Factors to consider for the best functional lighting at home
May 18, 2019 9:39:13 PM EDT
It may look like an easy job to choose lighting fixtures for your home. These lighting fixtures you pick may be a decorative pendant or a chandelier that you feel may go with the rest of your space. Architectural and functional lighting is very difficult to choose on your own.
Professional designers and interior designers look at lighting as the one of the most important factors in making personal space comfortable and beautiful. Never underestimate your judgments to create your own custom lighting for your house but you need a plan and need to do some research about the kind of lighting that will suit your house.
What is the space or room for?
Every room in your house has a different purpose. While the living room needs general lighting, your bedroom may need general lighting and other types of lighting to make you focus on what you are doing. A hot tub in the bathroom may need a decorative water proof LED fixture but the table near your bed may need mood lighting that is dimmable and rated for damp locations. If you look at the sofa as a reading space, place it near the right light.
What do really want your lighting to do?
There are three types of lighting which are general lighting, ambient lighting, and task lighting. A great lighting plan includes all the three types of lighting. You can get good general lighting from chandelier, ceiling lights, and decorative pendants and task lighting from table lamps and adjustable arm lamps for specific tasks in a room. For reading purposes, LED table lamps are popular. Dimmers are used for areas that don’t need much light such as a meditation room or a balcony.
How much light do you need in the room?
Start of the state of the art LEDs that are manufactured today use less power and produce the same amount of light and brightness. Brightness in incandescent bulbs used to be measured in watts but now incandescent bulbs and LEDs is measured in lumens.
Good lighting adds to the beauty of a room. Just putting a tube light and a table lamp here and there doesn’t mean that your room or home is going to be brighter and illuminated. You may be wasting a lot of electricity by buying and placing a lot of lights.
- 10 x 10 foot living area requires 200 lumens
- A 6 x 3-foot dining table requires 540 lumens
- Desk lighting requires 50 to 75 lumens per square foot
- Tables and raised surfaces need 30 lumens per square foot
- Floors need 20 lumens per square foot
Colour is critical to lighting in rooms
We see two kinds of colours in bulbs in the market i.e. yellow and white/blue. Yellow lights are meant for bringing for warm colours in the room. Yellow lights enhance browns, oranges, and yellow and make the room get a cozy feel. White lights are bright and bring us closer to daylights. These lights are cool lights and are good for reading, computer work, and doing important tasks. A higher number on the kelvin scale is cooler while a lower number is warmer. 2700k to 3500k is recommended for living rooms and bedrooms. 4000 to 4500k is recommended for kitchens.
Innovation and design
The best lighting fixtures with integrated LED light sources are the best options which have the best benefits and features. LEDs look different from incandescent light bulbs and are tinier and cooler and more long-lasting too. Global LED lighting is expected to value at 108 billion in five years. Though incandescent lights are used by many households, they don’t have the benefits that LEDs possess.
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