The right lighting can give your home a completely new and creative look. But when it comes to home lighting design, many of us view light fixtures as decorative touches rather than vital components of a room. Lighting doesn’t have to be the first thing on your design checklist, but it shouldn’t come last either. Your decisions affect both the functionality and ambiance of a space, from lavish chandeliers to understated accent lights. To do this properly, a thorough study must be done before making any judgments about your home’s lighting design, and you must be clear about the goals of each fixture and lamp you choose. We’ve gathered six of the best home lighting suggestions in one place to help take some of the guesswork out of the process. Find out everything you need to know about the basics of choosing lighting that suits your area and provides you with maximum utility and functionality by reading.
Consider different types of lamps
There are four main and most common options for choosing lamps:
Light Emitting Diode (LED)
It generates strong light, does not produce heat, and is one of the most energy efficient types of light bulbs. It works well in hard-to-reach areas and has a long life (up to 50,000 hours). Also, LED lights are ideal for large areas outside your home, such as swimming pools, baseball fields, tennis courts, etc. They are excellent for task lighting since they cast directed light. Some lighting fixtures are referred to as “built-in LED” because they have LEDs built into them.
These are the most common and least expensive types of lamps. They emit a warm light, work with dimmers, and often last up to a year. In addition, they are less energy efficient than other types of light bulbs.
Compact fluorescent (CFL)
Depending on which model you select, these energy saving lamps may produce a variety of colors. Often times, it takes a while for it to heat up and get brighter. Use it to illuminate places with a large area, such as basements, large rooms, and kitchens. Because these lamps contain mercury, they should be handled with care. It may be recycled once it burns out.
These lights provide a white light that looks like sunlight in the middle of the day. They are excellent for downlights, pendant lights, and cabinet lighting because they are dimmable and energy efficient. The life of this lamp is the shortest than the other three. They should be kept away from things that may catch fire, as they heat up quickly. In addition, we recommend that you wear gloves when changing the bulb because the oil on your hands can cause the bulb to explode if it gets too hot.
Find a focal point for lighting
Chandeliers, lamps, and sconces in your home do not have to be the same size. Otherwise, the eye wanders aimlessly while searching for visual clarity. A chandelier is a great focal point for a large room, such as a dining room or family room. Consider a floor lamp or wall sconce with an antique feel for a space on a smaller scale.
The key to effective home lighting is creativity and thinking outside the box. Only a small part of the lighting consists of portable lights and overhead fixtures. Accent lighting and efficient task lighting can bring a unique touch and stunning brightness to your home. Some of our favorite creative lighting solutions include hanging a bedside chandelier or decorating bookcases with small lights to highlight decorative items like artwork.
Switch to energy-saving lamps
Designing your home to be energy efficient is essential, and fortunately, it’s easy to adapt to just about any fixture. When possible, stick to LEDs because they have a much longer life than other types of bulbs. Consider paying a little more up front for bulbs that last longer in order to save money later by switching to more energy efficient lighting.
It is essential to think in layers when it comes to lighting. For the most aesthetically pleasing balance, aim for at least three light sources in each location, including the bathroom or entryway. Low-power bulbs can be used to light small spaces. Don’t ignore the highlight layer, though, as it serves as a visual reminder of the extra work you’re doing to complete your rooms. Always keep your wall decor in mind while arranging the different types of lighting for installation.
Heat lamps for bathrooms
Heat lamps are an excellent way to keep your bathroom warm while also lighting it and creating a cozy atmosphere. This is ideal because, during the winter, bathrooms are among the coldest rooms in the house. You want a comfortable and warm bathroom environment, whether you wake up in the morning or take a shower before bed. Heating lamps in the bathroom provide both light and instant heat.
Lighting the house is not difficult, but mastering it can take some time. Start small and add more gradually as you identify the areas of your home that lack light and those that will have the greatest impact.