How to buy quality light fixtures? Which stores, brands?
I need to purchase two light fixtures. One for a covered porch and one utility light for the top of the basement stairs. I replaced one about 4 yrs ago and it barely lasted 3 years. I bought it at a box store. I am wondering if I should try an actual lighting store, but usually their prices are 3x higher than a box store. I want something that is safe and lasts but doesn't have to be high end. I've heard to stay away from IKEA light fixtures, but that's about the only advise I've heard. Does anyone have any information or experience to help me figure this out?
I am sure I will be needing other light fixtures soon, so I would like to know what to look for in general. Thanks.