room looks and feels. However, you do need to choose a design that suits your needs and preference - one that you will be able to afford and enjoy for many years. Don't forget that light affects physical space and ambiance - so choose wisely. Take the time to plan your lighting scheme and you will be surprised at the results!