Lighting solutions for every room in your home
Lighting for every room in your house
It’s probably the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning or the last thing you do before you go to bed at night. The simple act of flicking a light switch on or off. But how much thought have you given to the type of lighting in your home? For many people it doesn’t go beyond a simple fluorescent bulb. But the type of lighting and lighting fixtures in your home can drastically alter the mood and appearance of each room.
Lighting, of course, will always serve its intended purpose to illuminate a room. But it can do much more. From different tones or colours of light to the different styles of fixtures, you have a wide variety of options from which to choose. Hopefully, with a little help from TriniHelper, you can narrow down your options and select the best lighting for each room in your home.
The first task is to know what each room is going to be used for. You wouldn’t want to use the same lighting in your gallery as you would in your bedroom. So figure out the purpose of each room. Where do you tend to eat or study or sleep?
Let’s start with the bedroom. Like any room, bedrooms need general lighting. You need enough light to make your way around the room while still keeping the mood warm and relaxing. Wall lights can do the trick and can be complemented with hanging pendants or table lamps on either side of your bed for night-time reading. It is recommended that a dimmer be installed so you can set the brightness of the lights in your bedroom to suit your needs.
When it comes to kitchens, people tend to use too many down-lights. But it is recommended to light the work spaces in your kitchen such as islands and countertops. A pendant situated over your dining table or island will give your kitchen a modern look. Also make use of natural light. Most homes have their kitchen sinks placed near a window to take advantage of that natural light and this is still a highly recommended layout.
Depending on the size of your kitchen, you can install cove lighting alone opposite walls to provide ambient light that bounces off the ceiling.
For a home office or study area, not only will you need good room lighting, but also a desk lamp or floor lamp near your work space. This is called “task lighting” as it is used for a specific task.
For your living room or sitting room, it’s good to have a mixture of wall lights and lamps to keep your ceiling completely free. If there are cabinets in the room, you may even consider cabinet lighting for a modern touch. Floor lights are a lesser known option but these can create an accent wall in your living room by placing on the floor to illuminate one particular wall that may contain a piece of artwork you want to showcase. Proper accent lighting however requires skilled professionals to avoid glare and damage to your artwork.
Lighting in bathrooms is often overlooked. This is one area that needs careful consideration given that most of your grooming and daily preparation most likely takes place here. Your mirror is one place you will want to keep well-lit so installing lights on both sides of your mirror as well as a wall mounted fixture will ensure that you not only have a well-lit space for grooming, but it will eliminate shadows.
Hallways are where you can get a bit more creative as people rarely use these areas for any regular activity. However, be sure to use warm colour temperature bulbs rather than cool colour temperature bulbs that can make things appear pale and washed out.
For outdoors, people tend to use super bright lights as outdoor lighting also serves as a safety and security feature. But super bright lights in one area means there will be dark spots and this can pose even more danger. So have low levels of lighting around your home that is bright enough to wash over the area but not blindingly bright. Lights around the front door of your home is also recommended.
Now that we know what types of lights are best for each room, let’s talk about fixtures.
One of the most popular fixtures is the chandelier. This fixture has been popular since the 1800’s and remain one of the most elegant lighting fixtures for modern homes. Chandeliers can fit perfectly in your living room, not only to provide light but as a decorative centerpiece or focal point. You can install this with dimmer switches to control the level of light in the room. However, be careful to install your chandelier at the right height, high enough to avoid bumping your head into, but low enough so the light will wash over the whole room.
An alternative to a chandelier is fan lighting. It can have the same decorative effect of a chandelier but is attached to a ceiling fan helping you cool and illuminate your room at the same time.
Floor lamps are a secondary form of lighting that act to provide concentrated lighting in a particular part of a room. Like chandeliers, they not only function as light sources but as decoration for your room as there is a wide variety of designs to choose from ranging from vintage to modern.
Like floor lamps, table lamps and desk lamps provide a secondary form of lighting in a room. You may want a table lamp near your bed for night time reading, or on a desk for working or studying.
Recessed lighting is another popular and modern type of lighting where the light fits into a “recess” in the ceiling. This can be installed in any room but is most popular in living rooms and kitchens.
Wall sconces are a unique way to add decoration to your walls while bathing your room in a soft light. These are popular in living rooms or used to highlight mirrors in bathrooms and other areas.
We also mentioned natural light which many people take for granted when installing lighting in their homes. Natural light can come from a window, or even from a skylight in the ceiling and is an energy efficient way to illuminate your room during the daytime. You can install large French windows to ensure a flow of natural sunlight into your room.
We talked about pendant lights, well these are basically hanging lights that are suspended from the ceiling to highlight a particular area, like the island in a kitchen or dining room table. These come in all sizes, shapes and designs.
There really is no limit to the type or design of lighting you can install in your home and there are options to suit every budget or style. Hopefully TriniHelper can help you in making that choice, request a quote from one of our Electricians at www.trinihelper.com/quotations or call us on 322-7520.