Lighting is one of the most important design elements in your home and it sets the tone for each room. It has the power to make or break any interior scheme and overall feel and look. Lighting can turn a house into a home and allow the owner’s personality to shine through. Without an appropriate design and correct disbursement of good lighting, the impact of all the other well-thought out details, such as furnishings, architectural features, flooring and wall coverings will take a back seat and be lost.
To make the most out of any home, it’s important from the onset to get the lighting right. Although it can be overwhelming to decide which type to use, this article will help simplify it for you because with a little pre-planning, you can come up with a terrific lighting scheme to match and compliment your overall interior space.
Basically, there are only three types of interior lighting that can be used in a home in order to establish the feel of a space.
– Ambient lighting fills a room with bright light or a mellow glow.
– Task lighting focuses a beam of light on a work area.
– Accent lighting highlights art or an architectural feature.
The size of each room, its location in the house and the room type will be the determining factor for which types you need, but in general you will find that you will want at least two types to properly light any one room. Often, using added layers of light will do the trick to create the atmosphere you are trying to achieve and dramatically increase your home’s quality of light.
According to Lowe’s website lighting at a glance, here are their suggestions and recommendations:
Ambient Lighting or General Lighting is needed in every room. It provides a comfortable overall level of light. Ambient light sources are typically overhead lighting, and as a general rule it’s the best place to start when lighting a room.
Ambient light sources to consider for your lighting plan: ceiling fans, chandeliers, flush-mount/semi-flush-mount ceiling fixtures, pendants, recessed lighting, torchiere lamps, track lighting, vanity lighting and wall sconces.
Task Lighting is just that – lighting that allows you to perform a task. It supplies the intense, direct light needed for detailed work – reading, cooking, prep, applying make-up – in places like the kitchen, office and bath.
Task light sources to consider for your lighting plan: desk lamps, island or mini pendants, track lighting, under-cabinet lighting, vanity lighting and work lamps.
Accent Lighting allows you to spotlight interesting features in your home decor, such as a painting or a mantel. It also serves as a secondary light source to augment ambient lighting in a room. Ambient lighting mainly provides overhead lighting, and accent lighting helps fill in the rest of the room where ambient light can’t reach. Accent lighting sources to consider for your lighting plan: recessed lighting, track lighting and wall sconces.
And, don’t forget light bulbs. Things like color temperature, lumens and wattage all play a factor in your room’s quality of light. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescents (CFLs) help lower energy costs when compared to regular light bulbs. Both have a lower wattage but provide the same light output as higher wattage incandescent bulbs. LEDs are also cool when touched and won’t result in any minor burns. In general, look for a warm white color temperature for living rooms and bedrooms, bright white color temperature for kitchens and work spaces, and daylight color temperature for reading nooks and studies. For more information on light bulbs, check out Lowe’s Light Bulb Buying Guide.
If your still having a difficult time getting your interior lighting just the way you like it, please Contact UTS Home Renovations Company and speak to our professional home renovators about what we can do for you and your home.