An Illuminating Experience
Lighting is an essential element for any a space, wouldn't you agree? Sadly, its often the first thing to be cut when the budget costs get out of hand. People need to understand, that even with a tight budget, you can still find some amazing lighting. A perfect example of this can be found in my front entry, where I utilized a well priced light from ikea to achieve the modern look I wanted. It was a bargain by any measure, at the low cost of $79! It occupies a prominent place in our home and sets the tone for the rest of our main living areas. I know what you're thinking...for that price, it's obviously poor quality and won't last. My answer to you is, maybe so... but it just so happens that I installed this light 7 years ago and it still looks as good as the day I bought it. Ceiling fixtures aren't affected by daily wear and tear, but the wall switches are. So really, as long as they don't look cheap, there is absolutely no reason to shy away from a less expensive fixture. They all have to meet our Canadian safety standards in order to be sold in Canada.
Lamps on the other-hand are a different story. Depending on where you're using them, they can be subject to a lot of wear and tear. So, before purchasing that cute bargain lamp for your office, think realistically about how often it's likely to be switched off and on, as this can effect the longevity of the piece. In addition, if the lamp is in a high traffic location, it will likely be subject to being bumped or knocked over occasionally and this too will effect how long it will last. The lamp shown above is in my bedroom and was a deal and a half at Walmart at just $34. The finish seems decent, but I know the switch on the top likely won't last long. I don't really use my bedside lamps very often, so let's just say it's a calculated gamble I'm willing to take.
In contrast, I have a very expensive solid nickel light suspended above our dining room table. This thing is so heavy it took two people to hold it in place while it was being installed. The original price was over $2000 dollars. However, I purchased the floor model, it had minor blemish which was honestly difficult to even see. However, when I was negotiating the price down to $500 dollars, it was a blemish that was visible from space as far as I was concerned lol. Interestingly the addition of this light, which is centrally located in our open concept plan, really serves to elevate the look of the other less expensive lights around it.
Bottom line... I got the look I want without having to break the bank.