Monday, February 27, 2017

Equipping Your Home with Proper Lighting, Room by Room

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Light plays a key role in any home. When the sun sets, it is the lighting fixtures that are responsible for supplying your rooms with illumination. Of course, the same rules don’t apply for every room and setting the whole place up in terms of lighting does take dedication and know-how. Since dedication is something you’re going to handle on your own, we’ve rounded up a tutorial of sorts to help you equip your home with appropriate lighting.

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The Living Room
So, let’s start with the room where you most likely spend most of the time. The living room is your home’s common area, which calls for light layering. This concept dictates that the recessed downlights be replaced with lights that bounce off the ceiling – this will supply the living room with ambient illumination, which is hugely important for a variety of daily activities that take place within the living room, such as watching television, reading, using a laptop and playing board and card games. The best way to achieve quality ambient lighting that bounces off the ceiling is by integrating cove or valance fixtures into the room’s very architecture.

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The Dining Room
Although it is also a common room, the dining room’s lighting needs differ from that of the living room. While the living room doesn’t have a particular object that should be in the spotlight, the dining room’s primary focus is the table. In this room, the fixtures should be placed directly above the table, but the lights should be able to provide both ambient and task lighting. This is why dimmers are particularly useful here.

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The Kitchen
Usually, right next to the dining room, the main aim of kitchen lighting is to help with food preparation and cleanup, which means that this room craves functionality. There is nothing worse than weak, dim light over your kitchen counter – this causes instant frustration. The kitchen should incorporate a task and ambient lighting combination, keeping in mind that the focus of the former should be the counters and the area over the sink. To sum it up, the basic lighting plan for your kitchen should be as follows: a central ceiling-mounted light for ambiance, the undercabinet task lighting fixtures and a task lighting fixture over the sink.

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The Bathroom
Lighting fixtures within the bathroom aim at pure functionality – this is a room with the main focus on personal grooming, and in order to be able to view yourself in the mirror properly, you need to be careful with shadows. Mounting a central ceiling fixture is a common mistake many homeowners make – it will, quite logically, cast shadows on a person standing in front of the mirror. Lighting both sides of the mirror is the smart way to go. Naturally, you’re going to need a bit more than illuminating your mirror, which is where the wall-mounted fixtures come in. Make sure that you choose an electrician who is available 24 hours every day if you need professional advice and general help when installing your bathroom fixtures – the bathroom requires precise lighting placement.

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LED Lights
Going LED is not only the most eco-friendly option (these bulbs spend less energy than the regular ones) but also a pocket-friendly one. LED lights tend to pay off in the long run. In addition to providing illumination, they are as close to natural light as lighting fixtures go!

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Although we hope this tutorial will get you going in terms of your home’s lighting needs, you should always consult professionals before engaging in “lighting remodeling”. Focus on the very purpose of each and every room within your house and choose the fixtures accordingly.

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Guest post courtesy of Diana Smith.



Hi, I am Diana Smith. I am a full-time mom of two beautiful girls interested in home decor and latest DIY projects. On my free time, I enjoy exercising and preparing healthy meals for my family. Follow me on Twitter and Google+

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