10 tips on how to properly light your rooms
A beautiful home contributes in large parts to your personal satisfaction. By using skilful lighting, you can improve the mood and character of your rooms and create a comfortable ambiance. Each area of your house has a personality of its own and deserves individual lighting. Two in one: this lamp provides atmospheric indirect light upwards and direct zone light downwards. Natural light provides a bright and lively atmosphere in your home during the day. The combination of the bright light of the sun and the soft light of the sky is seen as beneficial and can sometimes inspire the nightly illumination of your home. While daylight relies on openings in walls and roofs, you can get more creative with artificial light. It opens possibilities that go far beyond what is restricted by structural conditions. At the beginning of your considerations you should therefore ask yourself: how much light and what kind of light is needed when and where? Once you have found an answer to that question, you can begin to pick out the right light fixtures. The choice of lighting should be inspired by the purpose of lighting and not vice versa.
1 The front of your home and the entrance - how to make it inviting The light at the entrance, the lighted garden or the illuminated outside walls act as a nightly business card of your home. Not only will you and your visitors find the entrance more easily, but it will also discourage uninvited guests. And a clearly readable house number may be important in cases of emergency. Generate a positive reception foyer and you will benefit from a bright entrance every day - if just to find the house keys in your purse. If your house has an awning, down lights might be a good option, otherwise wall lights come in handy. Longer paths to the entrance can be illuminated by in-ground lights.
2 Stairs and hallway - security all the way In hallways a medium basic brightness is recommended, which can be combined with an interesting zone light. You can create an inviting atmosphere for long hallways without windows by illuminating furniture or pictures. And narrow or low hallways can be enlarged visually through the illumination of walls or ceilings. Wall or ceiling floodlights, whose beam goes out to the side or upwards, would be the right choice in this case. Lights on the upper landing or step lights, that shed light on every step, are suitable for staircase lighting. LED wall lights above the steps can be kept on even at night due to their low energy consumption. This will help children and guests to navigate without problems.
3 Living room and reading area - the secret lies in the mix In no other room as many different things take place as in the living room. Here you read, celebrate, play and relax. Therefore, variable lighting is recommended. Place - as recommended for all rooms - multiple light sources throughout the room. You can create a pleasant atmosphere by distinguishing different light zones for reading, working or relaxing. The illumination of individual room units should be combined with indirect ambient light that can be dimmed. Radiant ceiling floodlights in form of wall or floor lamps are ideal. Discreet down lights can be planed for new construction, which can be fully recessed in the ceiling. For relaxing hours on the couch you can create a soft, diffuse ambient lighting, brightened by individual spots focusing on objects you want to point out. For reading you can switch to floor lamps that emit directed and bright light. Pleasant reading light is always a combination of indirect lighting and bright focused reading light. If you watch TV, the wall behind the screen should be dipped in a soft light of low brightness, to avoid eyestrain due to excessive contrasts. And during parties you can use the entire bandwidth of your lighting options at different times.
4 Dining table - enjoyable eating experience The dining table is often not only the place where you take your meals, where you meet with your family and friends, but where you also play, have discussions or even work. Therefore, the selection of the correct lighting is particularly important. The table should be the center, while the surrounding areas should be illuminated with pleasant background light. This way they remain noticeable, but don't become dominant. If your dining table is in the living room, you can visually disconnect the dining area from the rest of the room by turning the light in the surrounding areas down. This also applies when your dining table is in the kitchen. You should select central glare-free light above the table.
A good example of light at the dining room table: This pendant lights will not blind you and create a pleasant light. Spotlights provide bright light in work areas. However, it should be bright enough so that you can see what is on your plate. It would be beneficial if you can dim your light fixture. Asymmetrical arrangements of lamps are rather unfavorable when it comes to dining tables. Therefore, pendants are usually better than recessed lights, because they are more flexible in case you get a new table or change the position of the table. In order to have an enjoyable dining experience, you should choose light fixtures with good color rendition. The lamps should have an RA value of at least 90. You will achieve the best color reproduction with halogen lamps or high-quality LED's.
