When creating a beautiful, bright and elegant home, lighting is the most critical factor. The best-decorated room in the house will be rendered ineffective by poor lighting or unpleasantly bright illumination (such as that found in a hospital or dental office).
Even if you don’t have the resources to renovate a space from top to bottom, the appropriate lighting can make a significant difference. Creating the right mood and atmosphere in a living area is as crucial as getting the right lights.
We will share some tips and tricks for in-home lighting, an underappreciated (yet most vital) aspect of good design.
The use of light-emitting ceiling fans
Most ceiling fans come either with a built-in light, or a light kit that can be used to install a light to the center of the fan. Because they’re usually placed in the center of the room where you’d install a flush-mount light anyway, they can double their use as built-in ambient lighting for any room. If you’re having movie night at your house, this should create the right atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.
Keep in mind, that even though ceiling fans can be used to provide basic ambient light, they may not provide sufficient task lighting and will likely need to be supplemented by additional fixtures.
An added bonus of this is that a ceiling fan can actually add to the value of your home, because it offers added functionality in the same footprint as a basic lighting fixture.
Lighting Fixtures installed within a wall or ceiling
Installed in the ceiling, recessed lights (also known as downlights) are prevalent. They’re popular because they’re small and only require a few bulbs to light an entire room.
Table Lamps & Floor Lamps
It’s best to use table lamps and floor lamps if you have a large living area or in a bedroom that needs more lighting in one location (like your reading zone). Additionally, lamps will help you save money on your monthly electricity cost by bouncing light off the ceiling and the wall.
In-Ceiling Light Fixtures
The ceiling-mounted light fixtures are known as pendant lights. In kitchens with an island or breakfast bar, pendant lights are a great way to bring a unique touch of light to the room.
Whether traditional or contemporary, Chandelier pendants instantly elevate the decor of any space. Install your chandelier in the dining room instead of the living room if you want to display it. It’s a good idea to keep chandeliers at least 30 – 35 inches away from the table surface when installing them.
If Dimmer Lights are available, use them
Consider using dimming technology when you install your lighting. It is instrumental in the kitchen or living room, where the overhead lighting needs to be adjusted more often.
There are numerous advantages of installing dimmer lights. They can increase productivity, reduce energy consumption, save money, and it allows you to tailor the space to your specific needs. Think how nice it would be if you could dim the lights while watching a movie or brighten them while in the kitchen preparing dinner.
With the addition of shaded table lamps, you may add a layer of soft lighting to the room. Avoid fluorescent lighting, which can give off a gloomy, almost grey vibe to a room. A halogen or incandescent lamp’s softer light is considerably more welcoming in the winter. If all lamps are dimmed simultaneously on the same circuit, the room will have a great, homey atmosphere. Using 5-amp floor boxes buried under sofas is a great option to conceal any leftover wires.
There are several types of lighting that can be utilized throughout your home. From desk lights, to lamps in the bedroom and living room, as well as floor lights in the sitting room corners. We need lights above the mirror in our bathrooms where we shave and apply cosmetics, and above kitchen countertops or kitchen islands where we prepare food.
Hopefully, we have compiled some useful tips and tricks for your in-home lighting design.