Lighting is the use of artificial or natural light to achieve practical or aesthetic effects.
Types of lights
- Task lights– designed to create a shadow-free work environment when you’re doing things around the kitchen
- Accent light– emphasizes objects by focusing light directly on them. Placed above an open countertop, such as an island, the kitchen counter, or dining table in open plan kitchen. Should be a warm tone for the kitchen
- Ambient- lighting – illuminates the entire room.
- Decorative /mood lighting- Enhances the mood of a room or a space. Used for decorative or aesthetic purposes. Example: candle or table lamp
Factors to consider when choosing kitchen lights
- Kitchen island size- kitchen island lighting shouldn’t extend beyond the perimeter of your island
- The light fixture height- Allow for 30 to 36 inches (760mm to 910mm) or (0.76m to 0.91m) of space between the island and the countertop and the bottom of the fixture
- The island function– A kitchen island is a cabinet or countertop mounted on the floor freely and can be accessed from all the sides. Provides storage and a workspace for cooking or preparing meals. Choose a light that will fit the primary function of your island.
- Lighting purposes- Knowing your lighting goals will help you find the right fixture style and brightness.
- Lighting amount and placement– The number of fixtures and their placement can dramatically impact the look and feel of your kitchen island.
Do not be afraid to experiment with different configurations to find the perfect arrangement.
LIGHTS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING CEILING LIGHTS –
There are various types of lights fixtures
- Pendants– Most of them have one source of light.
- Chandeliers– Act as a focal point and have several light sources
- Track lights- They are perfect for highlighting important features in a room, example: artworks, photos etc.
- Flush lights– are flat against the ceiling or surface
- Semi flush lights– hang slightly below the ceiling.
- Recessed– are recessed into the ceiling
- Dimming capability- Dimmers or dimmable lights allow one to easily adjust the brightness, making your island perfect for both work and relaxation.
Have fun with your kitchen- let your light reflect your personality and add a touch of flair to your space. After all the Kitchen is the heart of your home
3. Types of kitchen lights
- Undercabinet- under cabinet lighting increases the quality of light in your kitchen by providing light on the space one is specially working on. Led tape lights are the best for cabinet lighting.
- Recessed lights- one recessed light for every four to six square feet (0.372-0.557m squared) of ceiling feet of ceiling space.
- Pendant lights- is a lone light fixture that hangs from the ceiling usually suspended by a cord, chain or metal rod. Usually hung in a straight line over kitchen counter tops. Are versatile and can be found in a wide range of colors, finishes and shapes. Pendant lightswicth shades pointing up (up lights) are designed for ambient, and those with shades pointing down (downlights) provide task lights.
- Track lighting– has individual lighting fixture along a track, also called bar or rail. You adjust them to fit the direction you need. They work well in minimalist and modern kitchens.
- Ambient Lights.
- Task Lights
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING DINING LIGHTS
Factors to consider when choosing dining lights:
- The mood- let the light define the mood and the theme of the entire space. Deciding on the soft/vibrant lighting depends on the entire institution
- Visibility- light design with clear glass and globes are better used in bars/ restaurants, where customers will be reading menus and watching the latest sports on the big screen in order to project the minimum possible lights. (Consider the visibility that is needed)
- Available space– The size of the space will determine the amount of light to be used.
- Color and décor- The chosen lighting system ought to complement the colors and furniture used.
- Lighting design- vintage-inspired chandeliers are often used on antique designed eateries.
- Positions- The position of the light plays a focal position in setting the mood.
- The relationship of the dining to the other spaces of the house – If the dining room is open to the living room you may want to select a light that matches or compliments the dining one.
- The shape of the dining room/table – A perfect light for a dining should accentuate the furniture.
Lights that fit well in the dining room
- Branch chandelier
- Linear lights
- Glass fixtures
- Glass and metal pendant
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING BEDROOM LIGHTING
- Layering different forms of lighting is significant in bedroom lighting.
- Layer the three types of lighting with a strategy.
- Task light- Should complement the room visually, but it shouldn’t overpower and scream
- Decorative light- should be your jewelry. Sculptural table lamps on the nightstands can be an interesting decorative light.
- Lamps stands out well in dressers, since they pull light into other room and gives you a more evenly glow all around.
- Scones add a touch of elegance on the nightstand. In case you are sharing a room it is advisable to put independent so that each person on the bed can control their side without having to rely on the other person.
- Use the right lighting temperature, a soft white bulb illuminates the room without feeling sterile and works for ambient, task and accent lights
- An amber glow in the bedroom makes a room moodier, softer and warmer.
- The number of bulbs the overhead fixture contain may be dependent on room size- more than two bulbs is too bright for a bedroom
- An overhead lighting hand eight feet above the floor. If the ceiling height is standard opt for something smaller scale that doesn’t hang too low.
- When choosing a bedside light fixture, pay close attention to scale, keep between 1/3 or 2/3 the width of the nightstand.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING BEDROOM LIGHTS
- The size, shape and style of the lighting fixture
- The size of the bedroom
- The theme and color of the bedroom
- The positioning of the light- avoid direct light on the bed
- The height of the ceiling- this will determine the size of the lighting fixture.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING LOUNGE LIGHTING
- Ambient- to give the room a soft overglow to the room
- Task light- Highlights specific areas work zones in the room
- Accent light- highlights statement pieces, example: a piece of art, features and also brings a touch of drama into the lounge.
- Pendants and chandeliers- They are the best lighting fixtures to draw the eye upwards and also add a depth to the room.
- Spotlights- Work best in lounges that doubles as an office or you need extra reading light.
- Flush Lights- Flush lights create a fancy statement in a low ceiling lounge
LOUNGE TABLE LAMPS
- Table lamps are the alpha of ambient lights
- They give a calming, gentle and functional lighting.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING LARGE LIVING ROOMS;
- A statement chandelier or stand out pendant would draw the eye upwards
- Use colorful LEDs or lasers- LED can shine in virtually any color or rainbow, but lasers are brighter, more focused and more entertaining.
- Sculptural fixtures- one can install lights in one fell swoop. If your fixture is unsymmetrically imbalanced (unusual shaped), the fixture can be just as decorative as the lights that emits from the bulbs.
- Accent lighting- make sure your arts stand out. Install lights along the sides of an art piece in your large room for aesthetic value that will blend with your interior design.
- Transparent Lighting- This is all about reflection and refraction. Stands out from the rest of lighting fixtures. These lights amplify the sun’s rays and colors that emit from the fixture’s bulbs.
- Low-hanging fixtures- Incase one has a room that is long and tall, one can give it the illusion of ample height by using a low-hanging fixtures.
- Floor lamps- Start with ground levels with floor lamps (are at most a tad taller than a person, so one needs to screw standard bulbs into them to bring out life into a room.
- Task lights- Give a reading corner, sitting area, art table, so as to allow whoever might be in those areas to do what they came for.
SMALL LIVING ROOM LIGHTING IDEAS
- Look for floor lamps with a small base
- Short pendants are the best to create an illusion of height
- Use vertical light beams that take up less space
- Consider a lightweight lighting fixture to avoid shrinking the room
- Light all the sides of the room clearly to avoid shadows
In conclusion, choosing the right lighting for different spaces in your home is essential to creating the perfect ambiance and enhancing the functionality of each area. The Powermax Electricals Lights Guide provides valuable insights into the factors to consider when selecting lights for dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and other spaces.
By understanding the importance of factors such as lighting types, color temperatures, brightness levels, and placement, homeowners can make informed decisions to transform their living spaces. Proper lighting not only illuminates the room but also influences mood, productivity, and overall well-being.