Lighting has a big impact on how you experience a room. It can be tricky choosing between bright or dim lights, hanging, or wall lights. The right lighting fits your home’s aesthetic and reflects your personality while providing the right (and practical) function. Continue reading for help on figuring out where to start when it comes to lighting your home (and how to make sure you’re not over-paying for your electricity).
Know what your lighting options are.
There are three different types of lighting to choose from: ambient, task, and accent lighting.
Ambient lighting, or general lighting, is the primary light source in a room. Recessed lighting, track lighting, and wall-mounted fixtures are all examples of ambient lighting. The building contractor usually decides how much ambient lighting to include in a house.
Accent lighting is decorative lighting that highlights a room’s focal point(s). Picture lights, track lighting, and wall-mounted fixtures with dimmers can be used to make artwork or architectural details stand out. Chandeliers, sconces, and lamps can be used as simple or luxurious accent lighting.
Task lighting adds function to a room. Desk lamps and pendants lights are used to brighten a small area to make activities like reading or applying makeup easier.
A well-lit room will ideally include all three of these lighting options as lighting works best in layers.
Let the room dictate the layout.
Deciding how and where to place your chosen lighting options is tricky. As a rule of thumb, you should let the room dictate the lighting layout. Use a dramatic hanging light in the entryway and supplement it with a table or floor lamp. Track or recessed lighting is ideal throughout a living room and can be enhanced with floor or table lamps. A large pendant light or chandelier works well in the dining room.
The kitchen requires the most lighting due to how functional and high-trafficked the room is. You’ll want recessed lighting, overhead pendants over focal areas, and under-cabinet task lighting. Overhead lighting and table lamps will be sufficient in the bedroom, whereas recessed lighting and task lights are ideal in the bathroom.
Get to know your light bulbs.
Get to know your light bulbs and understand how bulbs make a difference in the look and feel of a room. Incandescent bulbs provide warm light in interior rooms and have a sun-like feel. Halogen bulbs consume a lot of energy to provide warm light and get hot to the touch, but they last more hours than incandescent bulbs. Energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs provide a cool light ideal for areas that don’t need task or mood lighting. These bulbs are delayed when coming on and the color rendering isn’t the best. The expense of LED bulbs is off-set by their energy savings and long life, and they make colors look great.
Living in a place that doesn’t see much sunlight can easily impact your mood, which is why the right lighting at home is important. Lumiram Chromalux full spectrum light bulbs are designed to simulate natural sunlight to help make homes brighter, colors more vibrant, and enhance spaces and well-being. HealthLighting is your online go-to for Chromalux light including incandescent bulbs, LED par lamps, fluorescent tubes, and reflectors. Make the switch to Chromalux and feel the natural difference in your home lighting.
Understand the cost of lighting.
When it comes to choosing the right lighting for your home, know your lighting options, understand how bulbs can affect energy costs, and let the room speak for itself.