Top 5 lighting dos and don’ts
Getting lighting right in a room changes the atmosphere and can set, or ruin, the mood. Here’s a few pointers to help you get it right.
1 Don’t rely on just one main light
Background lighting has a functional role to play in a room’s design. Simply, you need to be able to see what you are doing. It is common to have one central ceiling light in a room. Traditionally this is one lightbulb. Realise that the lighting cast often unflattering, and throws out large shadows.
If a room needs to be well lit (such as a kitchen), multiple sources of background light, such as spotlights help to even the lighting int the room. In a lounge, softer, accent lighting create a more comfortable mood.
2 Do add some accent/area lighting
Table lamps are the simplest, most effective type of accent lighting. Simple to install, and in a wide range of shapes and styles, there is something for everyone.
Accent lights create more than one source of light in a room, combatting shadows, and softening the feel. A lamp with a good lampshade will cast a softer glow than an exposed bulb, and reduce glare.
3 Don’t overlook task lighting
Low level lighting is restful. But low level lighting is useless if you need to focus on a task in hand, such as reading or sewing. This is where task lighting is needed to supplement other light sources.
In a kitchen, under-counter lighting work well in combatting the shadow your own body may cast onto your working area. This is why lights in cooker hoods are an essential in any good kitchen design.
In a bedroom, a bedside light will make reading a book more comfortable (as well as casting soft, flattering, light)
4 Do consider feature lighting to add drama
This is where the light is often nothing more than an object in it’s own right. The 1960s Pistillino light casts wonderful shadows and provides drama to a room.
Lighting technology has come on so far that small LED bulbs can be built into, or hidden behind art, panels, moldings, even TVs. Try using coloured feature lighting, perhaps to colourwash a wall for dramatic effect.
5 Don’t try any electrical work beyond your skills
If your DIY skills are limited, get a professional in or just stick to lamps and lampshades.
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Posted on December 20, 2011, in Interior and tagged Background light, Home and Garden, Incandescent light bulb, Light, Light fixture, Light-emitting diode, Task lighting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.