When designing your home, care should be given to what kind of lights are used and where they should be installed. You could ruin the atmosphere or ambiance of room with the wrong kind of lightings or by not positioning them in the right place.
Here are some tips for you. A little planning goes a long way towards ensuring you do not make costly mistakes.
1. Make a Lighting Plan
Think about what you do in a room so you can provide the light kind of lighting for those activities. Consider the style, scale and output of your lighting before making design choices. This could save you time and money in the long run.
2. Layer Your Lighting
Layer your lighting by using different light sources at different levels to create the mood you want to invoke. Lighting can optimise a room’s size and shape; brighter lights makes a room seem larger and low hung pendant lights will create the illusion of height while clusters of lighting will make a room seem cosier.
3. Your Lighting Should be Helpful
Make sure you determine what are the main activities in each room to ensure that the lighting will aid with the respective purpose of each room. For example, you will need more concentrated lights with cooking. Therefore, use a combination of down-lights and recess lightings in cabinets and above stove tops. Likewise, use directional lighting aimed away from you for reading. Powder rooms are best fitted with a combination of down-lights and sidelights.
Dimmers would be a great investment because although the initial cost of getting them may be higher, they do provide you with more effective and more efficient energy. They are also super effective in quickly changing the atmosphere and warmth of a room.
If you have a large yard, installing a timer or night sensor light for your garden and porch would be very effective. Besides turning on and off automatically when you are away from home for security purposes, it is also cost efficient to install one.
4. Choose Your Bulbs Carefully
Consider the following when choosing your bulbs:
· How bright do you need your room or space to be?
· What is the atmosphere you want to create? Warm yellow lights are great for a softer ambiance and warm white lights can be a great alternative for less intimate atmosphere.
· Should you consider energy efficient lights? (for rooms that are more frequently used)
· Are you making a focal statement as to design? (with scale, shape or colour)
5. Light the Way
It would be a great investment to get directional floor level lightings in hallways, staircases and the bathroom to create a subtle warmth and guide, especially if you do not want to be blinded by harsh lighting during your bathroom breaks during the night.
6. Position your Lights Well
It is good to note that if you do not want to cast any shadows in a room, it will be best to place your lights below the fan level. The distance between down-lights should not be more than 5.5 feet for most effective lighting. This is based on a maximum of 10 feet of ceiling height.
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