By far the fastest route to a comfortable and inviting home is well designed lighting. The right lighting will help to accentuate your home’s best features whilst helping you to make the most of the space you have. Whether cooking, working or relaxing, an apt lighting scheme will help things along hugely. In this article you will learn how to properly choose your ceiling lighting and once chosen, just how to get the most out of it.
When looking to light a newly decorated space, there are three important questions you should ask yourself before you leave the house:
• How do you use the space and at what time of the day? If the space needs to work right throughout the day, then a number of different ceiling task lights that work independently of each other may be necessary, as might dimmer switches and directional or retractable lighting.
• How big is the space? Working in proportion to the size of the room is always the best way to go about light fitting. Not only will it ensure no chandelier-in-broom-cupboard type situations but it will also mean your room is adequately lit.
• How high is your ceiling? If the room has a low ceiling then a flush or semi-flush light may be the best choice. If the area has more height – for example over a staircase, you may wish to choose a light which hangs lower.
Once you have chosen your lighting according to the questions you have asked yourself, follow room specific tips for installing and using it to create a better and safer home for you and your family:
• To avoid straining your eyes whilst watching television in the sitting room or a bedroom, it is a good idea to have another light source other than the TV. Aiming ceiling spotlights at the wall behind your television help to bounce indirect light off it. You may also wish to install a dimmer switch to help you relax.
•In the kitchen spotlights are also fantastic when used as task lights to light up any areas where food preparation or family meals take place. If you are including pendant light avoid fabric shades as they absorb smells and aren’t very practical in humid environments.
• Make a real feature out of your dining area by hanging two low hanging pendant lights parallel to the length of the table. Again, a dimmer switch is a great option as it allows you to fully control the mood of the meal- perfect for creating an intimate atmosphere that still allow you to see what you’re eating!
• An innovative alternative to having table lamps either side of your bed is to install two low hanging pendant lights. Not only is this a very trendy solution but it also means your bedside tables are left free for books, glasses and jugs of water.
• Wherever it is you are installing some ceiling lighting, always check that your light is not positioned too close to anything fabric or with a fabric covering. The things to look out for are things like curtains or fabric vertical blinds; even embossed wallpaper can be dangerous if too close to a pendant or spotlight so a quick parameter check before going ahead with any installation is a must.