7 Tips on How to Use Lighting to Set the Right Ambiance in Your Home

Lighting is one of the most underrated parts of the interior decor of a room. But by putting the right set of lights in a room, you can completely change the look of the room.

Here’s how you can decide on choosing the lights in your home:

Make the Best Use of Natural Light

Natural light — like sunlight can light up a room beautifully. You can design the lighting in your room, keeping in mind how much sunlight comes in through the windows, drapes, and blinds inside the house.

Keep in Mind What Mood You Want to Create

What sort of ambiance do you want to create in your room? If you want a cheerful, airy room, make sure there’s a lot of natural light from open windows in the daytime.  If you want a warm, cozy atmosphere where you want to unwind, then you can opt for low, mood lighting.  For a space like a kitchen, you can opt for spotlight lighting, which will put the area where you are working into focus.

Source the Light Fixtures and Wirings Smartly

Now that you’ve decided on the light fixtures, you need to source them smartly. What’s more important is that you source the electrical circuits and wires from a reliable source like a liquidator to avoid any short circuit or malfunction in your lighting.  You can maybe cut down on the cost of lighting fixtures, and opt for simple ones instead of more elaborate, decorative pieces, but you need to make sure your circuit breaker panels, and electrical wires are sourced from a reliable source.

Consider the Dimensions of the Room

If you don’t consider the dimensions of the room, the lighting can be a disaster as the lights can be too big or too tiny to be of any use to the room.  For example, if you are going for hanging lights, then measure the distance of the ceiling to the tabletops or furniture and then decide on the lights accordingly.

Consider the Uses of the Room

Consider the utility of the light before you choose the lighting based on the aesthetic factor. Kitchens and utility areas call for brighter lighting, along with spotlights for countertops and prep areas. Fixture lights mounted on mirrors work best for bathrooms, while family rooms require lighting for glare-free television viewing and reading.

The Aesthetics of the Lighting Match the Interior Style Theme

If you are doing up your living room space with a modern, futuristic theme, a chandelier as a light fixture will seem out of place. Modern, futuristic homes need modern lighting.  Lighting can also be used to fill empty spaces in the room. For example, you can fill up space above a stairwell with a light fixture. An empty corner in your living room can also be decorated with a beautiful lampshade.

Planning and Safety of Lighting Fixtures

Once you have taken into account which lights you want to place where in your room, plan out your lighting preferences at the same time you are planning the design of your room. Another important aspect of planning your lighting is to install the right safety equipment for load analysis in your home. This will make sure there is no short circuit in your home, and also any malfunction of your electrical devices and lighting fixtures are prevented.

Your contractor will recommend using GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) for bathrooms and kitchens. GFCI prevents short circuits in areas where electrical fixtures are exposed to moisture.  For lighting fixtures in your living room and bedroom, you can opt for single circuit breaker panels.

When you are planning your home renovation, it’s best to plan out all the minute aspects of it, including lights and circuit breaker panels, and budget for everything accordingly.

Author Bio:-

Jeson Pitt works with the marketing department of D&F Liquidators and regularly writes to share his knowledge while enlightening people about electrical products and solving their electrical dilemmas.

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Home Lighting

As you put together your home to make yourself more comfortable and at ease, sometimes nothing works.  You like the furniture, you like the accent pieces, you like the wall coverings, but it still doesn’t feel right.  The culprit may be lighting.

Lighting may the single most important feature in your home décor.  It should be pleasing to the eye, focus attention on key features of the room and avoid both harsh spotlights and dark shadows.  In this article we’ll talk about different kinds of home lighting.

General or ambient lighting refers to the overall level of light in the space and helps make the space comfortable and safe for use.  One option for ambient lighting is torchiere  lamps, which throw their light upwards, so it bounces off the ceiling and spreads throughout the room.   Another option is to install recessed lighting into the ceiling. Recessed fixtures fit into a “can” from 3” to 8” in diameter and are available in hundreds of styles.  Installation may require access through the attic to be able to drill holes in the ceiling for the cans.  Generally speaking, they’re easier to put into new construction than to retrofit.  If the housing will be contact with insulation, be sure it is rated “IC” for fire safety considerations.  There are a host of new florescent fixtures which save energy and the bulbs are available to simulate natural sunlight.

Task lighting is focused light.  Examples would include lighting focused on kitchen islands, under kitchen counters or at a desk.  Fixtures with halogen or xenon bulbs will give a warmer light than traditional florescent lights and are available in both low and line voltages.  A series of 5 watt bulbs spaced 6” apart should work if the lights are within 2 feet of the work surface.

A rule of thumb for accent lighting is that it should be four times brighter than the ambient light in a room.  Here the lighting is used to focus on an accent object or an area like a vase or a picture.  These lights are also available as halogens and the fixture should be able to swivel to give you more options as you want to change the room.  Accent lighting can add real drama to a room.

Wall washing is accent lighting that provides uniform illumination, for instance to show off a series of pictures on the wall.  Remember that some of the light will be reflected back into the room, increasing the overall ambient light. Wall grazing is using accent light to enhance the shadows to help bring additional texture to drapes, stone or brick.  Generally, the closer the ceiling mount is to where the ceiling meets the wall, the more shadows it creates.

Display lighting is the small, low voltage fixtures used inside cabinets to illuminate displays of keepsakes, ornaments or dinnerware. Again, lots of choices available including touch lights that are attached to the hinge, so you don’t have to open the cabinet to turn the lights on and off.  One nice touch is a baffle that conceals the bulbs and redirects the light.

And don’t forget to replace as many incandescent bulbs with compact florescent bulbs as you can.  They use substantially less energy and last from 6,000 to 15,000 hours (compared to 750 to 1000 hours for an incandescent).  As much, if not more, than any other home improvement, lighting comes in thousands of options.  Any good lighting store should have several displays set up so you can see how well they might work in your home.  As always, be sure you are buying from a reputable dealer and the lighting is UL or ETC listed.