If you are soon to move into your dream home, you have probably had a hand in the design, and now comes the interior design, of which lighting is a major component.
Technology has brought us many innovative improvements, and for the lighting industry, LED revolutionised things, and for the first time, the homeowner has many lighting options to choose from.
Incandescent bulbs are not only power guzzlers, the light spectrum is very narrow.
Bearing in mind they were invented in a time when basic lighting came from candles, the traditional light bulb has served us well, but LED solutions offer so much more, with lower input – high output.
There are many ways to really get creative with modern lighting, and here are a few ideas to transform the look of your home.
Light Emitting Diode can be formed into ribbon, which comes in a roll, and with strong double sided tape, it is very easy to attach a series of LEDs under a window sill, or above a kitchen worktop.
The strip is waterproof and can be cut to length, and with a wide range of colours, there really is no limit to what you can do.
The exterior can really benefit from LED ribbon, which can be tastefully positioned in trees or shrubs, creating a surreal ambience in the early evenings.
For the interior, pendant lighting is a popular choice in kitchens, dining and living rooms, and halls, as it offers both general and task lighting.
If you live in Australia, there are online solutions and Carlton’s pendant lights come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colours, so there’s bound to be something just right.
Pendant lighting should be at the correct distance from the table top or work surface, and around 30 inches is fine for a table, and the closer you get to the table surface, the more focused the light becomes, with 18 inches being ideal for task lighting.
Remember the days when you would spend an entire afternoon driving around looking for lighting stores?
Even a large shop would have a limited selection, and it might take a few expeditions before you finally find what you are looking for.
With online solutions, you can literally browse to your heart’s content, and with an impressive range of styles and light control systems, it is the ideal place to sort out your lighting for the new home.
Actually, in this digital age, the Internet provides us with information and knowledge on just about every topic you can think of, and there are many informative articles online about domestic lighting.
With LED, you can really get creative.
Professional lighting experts have given the world their secrets, and with lots of high resolution images, you can really see the effects lighting has on the room.
Lighting design is critical, as this is a major component of the ambience, both inside and out, and with online suppliers, you can order everything in one simple process.
Whether you are walking down a bustling street or settling into a warm sofa, it’s hard to deny the profound effect lighting has on us, so it’s important to make sure you have the best of the best when decorating your dream home.
With that in mind, comfortable lighting can be difficult to acquire without breaking the bank, and so many choices can also mean a lot of potential pitfalls.
To help you along the way, here’s just a few solid options for making the economical choice in style.
With homes and offices slowly moving away from fluorescent lights and other less favoured options, LED lights in Melbourne have been booming, and for good reason.
Ceiling panels can give the impression of a natural light source and make a room feel larger and less constrictive.
These simply reliable squares of light take up little space and bring a surprising amount of illumination for their size.
They may not be lighting an Olympic basketball court any time soon, but for a stylish touch to your living area, a few well selected panels are sure to impress.
Motion Sensor/Auto Dimmers
Creating a welcoming entrance to any room, while also taking the stress and expense out of consistent, on-demand lighting, motion sensors and auto dimmers can be a luxurious, cost effective addition to your home.
These lights can often be set for brightness, so you can always be sure that your room hits the perfect lighting just as you walk in.
The interesting difference between auto dimmers and other kinds of automatic lighting is that they are always illuminated to various extents, sometimes going as low as three watts equivalent, to conserve energy while still creating a fluid and natural feeling as it brightens to your preference.
One oft overlooked factor when setting up a room is how furnishings will affect light entering it, which can lead to dark, gloomy areas that have the potential to be warm and inviting with just some small alterations.
Making sure that you are minimising the obstruction of natural light will go far in creating a living area or bedroom that you can be proud of.
If this isn’t possible in your current abode, using soft light bulbs in these rooms can supplement the light lost and still leave you with a cosy, comfortable place to wind down.
Having a strong light source in the middle of a room is all well and good, but it can be distracting, and neglect corners and walls that can’t be reached.
Making smart choices about where your lighting lays can completely transform a room, providing an even glow and avoid the risk of walls becoming overshadowed.
This layout will be different depending on the size and purpose of room being furnished, but a keen eye is often all you need to make sure that your home is at its best.
While it may be difficult at first, specifying the lighting of your home can make all the difference to how comfortable you and your family will feel within it.
In the end, the best choices will be different for everyone, but the more information you have going into an endeavour of this kind, the better.
When you are buying a light bulb you may have noticed the box says things like “Warm White” or “Daylight White” but what does it mean? . . . . . . and which should you buy?
Light colour is measured using the ‘Colour Temperature’ and is quoted in Kelvins (K).
A higher Kelvin temperature means the colour is cool. while lower K temperatures are warmer colours. (No wonder it can be confusing!)
For domestic lighting you should be looking for lights in the range from 2700K to 5000K.
Light Colour Options
Within the range 2700K to 5000K there are three options of colour temperature to choose from:
Warm White – 2700K to 3500K Has a slight yellowish tint which gives a relaxing and calming light. Good for bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms.
Natural White – 3500K to 4500K Closest to sunlight, which makes it good compromise for any location, but particularly; walk in robes, pantries, garages and other areas that don’t have a lot of natural light.
Daylight White Light – 5000K to 6000K A slight blueish tint provides a crisp and bright white light that helps you feel more alert. Good for the home office or workshop.
En Suite / Bathroom Light
I know there are a lot of ladies out there who want to be sure their appearance is just right. To help with this the light on the make up mirror should be appropriate for the lighting you will encounter over your day.
If you mainly work in an office or brightly lit factory Daylight White may be the best choice. . . . Otherwise Natural White is a good option.