Lighting is not an aspect of your home that you continually think about. When it performs well, you don’t think about it. But when there’s poor lighting in your home, you notice it immediately. Lighting is used to create a mood, for aesthetics and to see better in your home. We have some tips on how to get the most out of lighting in your home.

  • 1) Determine what your goals are – task lighting, as the name suggest, helps you fulfil a task and is concentrated to the space you are working. Ambient lighting is used for the overall functionality of your home. It can also be used to create a mood or feeling.
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  • 2) Lighting for safety and security – pathways, driveways, stairs and your front entry should always be very well lit. Lighting these areas create a welcoming and inviting feel to your home, but also increases security and safety around the perimeter of your house. You can use flood lighting, garden lighting and sensor lighting to further the security of your home.
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  • 3) Use lights for decor – sconces are a great idea if you would like to create an inviting feel to your home. Wall mounted lighting comes in a whole range of styles and sizes, so you can be sure there’s a light out there to suit your home’s decor.
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  • 4) Use multiple light sources – believe it or not but there is a whole range of lights aside from down lights you can use. Especially in places such as the kitchen, lounge room and voids, try using chandeliers, pendants and floor lamps. In the bathroom, make sure you use the correct lighting that doesn’t cast shadows and glare.
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  • 5) Recessed lighting – you can use this type of lighting if you have high ceilings. This lighting is subtle and if you choose can be directional.
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  • 6) Night lighting – think about the lighting for when you’re just about to go to sleep. You don’t want well illuminated lights. You want lights that are soft and subtle but still allow you to see. This is where dimmable lights come in! Installing a dimmer to your light switches can be really convenient when you want to create a mood or feeling at night.
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  • 7) Chandeliers and pendants – chandeliers and pendant lighting has been reformed into a modern decor staple. Chandeliers are great over benches, tables and void space. Pendants are a nice addition in bedrooms, lounge rooms or near a reading chair.
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  • Steps to Installing Your Lights

1) Determine each rooms function

  • General, task and accent lighting are all achievable in your home, however, you need to determine what you want out of your lighting before you install. Ask yourself what the purpose of each room is and how you can improve its function and practicality.
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    2) Choose the bulbs

  • LED’s are efficient and lasts much longer than halogens. They’re mainly used for task lighting given their bright and direct light.
  • Halogens give off a white light similar to natural daylight. They’re great for task lighting.
  • Fluorescent bulbs emit a cooler tone used for practical areas, such as the garage. They require very careful handling so be careful!
  • Lumens (brightness):

    • Kitchen = 5,000 to 10,000 lumens

    • Bedroom = 2,000 to 4,000 lumens

    • Living room = 1,500 to 3,000 lumens

    • Bathrooms = 4,000 to 8,000 lumens

  • Kelvins (light appearance):

    • Soft to warm white – best for bedrooms and living rooms

    • Bright to cool white (around 4,100 Kelvin)– best for kitchens , bathrooms and garages

    • Daylight (between 5,000 and 6,000 Kelvin)– best for bathrooms, kitchens and basements

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    3)Choose your fixtures

  • Chandeliers
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  • Wall mounted lights
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  • Pendants
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  • Recessed lighting
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  • Track lighting
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  • Lamps
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  • Lamps
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