Lighting Solutions For The Home*
How to Find the Perfect Lighting for Every Room
Lighting is an important aspect of decorating your home. It creates atmosphere and ambience. Every room should have different layers of lighting to perform different tasks. When you’re renovating, the lighting should be one of the first things that you think about. You also have a big decision to make – LED or halogen bulbs? Whatever your choice is, you should make sure you use professional lighting suppliers. Here is a breakdown of the ideal types of lighting for every room.
The chances are that you spend a lot of time in your living room/family room. It’s your space to enjoy each other’s company, watch TV, read or play games. In such a room, you don’t want the lighting to be too harsh, so use plenty of ambient lighting that bounces off the ceiling. Floor lamps, wall sconces and innovative LED strips behind bookcases and televisions work well. If you have to have ceiling lighting, invest in dimmable switches so that you can easily create ambience. You can use task lighting in your living room with a table lamp in an area where you might read or play a game. You can use accent lighting to highlight interesting fixtures or areas, like artwork on the walls.
A mixture of task and ambient lighting works well in the kitchen, as it so often doubles into a space where you not only cook but you also gather with friends and family. Sinks are usually placed by windows so that you can make the most of natural lighting, and you should place a ceiling light or recessed light above it. For work surfaces, undercabinet lighting works well and won’t cast any shadows on the person who is working at the counter. Usually, the best plan for kitchen lighting is to have a ceiling fixture which will provide ambience, task lighting like undercabinet lights and then hanging pendant lights over the island.
A common mistake made with bathroom lighting is to install a central lighting fixture that can cast shadows on a person who is using the mirror. If you can, you should place lighting on both sides of the mirror. If your bathroom is small and you have to choose between a ceiling fixture or a wall-mounted fixture, always go with the latter to avoid shadows.
Dimmable switches are ideal for the dining room as you can switch them up to full task lighting whilst you’re eating, and then down to ambient lighting when you are using the space to entertain. The best structure for lighting in a dining room is to go for a chandelier or pendant lighting above the table and some wall sconces, all controlled by a dimmable switch.
Outdoor lighting can look beautiful when it’s done properly, it doesn’t just have to be about safety. You may want to invest more in this area by using high quality fixtures that are weatherproof. If you have a decking area, recessed decking lights are very durable and work well. Don’t use too much lighting – think of lighting something close to the house, something in the middle and something in a corner to create different focal points.
You don’t usually need ceiling lights in a bedroom. A traditional layout is generally made up of floor lamps, table lamps and wall-mounted fixtures. Above the bed, wall-mounted adjustable lights work well so that you can focus the light on whatever you’re reading. Ambient lighting such as wall sconces is ideal in the bedroom, as you want a relaxing atmosphere and ceiling lighting can look harsh. For your wardrobe, consider installing lights within the wardrobe so that you don’t have to use an overhead light to see.
Hallway and Stairs
For the entrance to your home, you should only need ambient lighting. Small hallways may be served well by just one ceiling fixture, or a hallway with a staircase looks good with a chandelier. If you have artwork on the walls of your hallway that you wish to accentuate, use accent lighting, such as ceiling track lights.
The main thing to remember when you are designing lighting in your home is that there are several different types of lighting. There is natural light, which comes from outside and can be enhanced by using mirrors, pale carpets and other surfaces that can reflect. Ambient lighting is used to replace daylight and can be flat if you rely on it too much. Accent lights can add depth and shade, highlighting architectural features or your belongings. Lastly, task lighting is used when you need to perform a specific task such as cooking, reading or working at a computer.
*This post was written in collaboration with Light Supplier