Lighting for our small living room with no overhead fixture?

Corey GwinMarch 23, 2013
We just moved into a small one bedroom home in San Diego near the beach (never mind the boxes & mess :P). We get great lighting from the West during the day and overhead via a skylight in the kitchen but unfortunately the living room doesn't have the greatest lighting once the sun goes down.

Fortunately there is a wooden beam running over the center of the living room to put some lighting. I've never been the greatest at lighting, so any ideas on what we should do?

We have an Ikea near buy which is great for our budget. I was thinking of buying the Hemma (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10175810/) and some sort of shade for general pendant lighting over the center of the living room and then some spot lights over the couch (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10232354). I can convert these over to outlets via a swag kit at Home Depot.
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Ikea has a couple of cool rail/cable lights that I have used. Here is a pic of a small living room that didn't have over head lighting. I used a set of cable spots to light the room and art.
    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 5:57PM
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Sorry, the spots didn't show up in the pic when I posted it. As you can see I also used a MCM classic Arch lamp.
    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 5:59PM
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On The Inside Design
Use led from la Jolla lighting. They save me in a lot of my projects. They are in la Jolla. I haven't had good experience with Ikea.
    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 6:03PM
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