Motherhood Stuffs: Interior Lighting 101: Best Lights For Your Rooms

Friday, October 17, 2014

Interior Lighting 101: Best Lights For Your Rooms

Unless you’ve eaten a lot of carrots to get a perfect night vision, the lighting in your new home or renovation will be an important element to consider. There’s a wide range of lighting options available, so it can be difficult to determine which solution looks great and suits the needs of the space.

When comparing lighting options, it’s a great idea to see the options in context. Many lighting suppliers like Vinci Living have stylish showrooms that demonstrate their entire range in action, making it much easier to determine which products are right for your home. This article provides a general overview of the range of lights available and which rooms they're suited to so you’re better prepared for your trip to the showroom.

Good lighting is really important in the kitchen. You don’t want to risk the tips of your fingers by slicing and dicing in the dark. Consider the layout of your kitchen. If you do most of your preparation on an island in the middle of the kitchen, an oyster light in the center of the room might be a good option. If you’re working on benches around the perimeter, though a centered oyster light will just cast your shadow over the work area, illuminating everything but what you’re working on. With perimeter benches, use banks of downlights or pendant lights directly above the workspaces.

Dining Areas
The majority of entertaining takes place in the dining room, with friends and family gathering around the table for sumptuous meals and stimulating conversation. Dining areas are great rooms to make a statement, so consider installing an attention-demanding chandelier. There are a wide variety of styles available, from modern revisions of the traditional cluster of crystals to modish, geometric designs in wood or concrete. Don’t be put off if you have low ceilings; most modern chandeliers are designed with adjustable hanging lengths.

Living Areas
Take some time to consider the sort of activities that you and your family perform in your living room. If you’re a big reader, you’ll need bright, even lighting so you don’t stress your eyes. Brightness probably aren’t as important if you spend a lot of time watching movies or television in cinema-like darkness. For ultimate flexibility, use a range of spotlights and downlights connected to a dimming system. Alternatively, use downlights and spotlights for high levels of light and rely on one or two strategically placed lamps for moodier illumination.

Do you want a bright light shining straight down into your eyes when you lie in your bed? That’s hardly relaxing. In the bedroom, use an array of wall lights or multi-directional spotlights that illuminate the room by bouncing light off the walls. These lights will diffuse enough light for reading, applying makeup and selecting outfits, without burning holes in the back of your retina when you’re lying on the bed.

Most lighting designers use two lighting options in the bathroom. A fluorescent or LED oyster light in the center of the bathroom is adequate for general purposes. It’s also important to include brighter, more focused lighting solution like spotlights or downlights directly above the mirror so you can clearly see every pore and every hair when grooming! 

To get the best outcome when designing the lighting in your home, you’re likely going to use a mix of oyster lights, downlights, spotlights, pendants, wall lights, chandeliers and lamps. Consider the function of each room to determine which option or combination of options will provide the best results.

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