Choosing the best lighting for your home can be quite challenging. There are bright lights, dim lights, hanging lights, wall lights (wall sconce), chandelier lights, LED lights, and so many other lights! Selecting the ideal lights takes a lot of time and effort. For example, make sure you choose lights that serve a practical purpose, provide the appropriate amount of lighting, and have a stylistic element to complement the room's aesthetic. If you want to learn about the right light fixtures, you have come to the right place. Let us get started because there is a lot to talk about!
Before deciding on the light fixtures, you need to learn about the types of lighting.
There are three different kinds of lighting... What exactly are they?
Let us start with the various styles of lighting you must choose from:
- Ambient Lighting
- Task Lighting
- Accent Lighting
The primary source of light in a room is usually ambient lighting. They could be anything from recessed lighting to overhead fixtures. Your contractor will usually decide on the amount of ambient lighting in a room. He or she would most likely calculate lighting in "foot-candles," which means how bright a light is when it is one foot away from the source. In most cases, brighter lighting is needed in kitchens and bathrooms.
Task lighting is used for specific tasks, such as reading a book or applying makeup in front of a mirror. These lights are never used to illuminate an entire room; rather, they are used to focus on a specific region.
Task lights are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be hung on the wall, placed on a desk, or embedded in a mirror.
The most decorative lighting in a space is accent lighting. These lights are usually used to highlight something in the house that you love, such as a painting, fireplace, or bookshelf. In general, these lights draw attention to something that all your visitors can see.
Accent lights can be plain and elegant, but they can also be extravagant and out-of-the-box. Accent lights include chandeliers, sconces, and lamps.
Now that we have covered the 3 types of lighting, let us dig into the lightning schemes.
Each room needs a different lighting scheme… what could it be?
Since the entryway is the first thing visitors notice as they enter your house, you will want to make it welcoming and friendly. Do not use a slew of task and accent lights. Instead, place a chandelier in the center of the ceiling (this works well with tall ceilings).
It is fine if you do not have a high ceiling. Choose a lighting fixture that emits a soft glow.
Why Chandeliers? Because they are beautiful. Chandeliers are mounted ceiling light fixtures that make a statement. They are often used over dining tables, in larger living rooms, and in foyers and entryways.
The living room is there for entertainment and relaxation. You can shift towards a ‘brighter side’ if necessary, but you will not want to do so all the time. The best buddies you will have here are floor lamps, table lamps, and wall sconces.
Dimmer switches are also useful in living rooms because they allow you to set the brightness according to the mood.
The dining room needs enough light for you to converse and eat comfortably at the dinner table; however, this does not necessitate purchasing LED lights!
Instead, consider hanging a chandelier in the center of the dining room table. If you do not like the look of a chandelier, buy a couple of hanging pendant lights, and install them over the dining room table.
Different areas of the kitchen require different lighting schemes, making it difficult to manage. For example, bright lighting should be installed over the kitchen island, while dimmers should be installed in areas of the kitchen that are not used as often.
Pendant lights are the perfect option for large sinks or an open bar. They can also be used to hang over a kitchen island depending on their style and brightness.
Warm lighting is all that is needed in the bedroom. You may want to go for task lighting in the bedroom so you can read while relaxing or watching TV with a lamp by your bedside table.
The bathroom is one of the few places in the house where bright light is needed. As these areas are the main focal points in the bathroom, sconces and bright LED lights are suggested above the mirrors. Be sure to position these lights near your face, as this is where you will get the most use out of them.