Home Lighting Ideas:
Shed Some Light
Getting a great idea may be called having a light bulb moment, but most people don’t realize just how important that light bulb can be when it comes time to design their home. In fact, unless you’re experienced in custom home design, you’re likely planning to leave the home lighting ideas to someone else. It’s easy to rely on the most standard types of lighting, those boring basics that are found in every cookie-cutter home all over the country, without ever considering the ways that home lighting design can really become a feature rather than just a function. Really, home lighting ideas are way more than wattage; they’re a great way to add accent, create a mood, and ease your daily life without ever having to sacrifice on style.
Finding the ideal lighting designs for your home depends largely on the size, placement, and function of each space in the house. What will the room be used for? How much natural light does it get? How many areas of the room will need to be lit, and to what degree? All of these are questions that will need to be addressed as home lighting ideas are discussed with your custom home builder or home remodeling contractor.
One of the best ways to create your plan for great lighting design is to use more than one type of lighting. Naturally, if you’re selecting lighting solutions for your bathroom, you’ll need something far different than you would in your kitchen or for a bedroom. Bulbs themselves come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, power, and even color. Some of the most commonly known bulb varieties include soft white, bright white, daylight, and soft yellow; knowing which to choose can seem confusing, but determining the function that the light will actually serve will help you in getting your plan in place.
Layer It On
Many experts recommend using three different layers of light. Those layers consist of ambient, accent, and task lighting; and each serves its own individual purpose. Ambient lighting provides the most general type of lighting in a room and is usually used in overhead fixtures, wall sconces, and floor lamps. Accent lighting is used to draw attention to a particular area or feature of a room such as a piece of art. Using fixtures like easily adjusted track lighting is a great way to create accent lighting, as the lights themselves can be redirected to focus on the desired area. Much like the name implies, task lighting is designed to be used in areas where actual tasks are performed. Kitchens, reading spaces, and home offices all require task lighting to provide focused illumination to function well, and may homeowners achieve that with under-cabinet mounted lights and reading lamps.
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