9 Tips on how to set up lighting on your new home
The right lighting draws attention to a room and creates a cozy mood. Here are nine simple tips for installing lighting correctly. You can plan out your light and you shouldn't leave anything to chance, because shadows, the amount of illumination, and the type of lamp all have an enormous impact on a room's ambiance
1. Lots of Power Outlets
Lighting needs a power source: For new builds, you should preferably plan for a few more power sockets to be installed. Ideally, take advantage of renovation work and branch a few new wires out through the plaster walls.
2. Different Lamps
Sometimes you need more light in a room, sometimes less, depending what you're doing at that moment. The best approach is placing a mix of lamps of different strengths and colors in different parts of a room.
3. Choosing the Right Energy Saving Lamps
When dealing with conventional light bulbs, it's clear whether you'll need a 40, 60, or 100 Watt bulb. Energy-saving bulbs, on the other hand, come with completely different values on the packaging: 11 Watt bulbs replace the old 60 Watt bulbs and 20 Watt bulbs replace the more familiar 100 Watt bulbs. Pick a warm white bulb to create the right mood.
4. Create Pools of Light
A bright room with no shadow comes across as monotone and uncomfortable often, this creates the effect of being a waiting room. Instead, create pools of light, as well as more weakly lit areas, in order to create a more varied, contrasting effect.
5. Install Accent Lighting
Light must be used to good effect: to highlight the details you are especially proud of when the room is viewed. Be bold with your staging in any case, you can just turn the accent lighting off again if need be.
6. Shaded/shielded Lamps
There's nothing more annoying than a full-on view of table lighting or a light spot that's continually winking at you out of the corner of your eye. So, when you're shopping for lighting, make sure that your lights are shaded or shielded. If in doubt, test out your home before you buy anything. This is all the more true for the coil-shaped energy saving bulbs - these bulbs too belong under a shade, because they're only able to throw out their full luminosity, as most energy saving bulbs are not yet compatible with dimmers.
7. Halogen Bulbs for Punctiform Lighting
Those who install brightly burning punctiform halogen lighting won't find themselves wanting. Lighting in this configuration is unaffected when a bulb blows. In places where the light stays on for longer in hallways, kitchens, at your desk, or another similar place, it's sensible to buy energy saving bulbs. They also come with screw threads and as a candle type bulb.
8. Connections for External Lights
Would you love to spend more time on your balcony in the blue hours before twilight if you had enough light to read? Would you like mood lighting on the terrace or on the lawn or decking? Consider using connections and dimmers!
9. Motion-triggered Lighting in Hallways
Have you ever wanted to find the switch for the hallway light at night? Ever stumbled your way into the basement in the dark? Motion sensors for hall lighting and other lighting prevent accidents occurring.