How do you choose the right light to use for your space? Lighting plays a huge factor in a person’s mood. For a home, lighting plays a huge role in its ambience. You may use warm light color temperature for living rooms and bed rooms to make the vibe cozy. Bright white lights are recommended for the kitchen and other workspaces at home because you’ll be needing these to boost and increase your focus. A bright light in the kitchen ensures a clearer view of the ingredients you’ll be using plus lessening the hazard caused by dim lights. Also, just so you don’t need to squint your eyes when working on something!
Daylight color temperatures are just right for reading nooks and spaces for study as it provides just the right amount of brightness. Some daylight colors also claim to increase focus when used. 💡
And for an office space, lighting has to do with an employee’s productivity. Dim to no lights makes someone sleepy and less productive so it’s better to turn lights off when planning to end the day with a good night’s sleep.
Here are some types of basic indoor lighting you might encounter when renovating/decorating your home:
Ambient or Ceiling lights
These lights serve as consistent and primary lighting for your home. Aside from the basic overall functionality by lighting the entire room, they also play a huge role in your home’s design. Having a beautiful chandelier installed in the middle of your living room can be a beautiful eye catcher for your visitors.
Chandeliers - these fancy decorative lights hang from the ceiling and serve as a decorative centerpiece for your room.
Pendant lights- also known as “drop”, this is a lone light fixture that hangs from the ceiling suspended by a chain or metal rod.
Accent lights are directed towards a small space. If you want to highlight that precious vase or that sculpture from the mountains of Fujian, you can do so by putting an accent light above or beside it!
Sconces - these are wall-mounted lighting fixtures designed to illuminate a small area.
One of the most common lights, these are the ones that are fully contained to your wall. These lights are recommended for rooms with low ceilings to give you that classy vibe. They’re usually 3 to 6 inches in size.
Track lights for the living room are suggested if you want to take some rest on the couch after a long day’s work. We wouldn’t want our lighting to be too dim or too bright. These lights are also directly pointed at somewhere so you can use these to illuminate the hallways or light the altar. Also, track lights can be used for your favorite artworks or your child’s first framed masterpiece as one of their functions is to illuminate a certain subject.
Task lights or lamps are used for specific activities. It could be set up on your table or beside your chair so you could see clearly while reading chapter 8 of your favorite novel. Task lights serve as “additional” brightness to an already lighted room for certain activities that would require more light, like writing a letter or working on your sewing machine.
Appropriate home lighting isn’t only for the aesthetic. These lights play different roles for your home like increasing productivity and supporting health (read upcoming blog on Circadian Rhythm). They all serve a different purpose and choosing the correct lights for every area can help you with your day to day tasks. Having the right lighting can also benefit your home safety. Choosing the correct lights for your halls or stairs can avoid slips and falls making your home a safe and secure space.
Hope we were able to enlighten you with these few tips! 💡
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