When it comes to properly lighting different rooms in your home, you might be uncertain about which factors to consider. In our prior blog, we reviewed the three different types of lighting to help you better understand the purpose of various light fixtures. In addition to weighing your options between task, accent, and ambient lighting needs, there are a few other important factors to take into consideration when you are shopping for interior lighting. In today’s post, we’ll review a few lighting design factors that are important to take into consideration as you begin your project.
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Room Size and Function
A room’s square footage and its function are vital considerations for home lighting. For example, kitchens typically rely heavily on a combination of pendant, flush, and semi-flush lighting to provide enough ambient light to illuminate the space and strategically placed task lighting to see the details of food prep. On the other hand, living rooms usually benefit from chandeliers and sconces because these rooms are usually larger and used more often for relaxation and conversation.
Type of Fixtures and Bulbs
While you are considering the size of the room and its intended function, it is also important to think about what type of feeling you would like for the lighting to convey to your family and guests. Choosing the right fixtures and the appropriate bulbs is an easy way to add some style and diversity to your space. For example, when shopping for bathroom vanity lights, you can choose a standard frosted three-light wall fixture for a simple, understated look, or you can choose a more decorative seashell glass vanity fixture to add a touch of stylish elegance to the space.
As you consider what types of bulbs to use in your indoor lighting, the energy efficiency of each type is important to consider. Remember, the more bulbs you have in a room, the more energy you will use. Although it might seem like a challenging task to strike the right balance between proper illumination and reasonable energy costs, it doesn’t have to be. Compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs have revolutionized energy-efficient lighting in recent years, allowing you to reap the benefits of ample lighting for a fraction of the energy costs that come with traditional bulbs.
Lighting controls are also important to think about when planning your lighting design project. If you’re lighting a utilitarian space like a laundry room or closet, a simple push button or toggle light switch is likely to suit your needs. However, when you are lighting a space like a dining room or study, you may need a switch that allows you to control the intensity of light for various activities. In this case, a dimmer switch may be most beneficial, allowing you to customize the room’s brightness to suit your purposes for the task at hand.
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