Light fixtures are an essential part of the interior design of a room, not just for their aesthetic value but how much light they bring into the room and the ambiance they provide. This is why it is best to buy from name brands such as Tech Lighting from Lumens and other trusted retailers. Here are some more tips professionals use to choose and place the best light fixtures which will lighten up your home:
- Make a Decision Early On
It is easy to make lighting an afterthought when designing or decorating a room but its importance cannot be emphasized enough. Poor lighting can make an otherwise lovely living space appear dull and lifeless, make your home less welcoming, and put off potential buyers. Whether you are still building your home or just redecorating, make lighting one of your first considerations so you can make it work with the rest of the room’s features without struggling to make it work afterwards.
- Look Into Different Types of Lighting
Strange as it seems, there is no one type of light fixture. A hanging chandelier will bring a very different amount and type of light than a wall sconce, for example. There are different types of lighting for different purposes and each room in your house will have unique requirements. Even the light bulbs you buy will be dependent on this and the wrong type could ruin the look of a room. The three main types are task lighting for increased illumination, ambient lighting to set a mood, and accent lighting to make a space look better. Many rooms will require a combination of all three, which is known in the industry as ‘layering’. Define which type you require in each room so you can decide which types of lighting to buy for each individual room.
Different rooms will have different lighting needs depending on their location, size, intended use, and the amount of natural light received. For instance, Homedit suggests using lots of warm lighting in your entry way to make your home look inviting and to accent any artwork. Kitchens and home offices on the other hand require overhead lights to draw attention to certain areas such as the sink or stove which will be used most frequently and reduce eye strain while working.
- Energy Efficiency
Low wattage and energy efficient bulbs and light fixtures have taken over the marketplace as more and more consumers are realizing the importance of making their lighting eco-efficient. As something you will be using more than any other electrical device, it is more important than ever to ensure your light fixtures are energy efficient. Most come as standard this way but it is always best to check, especially if you are buying used items. Make sure also to use energy saving light bulbs and only keep your lights switched on when you need them.
As an electrical component, care and attention needs to be given when choosing light fixtures, particularly if you have children or animals in the house. It is a good idea to use a pull switch rather than a wall mounted light switch not only in the bathroom but in the hallway adjacent to the bathroom, as your hands may still be wet after leaving the bathroom and there is still a risk of electric shock. You will also need good outdoor lighting to prevent any accidents during the night and keep intruders away.
- Increase Lighting Where you Want People to Congregate
We don’t think about it consciously but studies do suggest that humans naturally gather where there is more light, an evolutionary throwback to prehistoric times when we needed to gather around fires to survive, almost as if we are moths being attracted to flames. You can use this to your advantage when putting together the lighting plan of your home. If you want to make the living room the primary point of the house then increase lighting in this room. Or you could make the kitchen nice and bright so people will be drawn there and can be talked into helping you out with the cooking.
As you can see, there is a lot to think about when deciding upon the right light fixtures for your home, but the end result is that you will have lights which perfectly match your home and the mood you wish each room to give off. Consult with an interior designer or lighting expert and see what is available online to find lighting which is perfect for your home.