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Lighting Design for the Non-Designer

A lot of people are likely to claim that they know how to most effectively light their home, but a lot of people would be lying. Many don’t know the first thing about lighting design and implementation throughout the house. Don’t be part of this number! Read on to discover how you can make an enormous difference in how you and your guests see your interior.

Some Simple Lighting Design Tips

Lighting design can make all the difference in your home, depending on how (if at all) you utilize it. Each room can feature different fixtures in colors, styles, and intensities, depending on what kinds of things are done in that space.

One of the biggest changes to make is in the bulbs themselves, if you haven’t already. Many apartments come with harsh, florescent lights, for example, which can be easily switched out for softer models. Your home may be set up with incandescents, bulbs you’ve been using for decades, and now is as good a time as any to make the switch to LEDs.

Another consideration that is often overlooked are areas like landings, closets, laundry rooms, and other spaces where lighting is key. Sometimes it’s for safety, and sometimes it’s for convenience, but it’s always necessary. You can utilize this places in your house to feature interesting and unique fixtures, such as a chandelier or recessed lights.

Don’t forget to “layer” your lighting so that you cover each of the kinds needed in each area: ambient, task and accent. Ambient lighting is used to set the tone of the room, task lighting allows you to (you guessed it) carry out a specific task, and accent lighting highlights or accentuates something else in the room. Don’t forget about natural light which boost mood and improves health… along with just looking warm and inviting.

Make sure that you know which size and height (for fixtures) are the best fit for the room! If you get a very small chandelier for a massive entrance way, it may look a silly silly. Likewise,  a huge chandelier in a tiny kitchen can feel claustrophobic. You could consult a professional lighting designer, or you could just do a quick search online to find out which dimensions would look the best with the space you have.

Finally, try and match shades (lamp shades, that is) and “temperature” of your bulbs. Lamp shades are typically white or “cream” and shouldn’t really be mixed within one room. Lighting design also dictates that the temperatures match, with some bulbs appearing warmer or cooler depending on their type. Luckily, most now tell you what this is on the packaging.

In order to get some professional advice in how to best employ lighting design strategies in your home, get in touch with Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling.


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