Lights are the most essential aspects of a home décor. Yet, it had been one of the most neglected aspects until recently. Of late though, the attention given to lighting has undergone a paradigm shift. Lighting has now become a very important element of design. It is no longer used for just illuminating space. Lighting is now stands for ambiance, aesthetics, tasks, and seeing better in your home. Selecting the appropriate lighting fixture for the house can be daunting task. Following certain tips can help alleviate this.
Aim of lighting :
The very first step for proper lighting is to decide if the light requirement is that of task or direct lighting or ambient or indirect lighting. Task lighting involves focusing the light on the area that needs to be highlighted. Ambient lighting is used to enhance the ambience of the area. Once this is decided upon, the fixtures can be chosen. The lighting design should suit the mood, function and the appearance of each room.
Types of light sources :
While designing the lighting of a house, both aesthetics and functionality can be maintained with the use of multiple light sources in rooms like the kitchen, living room, bathrooms and bedrooms. In the kitchen, under counter lights, overhead drop lights, cabinet lights etc, can be provided to achieve task lighting while providing a soft and cool ambience. In the living room floor lamps, tower lamps or stand alone lamps places strategically can contribute greatly to both functionality and aesthetics. In the bathrooms bright lights could be provided around the mirror to prevent shadows and enhance clarity. Recessed lighting like can light fixtures which include a metal can inserted into the ceiling to hold the fixtures, can be used. They are subtle and can be focused on certain areas. They can also be fitted with dimmers to brighten or reduce the brightness of the illumination.
The children’s room or the nursery can have special light designs like the “starlit sky”, glow lights, etc. these can be designed keeping in mind the sleep patterns and requirement of children. The walls could be embellished with dim wall scones which provide a reassuring soft glow to the room. When designing indoor lighting for energy efficiency, consider some basic design principles and methods.
Energy efficient lighting :
Certain principles must be adhered to while designing energy efficient lighting. Installing task lights instead of too many ambient lights, energy efficient controls and components, led bulbs, etc, would greatly reduce the energy consumption.