Thursday, March 31, 2011

Let there be light.

(via weheart it - how cool is this?)

While looking through Flickr for a recipe I thought I'd photographed before (nope), I had to acknowledge that my food photography needs work. But the lighting situation in my kitchen is an even bigger problem. I have one long overhead fluorescent light, and no additional light in the bar area, which opens into my fairly dim living room. The adjoining dining area has decent natural light in the daytime, but only one overhead fan light. This makes for terrible food photos. I want to put task lights under the cabinets, but on my one Lowe's trip specifically to buy some, I got overwhelmed and intimidated. I don't know which type of bulb would work best (who knew there were so many kinds??), much less how to get them up and working. Aren't there battery-powered lights that you can stick up with adhesive foam? :P

Like flower arranging and choosing accessories, home lighting is something I greatly appreciate, but have NO knack for. I need someone with The Eye to come over and tell me where to put various kinds of lights throughout my house, and then install them for me. :) When done right, lighting can make all the difference in a home, but it seems so non-crucial that I've never gotten around to it. Advice? Thoughts?


  1. Good lighting definitely makes a big difference, but like you, I really struggle with the where and what types, etc. I'm looking forward to future posts about what you decide to do, though. :) Best wishes as you search for just the right lighting (love that picture at the top of your post, too).

  2. I'm pretty sure that yes, they do make those kinds of lights you mentioned being able to stick up with adhesive. I don't know where you'd find something like that, though, if Lowe's didn't have it. Good luck!

  3. Walmart had several options for lights you stick u with adhesive, a few with cords, but most were battery-powered. They had LEDs in a circle, LEDs on tracks, mini-fluorescents, and more. I bet Target's selection would be just as good if you wanted to avoid WM at all costs.