When it comes to the lighting needs of a home, most people are rather clueless. The most common artificial light is the ceiling light which most people use and the occasional desk lamps or mirror lights. However, few people know, that lighting can be used as a decorating tool in order to change the vibe of a home. You can use lighting in order to make a room more homey or in order to make it look more spacious. If we got your attention, you will find the following lines to be very interesting. We hope that our advice will help you turn your house into a warm home.
How to plan your house’s lighting fixtures
In order to integrate lighting as an interior design element you need to consider certain aspects. For example, when you analyze a space, you need to determine what activities will occur in that space, which objects do you want people to see, whether you have any architectural features that you would like to emphasize, whether that space will be a sitting area or what atmosphere you want that space to have. Artificial light is an essential part of home decorating, and it is supposed to bring the elements in a room together, to highlight important areas or objects in a room, create a sensation of open space, or delineate different spaces.
Types of artificial lighting
There are three main types of artificial lighting: ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. The first type refers to general artificial illumination which satisfies the basic lighting needs of a room. The second type of lighting is, as the name suggests, designed for improving visibility when performing certain tasks such as reading or crafting. Last but not least, accent lighting can be used in order to draw attention to special objects or areas of a room. Shopping for lighting fixtures can be very complicated, even after you understand the lighting needs of each area of your house. It is important to find a lighting supplier which offers a wide variety of products.
How to use each types of lighting
When trying to choose a lighting fixture, you need to consider the desired light distribution, the color rendering, the color appearance as well as the maintenance costs. The light distribution is particularly important for accent lights because a bad distribution will not emphasize a space correctly.
Once you choose a lighting fixture, you must also select the intensity level of the light. Lucky, we have some average intensities which you should find very easy to apply. Passageway lights should have an intensity between 2-8 footcandles. Conversation areas should have a light intensity ranging between 2,5 and 10. Grooming areas such as the bathroom or the vanity table require between 15 and 60 footcandles. The reading area should have a lighting intensity of 25-100 footcandles and the kitchen counters between 37 and 150. Last but not least, task areas where you perform hobbies require between 50 and 200 footcandles. The reason why the intensity levels do not have a fix value is due to the fact that they also depend on the age of the person using those areas. The intensities are calculated for people between 25 and over 65 years old.
Artificial lighting tips
Now that you have learned about the most important aspects of artificial lighting, you can apply certain tricks in order to maximize the efficiency of your lighting fixtures. For example, did you know that fluorescent lamps use up to 35% less energy than incandescent lamps, yet they provide the same amount of light. This tip can help you decrease your energy bills considerably. Another great way to save energy without making any compromises is to install lighting controls. In order to do this, you need to replace the traditional on/off switch with a more complex control such as dimmers, photo sensors, occupancy sensors or timers. Dimmers allow a person to control the intensity of a light and they are very useful. Photo sensors are more useful for commercial areas as they control the lighting needs based on the ambient lighting levels. On the other hand, occupancy sensors detect activity within certain areas and turn themselves on or off. Last but not least, timers are used for unoccupied houses in order to create the illusion that someone is in the house.