Purchasing your light fixtures online can be tricky. Because you can’t see and touch the light fixture yourself, deciding whether the product is what you’re looking for can take much longer than usual. Add to this a common issue people have with online shopping—some details in the product description don’t match what they get. You also have things like delivery time and product availability affecting your purchase process.

Still, buying light fixtures for your Scottsdale home online can be a great way to shop conveniently and save money at the same time, if you know what you’re doing. Below are a few things to consider when buying light fixtures online.

1. Know Where to Buy

There are thousands of online stores that sell light fixtures. You can do your shopping on the manufacturer’s official website, or on e-commerce sites like Amazon. Either way, be sure to shop at official sites. You can verify the online store by reading customer reviews or checking if they are listed with organizations like the Better Business Bureau.

It’s also important that you read up on the seller’s freight policies, shipping charges, and return policies, in case something happens to your order or you want to return it.

2. Do Your Homework

Before making a purchase, make sure you know what you are looking for.

  • What type of light fixture are you planning to purchase?
  • What style and finish do you want?
  • Is it going to be a statement piece or an accent light for the space?
  • What features do you want?
  • Do you want the brightness to be adjustable?
  • What’s your budget?

Make sure you have all the things you’re looking for in a light fixture laid out to make it easy to find the product you want. A key factor is making your choice is to know the dimensions of the room where you want the light fixture to be. Take time to plan and visualize the space you’re working in as this will save you a lot of time when shopping online.

3. Ask for Assistance

Take advantage of the site’s sales and customer service hotline. Reliable online retailers will do what they can to answer your questions and provide as many details about the fixture you’re interested in. Sales reps are also a big help especially if you’re planning to make multiple purchases. They can assist you in finding a fixture with the specifics you want. Whether you call, send an email, or chat with a rep, they can help you make an informed choice.

4. Set a Timeline

Whether you’re working on your whole house or on one of the bedrooms, always set a timeline. Delays are inevitable when it comes to online shopping, so you don’t want to have to place your schedule on hold because your fixtures haven’t arrived yet. Most orders often arrive within a few days after you order them. If your fixtures are custom-made or are not in stock, you might have to wait longer before they arrive. Either way, it won’t hurt to add a few more days to the estimated delivery date of your order.

Like all online purchases, shopping for light fixtures on the Internet takes research and patience. Take your time reviewing all your options before making your purchase, and you’ll find the right fixture in no time.

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