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Editor's note: The following item is republished with permission of houzz.com. See the original article: Expert Lighting Design Secrets. Erik Thompson of Quatro Lighting Designs is an expert in how to show your home in the right light. Planning lighting for your entire house or even one room can be an overwhelming task, and hiring a lighting designer is the easiest solution. But if you're on a tight budget, this may not be possible. So Thompson has generously offered up some of his top lighting advice. His no. 1 piece of advice is to plan ahead, as often lighting comes up after you've run through your budget. "No matter how many beautiful items you've bought for your home, without proper illumination you are left in the dark," Thompson says. "Proper lighting design can make a project successful." If you can afford a lighting designer, Thompson recommends checking out the designer's portfolio and finding one that suits your personal style. ...