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A Guide to Home Lighting

October 25, 2017

Lighting is a visual art for your homes.

It can build the feel of love, warmth, and comfort besides serving its functional purposes.

Your family and friends will easily feel at home if you have a cozy interior lighting. However, effective and efficient residential lighting requires a combination of artistic and scientific skills.

Let’s take a look at few of the aspects of each room

Living Room – Adequate illumination in the living room and study room is important to avoid eye strain. Use a combination of table lamps and floor lamps and wall fixtures, some with a downward glow and some that shine upward.

Allow for reading in as many seats as possible. Focus some wall lights on art/paintings.

Dining Room – Make the dining table a masterpiece with proper lighting. Use a chandelier or a pendant above the table. Give the space a subtle glow with a pair of small table lamps on a sideboard or matching sconces on the wall above.

Kitchen – A place that needs adequate lighting. Focus on overhead lighting, and add lower sources to illuminate work surfaces.

Bedroom – In case you have a separate study room, keep lighting to a minimum in bedrooms. Dim lights will work just fine. Have night lamps on either side of the bed or dorn your headrest areas with dim lights from the wall or ceiling.

Have a separate table for study and use a table lamp for proper reading light.

Bathroom – Place for your grooming needs task lights which can minimise shadows and help you focus better.

Balance – One must consider the available natural light when selecting artificial lighting methods to balance the functional and aesthetic factors of home lighting.

Materials – Lighting options are available in a variety of materials, different budgets, from traditional to contemporary styles. Fixtures crafted in metals, glass, crystals, bamboo, and fiber are widely available in the market.

Floor lamps, wall attachments, ceiling lamps, spotlights, chandeliers and light strips, are just a few to name.

Lighting tips

  • The main lighting source should be bright. Use LED lights of relevant wattage to give a comfortable feeling and to save cost.
  • Consider the ceiling height, before hanging a chandelier. It should be mounted at least seven to eight feet above the floor.
  • On a workstation, no shadow falls on the working area. Place the lamp at a correct angle for maximum optimisation.
  • In the living room and bedrooms, a side table with a lamp adds to the charm and is also useful as a reading light.
  • Lamps and switches in the bedroom need to be placed at a convenient distance from the bed, making it easy to operate.
  • Follow a theme (wood, design, pattern) while choosing light fixtures – this ensures that it complements the overall theme of the house and furniture design.
  • Choose low maintenance fixtures for which spares and accessories are easily available in future, for replacement.
  • Children’s room should be always bright. Use ceiling and wall mount lights and fixtures for better safety.
  • Always have extra plug points for lights. During festivals and special occasions, you might want extra lighting and fixtures temporarily.
  • Multiple lightings format help enhance the visual appeal of a space by adding focus and depth.

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