Light is the most significant and crucial aspect of home decor. It forms the backbone of any interior design as it plays a major role in creating the perfect kind of ambiance. Appropriate illumination gives softness, brightness, and a depth to your interior. It makes your living more comfortable and joyous.
Whether it’s your bedroom, kitchen, or your living room, different trends of lighting are used to give the desired feel of different sections of your house. Here are some of the fruitful ideas for beautiful lighting of different sections:
First let’s talk about the illumination in your bedroom. What basically is a bedroom used for? It is one of the most crucial areas of your house as you go there for relaxation and peace of mind. After a tiring and busy schedule, a small nap in your bedroom gives keeps you at peace. Hence, the lighting in the room should be comfortable and serene. The best option is to use cove lights in the ceilings or LED (Light Emitting Diode) strips. For reading and study purpose you can conceal a tube-light in the study area of your bedroom. These are enough for illuminating your bedroom in a tranquil manner.
Then coming to your kitchen where lighting is purely dependent on size and configuration of the room. Lights here should be fixed in a way that clearly illuminates the cooking area. The most appropriate type of lighting used in your kitchen is the task lighting, a type that illuminates a focused area to ensure easy completion of a visual task. Apart from this, tube lights can be used for general illumination and small fluorescent lights under the cabinet to light up the kitchen counter.
For your dining room there are vast options to select from. For the dining area use illuminations that are soft, warm, and inviting to ensure a pleasant and comfortable mealtime. Among the variety of options, chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces, track lighting, recessed lighting, lamps, rope lighting, accent lights, and dimmers are some of the best. Depending on the size and color of your dining area you can select the best suited lights for your dinning area.
Great Lighting Ideas For Your Apartment
Lights can add so much to your apartment. Sure, you could stick with the simple overhead light that comes installed in your place when you move in, but how boring is that?!?!
Now we must keep in mind that most apartment communities will not allow you actually install new fixtures, so thinking outside of the box is the key in good lighting. One note on this however, is to ALWAYS check with you management first. They may actually let you purchase a fixture and then have their maintenance team install it for you. Remember that if you do this though, they more than likely will require that you leave whatever item that you install when you decide to move out.
Rather than installing new fixtures everywhere, why don’t you try a few of these ideas:
Colored Bulbs- You can accent a number of different things just by changing the hue of the light striking them. The easiest way to do this is to change to a colored bulb. It will not only accent objects that the colored light reflects off of, but will also very much set the mood. Want a cool, relaxing vibe in a room? Try a light blue or aqua party bulb. Want to add that dark, mysterious, and naughty mood? Try a red bulb. Yellow and orange will give off the feeling of warmth as well.
Floor Standing Lamps- If you need more lighting because a room is too dark, nothing compares to floor lamps. They are cheap, easy to move, and some of them look really really cool. You could even try the colored party bulbs in these! My favorite are the multi-bulbed ones that you can shine the beam in several directions at once. Place a plant in front or around and you can create great shadows.
Light From Low- Another really fun lighting idea is to flood a wall with light from below. Usually you would need to go with a type of light that floods upwards. This could be a sconce, a flood, or an upside down desk lamp…virtually anything that flows light across your wall. Be careful when doing this that you aren’t using a light that gets hot or could start fire. Be very, very careful.
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Recessed Lighting Made Easy
Recessed lighting in the foyer or entrance hall is an effective way to showcase a curving staircase or entry floor. Recessed adjustable lighting can also add light to the areas and objects that you want to stand out. One fixture can light several areas, simply by changing the bulb from a spot to a flood or you can highlight details in a space by using spot fixtures in strategically placed areas.
In a living room, place fixtures approximately 8′- 0″ apart to provide general unobtrusive light that won’t clash with room furnishings. A dimmer gives adjustable light levels for any activity or occasion. Be sure to distribute the light evenly. The fixtures should be about 18″ to 24″ from the wall, spaced one to one-and-a-half times the distance from the wall. To highlight a textured wall or reveal wall patterns (such as a brick wall) use the grazing technique by placing fixtures 12″ from the wall and 12″ to 24″ apart.
When adding recessed lighting to a bath, the size of the room will decide the lighting requirements. Bathrooms over 100 square feet require general light, while smaller baths can use mirror fixtures. Recessed incandescent fixtures work well and can provide general illumination for bathrooms up to 100 square feet. Place them no more than 36″ apart and centered over the counter. Add fixtures for each additional 50 square feet of space. Note that wall sconces should be used in order to properly light a mirror or vanity, as using only recessed lighting in the space will shadow the face.
In shower or bath areas, recessed lighting must be approved for a damp location. Local electrical and building codes should be consulted when selecting the lighting for these areas, as specific requirements vary from state to state.
For the kitchen, recessed incandescent downlights should be placed approximately 6′ to 8′ apart. Fluorescent recessed fixtures are a good alternative choice, as they last ten times longer and deliver three to four times more light per watt than incandescent lighting. Plus, recessed fixtures can be hidden in niches or placed to shine through glass shelves for a unique, backlight display.
How to buy recessed lighting
Recessed lighting fixtures have three parts – the housing, the trim and a bulb. Each part is needed to complete the fixture. When you first select products, you can shop either by the housing style or by the trim. After choosing a product, such as a specific housing, you will need to scan further down the product detail page to see the compatible trims that will work with the housing you selected. Remember to make sure the housing and trim are compatible and from the same manufacturer. Then, select the type of lighting you need, such as line voltage, low voltage (with a transformer) or fluorescent. Make sure you are purchasing both a housing and a trim piece as you will need both to have a complete fixture.
Recessed lighting glossary
It always helps to know the proper terms to describe a fixture you’re using. Here are definitions of some of the more common words and phrases used with recessed lighting:
- Housings: Housings are recessed fixtures which can “house” a variety of line and low voltage lamp styles and wattages. These housings allow for connection to the electrical system and in conjunction with trims and bulbs create the finished product of a recessed fixture.
- Trim: Housing Trims finish off the hole in the ceiling and can play an integral part of light effectiveness or effects based on the wide range of finishes and types available. Note that a black baffle can cut light output by 50% since the color black absorbs light.
- Baffle: The baffle is the interior of the trim that is recessed into the ceiling. Most baffles are stepped up with milligrooves.
- Line Voltage: Fixtures that operate at 120 volts are considered line voltage lamps. They do not require a transformer and can be directly connected to the electrical wiring.
- Low Voltage: Fixtures that operate at a lower voltage than line voltage are termed low voltage. These fixtures require a transformer to reduce line voltage, usually to 12 or 24 volts. Many fixtures using the smaller MR16 bulbs are low voltage fixtures.