Light Your Home - 2
Well-lit interiors require many sources of light. Different areas of the house have varied lighting requirements ...
Halls require warm welcoming light. But not too bright.
Positition door light next to the front door.
Use indirect light from soft pendants / lanterns
Dining Areas :
Require soft & subtle light
Low level pendant fittings provide soft light and focus the dining area
Dimmer switches essential in dining areas.
Living Rooms :
Living rooms need lights at different levels.
Chandeliers with low level lights should be used with other directional & background lights.
Living rooms usually require 4-5 different light sources for effective lighting
Uprights make the room look bigger.
Avoid using downlight since they reduce furniture placement options.
For reading zones, use directional lights.
Display cabinets / niches require spotlights, strip lights.
Always use dimmers for living room light
Avoid light behind television -- causes eye strain.
Study / Workrooms :
Require directional diffused light.
Reduce contrast between directional & diffused light
Bedrooms require combination of diffused, directional and information lights.
No overhead fixtures.
Use adjusters next to door and next to main door
Provide for information lights -- skirting fixtures -- for night time use
Helpful to have a closet light when you open the cupboard door.
Best to have concealed and recessed lights.
Wall hung cabinets should have closet lights
All bathroom fixtures should be enclosed.
Wall lights and down lights are ideal for bathrooms
Ideal to have lights on either side of mirror supplemented by background lighting
Lights on either side of mirror ideal for applying makeup
Garden Lights :
Low level lights are best -- positioned for highlighting foliage and branches.
Background light produced by bouncing light off a plain surface gives enough evening illumination