How to choose indoor lighting – ideas and tips for all rooms!
Each room in your home has a different purpose. As of result, each room requires a different type of illumination and choice of lighting. Controlling the lighting in your home will help you to create a special atmosphere for each of the rooms to fit your style. In this article, we take a look at different rooms and highlight the most important lighting aspects and share best tips.
Entrances and hallways
Entrances and hallways usually are areas where no specific activity is carried out. That is why they should be illuminated only with the indirect lighting. Best options are wall lamps and spotlights because they do not take up much space and allow free movement. Avoid table lamps and large standing lamps.
There are three main points you must take care of when choosing the best bedroom lighting solution.
First of all, the reading light should be suitable and effective. It must be strong and directional and even better if you can get one with a folding arm for more flexibility.
Secondly, choose an appropriate lighting solution that creates a relaxing atmosphere for you and calming ambiental illumination for the whole bedroom. The light should have a shade and the bulb should be of the incandescent variety.
And lastly, for better comfort, install additional light switches next to your headrest so you could control all lighting in the bedroom. Thanks to smart home assistants like Amazon Echo dot and smart plugs like TP-Link WiFi Smart Plug (a combination that allows you to control the lighting with your voice), it is possible to achieve such control without installing additional light switches.
Study place and office
It is worth to remember that the study place and office must have a healthy atmosphere and the lighting should also help you focus on your tasks. Therefore you will need a good reading light that is adjustable and offers a concentrated and direct beam. Place it on the left side so as not to cast shadows when taking notes or writing (or on the right side, if you are left-handed). Of course, we work on the computer most of the time but once in a while you might still want to take some notes and write on the paper.
Mask the bulb with a shade and position it at the height of the eyes in order to prevent glare. We recommend incandescent bulbs because they are warm and relaxing. You can also use halogen type bulbs that do not confuse colors.
Kitchen and dining area
Since a variety of activities are carried out in the kitchen (like eating, reading, working etc.) kitchen requires more illumination than any other room. Therefore the lighting should be placed high up. Use the ceiling lights or fluorescent tube that produces much light.
Illuminate the work surfaces with spotlights installed below the highest cupboards if possible. Other alternative includes installing direction spotlights on the ceiling or on the walls.
For the eating area, choose a ceiling lamp and hang it over the middle of the table. For more flexibility, choose a lamp that can be lowered or raised.
A rule of thumb for the dining area is to center the illumination so the whole area would be covered. Choose lighting elements that have a dimmer as that will allow you to create the right mood for different occasions.
Although the bathroom is not the biggest room in your home, choosing the lighting is not so easy. There are three main parts in the bathroom – the vanity, shower or tub area and overall walking space. Each one of them needs a slightly different lighting choice but they all must complement each other and create a comfy feeling.
Use chandeliers or pendants for ambient light and overall atmosphere (first layer). The second layer is responsible for creating an ideal task lighting for the vanity (for daily grooming and shaving activities). The third layer (accent lighting) is used to highlight the bathroom's overall interior and architectural features (use chandeliers or overhead fixtures).
The best way how to illuminate the vanity area (the second layer) is to use side-mounted sconces on both sides of the mirror. Place them at eye-level so the shade opening of glass up-lights would be slightly above the eye-level and the shade opening of glass down-lights would be slightly below the eye-level. If you choose to place a lighting element above the mirror, it is better to choose a sconce instead of an overhead fixture. It will create a comfortable ambient light and a soothing atmosphere.
It is not necessary to choose the same style lighting elements for all three layers, however, doing so will help to create a more unified design feeling.
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