How To Plan Your Home Lighting

Home lighting is a crucial part of interior design as it determines a home’s overall appearance. However, many people who are in the process of building a home or refurbishing an old one often get carried away by other aspects of the home and forget about the lighting. Well-placed lighting can change how you feel about your home, how you interact with it, and may even change your mood and health.

Planning Your Lighting
Proper lighting design is an art that involves a lot of skill and consideration. To give your home the best lighting, employ a lighting designer. He will create a lighting scheme that is environmental-friendly, affordable, and useful for your home. Lighting designers know how to strategically place lights to provide ample illumination.

If you’re building a new house, you may be tempted to hire an electrician to carry out the lighting work. While electricians are brilliant at mapping out basic lighting plans, they aren’t lighting experts and may install compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and halogen downlights in inappropriate areas of your home.

Creating Functional Lighting
Professional lighting designers know how to use lighting to create a desired effect. They also work out the energy that your lighting system will utilize and reduce it if necessary. A lighting designer ensures that the overall lighting compliments your home’s interior design. He considers what a specific room will be used for to figure out how much lighting will be required (task lighting). This helps him to ensure that proper lighting is installed in the specific room from the onset. A professional lighting expert understands that for areas like the bathroom, it is important to install lighting that makes a wet floor visible and also minimizes shadows on one’s face.

Aspects of Lighting Design
It is important to be informed about how lighting works as this helps you to create a design for your home that fits in with the lighting. Take time to familiarize yourself with the things that may affect your lighting scheme. Some of the things you should take into consideration include:

The size of a room
This helps you to determine the fittings and natural lighting you will require to ensure the room is well lit.

The Room’s Purpose
Consider the main activities that will be carried out in the room like sleeping, reading, and eating. These will help you to figure out the type of lighting to be implemented in the room.

The type of Lighting
Different lights have different purposes hence different situations require different globes.

Positioning of the Lights
The spacing of the lights, their arrangement and how they are placed (whether diffuse or directional) determines how your home’s entire lighting will be.

The Decoration
Your home’s décor can be emphasized or de-emphasized by the lighting. It is important to ensure that all the items and features of an area are well portrayed.

The Surfaces
Surfaces reflect light in different ways. Strategically placed lighting will ensure that items like the carpet and furniture reflect light in the best way possible.

Cost Efficient
A well planned lighting scheme can help reduce your energy consumption and you save a lot of money.

Your home lighting scheme is one of its major features. Consider the different options available before settling on a lighting scheme. This will help you to choose a lighting plan that best compliments your home.

Joe works for PR Power in Perth Australia, a supplier of lighting towers for hire.

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