Whether you are refurbishing, renovating or even just wanting to change your home lighting, many people dont realise that lighting design can add another level of home decoration and ambience to your home.
Even outdoor spaces can be transformed with outdoor lighting.
Its important to have your design in place before starting works on your home if you are refurbishing. You wouldn’t want to decorate then discover walls needed channeling to run your new lighting. Our lighting design service will look at the space and natural light level in the room. We will then offer our advice to lighten and brighten or softly lighten your space. With so much lighting to choose from we will also let you know which lighting to chose.
Our electrician will work through the following with you:
- What will this space be used for? Consider all possible uses of each room. Will the kitchen double up as a dining or homework space? Will a spare room also be a study?
- Where does natural light enter the room and from what direction?
- Who will be using this room? Do they need better light to see?
- At what time of day will the room be used the most? For example, if you only use rooms in the evening then dimmer lights would be beneficial.
- Will there be pieces of furniture or artwork that you want to highlight in any of these rooms? This will determine your accent lighting
Once we have the answers to these questions, we will draw a plan of the room to help you determine the best points for lights to be situated and discuss these possibilities with an electrician who will then guide you through the process of installation.
Knowing your furniture arrangement will help to determine where your lights and switches should be situated, consider which way people will be facing, this help to avoid having lights in direct eye line.
There are three main types of lighting — make yourself familiar with the various terms used for each. You might like to consider using a combination of all three types in most rooms for a good ‘layered’ approach.
Using dimmers and asking your electrician to install your lights so that each ‘type’ can be independently operated will make creating different moods easier
Types of lighting:
Ambient Lighting: Also called general or background lighting, this is the lighting that gives overall illumination to a room. Sources include large pendants, recessed down lighters, and even wall lights in some cases
Task Lighting: This provides extra, targeted illumination to those areas where everyday activities take place, such as reading, cooking and working
Floor, table and desk lamps are all good sources of task lighting, as is that incorporated into cooker hoods and vanity mirror:
Accent or Mood Lighting: This is used to highlight objects or architectural features you wish to draw attention to, such as artwork. Directional spots on tracks, low-level chandeliers and recessed and hidden LED strips are all good examples