5 Kitchen - prepare and cook your food with the right light If your kitchen is not only a place to work, but also a place where your family and friends meet for a relaxing drink before dinner, you need a lighting system that can be adjusted to different situations quickly and easily. In any case you need a powerful lighting system which ensures adequate basic brightness in the room. Ceiling lights or down lights are ideal for kitchens. The brightness can be adjusted to different situations by using a dimmer. Especially if you have an eat-in-kitchen you will appreciate great brightness while preparing a meal and softer light during dinner. For stove and counter tops you need bright and glare-free light with an illuminance level of 500 lux when preparing food, cooking and when working with sharp knives. The light source should not be covered by your upper body, because that would create annoying shadows. Lights in the hood of your stove or on the underside of shelves or wall cabinets are extremely practical. Good color rendition properties of your light bulbs are indispensable in your kitchen.
6 Home office - relaxed working environment A home office is part of the trend in a changing professional world. It is therefore all the more important to ensure good light and ambiance in order to make your work day go by faster. You should combine effective light at your desk with a form of flexible general lighting. Especially your workstation should be bright so that you can work quickly and without getting tired. You should avoid glare and reflections, because your body would move into an unnatural position to evade the glare and this can lead to tensions. Pay attention to an illuminance level of 500 to 1,000 lux, because you can see better in a bright environment and remain fit for longer periods. The light should come from above and should focus on the work surface or the keyboard.
The head of this lamp can rotate and swing in a 360 degree angle. Thanks to the polished concrete base four-legged roommates cannot do any harm to this floor lamp.
7 Children's room - having fun combined with security Children's rooms change faster than all other rooms in your house. You should create a general lighting which can be used from the first days of changing diapers up to the teenage years. Recessed ceiling lights are very practically, since they provide a pleasant light and are not in the way if an occasional ball game takes place. Basically the everyday life of children requires only three scenarios: a bright, focused light for coloring, crafts or homework, a warm, glare-free general lighting and an indirect lighting for sleeping. You should choose a beautiful night light, whose light intensity is variable and may even shine in many colors. For security reasons, you should ensure that your child can not get burned by hot lamps. For all light fixtures close to the floor there are now LED lights available, which develop little heat and often come in multiple colors.
8 Bedroom - pure relaxation Many people think more about beautiful furniture and textiles but less about lighting when it comes to bedrooms. But the room where we spend almost a third of our lives deserves to be illuminated in various ways as well. Lighting your bedroom should make at least four lighting scenarios possible: when entering the room, you should be able to choose between brighter lighting and an attractive and sophisticated lighting, which can be dimmed. You will create a warm light atmosphere with this lamp. And if you need to find the correct outfit in your closet, you will need bright spots - because the rather diffuse general lighting normally won't illuminate your closet well enough. And finally you should set up some reading lights that you can control from your bed. It would be beneficial if you could adjust the accuracy and brightness of the light as well.
9 Bathroom - for special feel-good moments Bathrooms should have good general lighting. At least 300 lux is recommended. In order to be able to adjust the light to any situation, consider a version that can be dimmed, because you might want to start the morning fresh and lively and you probably want to spend some relaxing time in the evening in your bathroom. A nightly visit to the bathroom is pleasant with soft lighting. Because most likely you will not change the positions of tub, shower and sink, recessed or surface mounted lights on ceilings or walls is recommended. This also improves security, because water and electricity are a dangerous combination, and recessed lighting are less exposed to the spray of water. Underwater lighting can provide sophisticated effects for bathtubs, and so can a lighted shower head, which illuminates the water flowing out. The only place where you need a really bright light is before the mirror or the sink. You should illuminate your face from two or even three sides. Glare free light on the left and right side of the mirror (or ideally all around) will provide the best options.
10 Garden - playground for fantasy and effects If you would like to enjoy your outdoor areas in winter and especially at night as well, then you should illuminate your garden. Because at night you can only see what is illuminated. A garden is ideal for light effects, because here you can enjoy the drama of light and shadow much better than in the interior of your house, where practical considerations play a more important role. Rather than to illuminate just a large area, it is better to create several islands of light. Priorities could also be areas that contain water and shine from the inside or which are being illuminated by small lights from above. You can create mysterious bright points of attraction in your garden, which will divide the area. Interesting (wall) surfaces can be converted into magical objects with spotlights; you can illuminate trees and bushes from behind. While having fun creating emotions with light, please do not forget safety: you should bury cables in the ground and you should illuminate stairs and pathways so that you or your guests won't stumble or even fall in the pool.