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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Why Is Lighting Important For Your Home Sweet Home?

When many people renovate, they spend a lot of time thinking about paint colours, textures of bench top surfaces, tile designs and more. But none of these things will look as good as they can without good lighting. Having adequate illumination and lighting that is well positioned will maximize the impact of good design, especially when lighting is used to enhance highlights like paintings, plants and fine furnishings. Good lighting will also improve your outdoor area and help make an inviting space to share with friends. Security lighting is another important consideration helping to keep away unwanted thieves. You can’t beat natural light and skylights and windows should be used where possible. For inspirational use of design to create light check out this website .


Task Lighting
Task lighting, like its name suggests, is lighting that is placed to facilitate tasks around the home, things like preparing dinner and applying your makeup at the vanity. Task lighting is really important to maximise the utility of the functional areas in your home. It’s a good idea to add dimmer switches to task lights so that you can tone down the brightness when it’s not needed, like when you are enjoying a meal at the breakfast bar. Standing lamps can work well to provide task lighting to targeted areas, things like lamps on bedside tables for reading.

Lighting for Mood
Light makes us feel good. Homes with poor light can appear gloomy and even depressing. Having lots of light in your home will really lift the mood. While windows and skylights are wonderful, lighting is still needed for overcast days and also evenings. Light is invigorating, energising and uplifting. Make sure your home has plenty of it.
Colour
Lighting will have an effect on the colours in your home. Light that reflects from walls and other surfaces helps soften the colour of walls and fixtures.
 
Directional Lights
Lighting can be used to illuminate the whole room or can highlight certain elements or features of the room. Track lighting is a good example of this. Track lighting that is hung from the ceiling can be adjusted as required to the make the most of your room’s design highpoints, things like paintings or floral arrangements.
 
Space
Lighting creates the illusion of space. Natural lighting will always open up a room, but where this isn’t available you should carefully consider the use of artificial light to add the feeling of space. Dark rooms can look and feel cramped. Ceiling lights, wall lights and lamps can all be added to lighten up a room and make it feel more spacious.
 
Outdoor Lighting
Lights added to the garden can really enhance the area. Special focus lights on beautiful trees, water features or other highlights can be used to wonderful effect. If you have an outdoor cooking and eating area you will need to add some task lights as well as atmospheric lighting. Outdoor lighting can also be an important security measure. Installing lights that turn on in response to movement is a very effective deterrent to opportunistic thieves. Do you have any great lighting ideas? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

1 comment:

  1. This is a useful guide for what type of lighting I need in my new house. Thanks. I need some new mood lighting. Task lighting is necessary for my new office.

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