How to Choose the Best Lighting for Your Home
How to Choose the Best Lighting For Your Home
Lighting can serve many important functions in a room. It can light a dark space, or it can create ambiance. Choosing the right light for each room of your house can be challenging. It is often a neglected aspect of home decor, but it can be the most important.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a light fixture: intensity, wattage, style and location to name a few.
Here are some easy tips to help you choose the best lighting to suit each room in your house.
How do you Use the Room?
Let how you use the space determine the intensity of the lighting you will need.
Bathrooms, kitchens, and offices generally require bright light. Bedroom lighting can be softer. Consider all the ways you use the room. If for example, you do crafts or other detail-oriented tasks at the dining room table, you will likely want the option of having a brighter light.
what Type of Light Bulb should you get?
There are three types of light bulbs: incandescent, fluorescent and halogen.
Incandescent: Incandescent light provides a softer light. However, they burn hotter than say a fluorescent light, and use more electricity. You will also find that they have to be replaced more frequently.
Fluorescent: Fluorescent light is more budget-friendly, but it can produce a harsh light. This type of lighting is often used in rooms that require bright lights, such as offices or the kitchens.
Halogen: Halogen light appears more natural, and mimics natural sunlight. They are more expensive, but use less energy, and last longer than incandescent lights. One important safety consideration is that halogen lights burn very hot.
How Much Light Do You Need?
There is a simple calculation to determine how much light your room will need.
Room Length x Room Width x 1.5 = The Number of Watts You Will Require
For example, if your room is 10x10, you should have 150 watts of light. So that room would require a light fixture with 2 or 3 60 watt bulbs (ideally 3) to achieve the desired amount of light. If you need more light in a room, you will have to increase the wattage of the bulbs.
It goes without saying that lighting can be broken up into multiple different lighting sources to achieve a desired effect.
Type of Light Fixtures:
Your personal style will determine whether you choose ceiling lighting (for example a chandelier, pot lights, track lighting or a flush mount), a wall lamp, floor lamp, or any combination thereof.
If you want to use a room for more than one purpose, consider different types of lighting in one room to achieve the desired effect. A dimmer can also be an effective way of controlling the intensity of lighting in any room.
Alternatively, spotlights can be a great way to showcase decorative art or furniture.
So before you go shopping for a light, always remember to determine the size of the room, the function of the room, and the mood you want to set. This will help you choose the best lighting.