There’s no need to settle for bland, entry-level lighting just because the budget is tight. The building products world offers way too many stylish options.
If your budget is robust, you can pay a lot to get the very best fixtures from top brands. But when money is tight, you need to get creative to save money.
For example, use higher-quality products in the main public spaces and spend less on the fixtures for private rooms.
Fixtures installed at eye-level or should be of higher quality than those on the ceiling or higher on the wall.
Don’t be afraid to look in the big box stores. They are loaded with terrible-looking brass fixtures; these should be avoided. Instead, look for chrome, brushed stainless or nickel products with a clean design.
Ideally, you want to get your lighting at a showroom or gallery, but sometimes the Web can be your friend Here are some outlets to try: homedepot.com, lowes.com, destinationlighting.com, overstock.com and lightinguniverse.com.
Here are six that won’t blow your budget:
The Home Depot
The Stratus sconce from Hampton Bay offers a very attractive price — $16.50. Made from steel and featuring a brushed nickel finish, it comes with an energy efficient GU24 compact fluorescent bulb. homedepot.com
Ranarp is a simple pendant that measures 9 ins. in diameter. It’s made from powder-coated steel and costs $24.99. ikea.com
The fixture is made from steel and paper, and measures 14 ins. wide. It costs $24. adessohome.com
Portfolio is a low-voltage path light that has a metal body and aplastic lens. It’s priced from $14. lowes.com
This vintage pendant features a black metal body and black cord. It uses a 60-watt bulb and costs $15. globe-electric.com
The mini pendant measures 10 ins. in length and 6 ins. in diameter. Priced at $22, it features a brushed nickel finish and uses a 60-watt bulb. overstock.com