Three Steps to the Perfect Lighting
Most people notice a poorly lighted room. This is most noticeable in high task areas such as the kitchen, laundry and bathroom. I mean, think about it; where do most people work in the home? Of course, one needs the most light in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry areas. One could argue that the garage must be well lighted too. After over a decade in the lighting industry, there are three important ideas to consider in maximizing your lighting result and interior comfort levels.
Step 1: Start with a good electrical layout
Funny as it sounds, you can only do so much without wires run to the appropriate locations. New homes tend to be much bigger than the older pioneer homes. Because of this fact, there is a greater need for artificial light during the daytime. Hire a good electrician who understands these concepts. Starting with a good electrical layout is the start to a great lighting finish.
Step 2: Think in Layers
There are 3 layers to consider when designing your lighting layout. First, general lighting should give even lighting throughout a space. This can be accomplished with chandeliers, recessed cans and any other ceiling mounted fixtures. Second, accent lighting draws the eye to focal points such as artwork, architectural lines, under and over cabinets and indirect lighting. Step lighting on stairs would be considered accent lighting. Third, portable lighting includes reading lamps, task lamps and torchieres that can be plugged in and moved around. Portable lighting also plays in important role in creating moods and themes within a space. Creating moods in the home is certainly the goal of many homeowners.
Step 3: Choose a design.
The final step in creating the perfect lighting is choosing the design. Depending upon your interior décor, your style may be traditional, modern, rustic or eclectic. People commonly incorporate ceiling fans as part of their lighting and ventilation design. Whatever your taste is don’t get overwhelmed. Consult a lighting specialist or interior designer for suggestions. You may see styles that you like in leading magazines or online from sites such as Houzz and Pinterest. Better still would be to visit a local lighting showroom and describe your ideas to them. They may know of options to help you stay in budget. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. They can assist you in making your dreams become a reality.
As a closing note, remember to have fun when building! Do it yourselfers and professional contractors alike can benefit from a good lighting plan that starts with a good layout, taking into account lighting layers, and finishing with choosing stylish fixtures. Best of luck in whatever project you are working on!
By: Mark Miller, President – Mountain Lighting