Start by determining if you want direct or ambient light, says Mark McMenamin, senior editor of InFurniture magazine.
Where to Go
- Restoration Hardware sells lighting designs from high-end manufacturers under its own label at much lower prices (restorationhardware.com).
- Rico has a carefully edited line of modernist lights at affordable prices (shoprico.com).
- Visual Comfort specializes in hard-to-find lighting products and antique reproductions (eboniste.com).
- Factor in the cost of an electrician: about $90 per ceiling or wall-mounted fixture, more if additional wiring is required.