LIGHTING YOUR HOME
Use lighting as a tool to make your home comfortable and inviting. Lighting should be picked specifically for your home in order to make the best of the space you have.
A good general light source, like a ceiling light, is needed in most rooms. This can be supplemented by task lights such as spot lights or desk lamps. In addition, wall lights and uplighters can accent highlights such as pictures and plants.
Consider a crystal chandelier or other statement piece for maximum impact.
Low ceiling rooms may need a flush or semi-flush light.
Halls and staircases often need a low hanging light with longer cable or chain, and smaller areas are best with recessed downlights to maximise space.
Wall lights are an excellent way of providing soft, low-level light, creating atmosphere and warmth. These can also provide a lot of light without taking up much space.
Floor lamps can be useful in providing pools of light and are an attractive way of brightening up darker areas.
If you have problems with your eyesight try a Mother & Child floor lamp, with an adjustable arm, for more intricate tasks.
Bathroom lighting should be both practical and stylish and comply with safety regulations related to the installation.
The bathroom is divided into zones (0, 1 & 2) to determine what level of contact they can have with water.
ENTRANCES, HALLS AND STAIRCASES
Entrances should be warm and welcoming –the lights used here can often be left burning for long periods, so use energy saving bulbs.
A hanging pendant can be used as a feature in a larger hall. Consider wall lights, or recessed down lights, if the ceiling is low or the hall is narrow. A table lamp on a side table with mirror above can add extra depth to a room and create a feeling of space.
Staircases should be well lit and the light direct to define the edge of the steps. A bright pendant lamp hanging at the top of the stairs will create a shadow that adds definition to the stair risers. This is another area where you might want to consider using an energy saving bulb.
Landings Often small areas with heavy traffic,flush fittings or recessed down lights can maximise space. Dimmer switches can be used to turn down light to a low level at night.
The living room will need a variety of lighting for the space to work best.
A combination of general overhead or wall lighting, as well as portable light sources such as table, floor or task lamps.
A ceiling fitting will probably be the main light source. For larger rooms with high ceilings multi-arm lights, available with five, eight or more, bulbs.
For smaller rooms a three-arm light should be sufficient. Semi-flush or flush fittings are the perfect answer for low ceilings, or bigger fittings may be height adjustable.
Wall lights are a good source of additional lighting whether focused up, down or both directions.
Try adding a dimmer switch to help achieve different moods. Accent lighting hidden behind cornices, bookshelves and glassware displays.
Highlight pictures and paintings with a picture light or use spotlights to highlight plants and ornaments.
Uplighters are ideal for a dark corner or to draw attention to a statement piece of art.
When watching television a soft ambient light is recommended as an aid to relaxed viewing.
Dining room lighting needs to be flexible.
The main source will be above the table – you may also need additional wall lighting or portable table lamps.
A rise and fall lamp provides a practical way to light the table while a pendant light, armed light or chandelier can be used to provide a central focus, even when switched off.
A floor standing arc light looks great over a dining table and creates an effective solution that doesn't require any wiring.
Use dimmable styles to alter the mood of the room and consider hanging a multi-arm pendant or several single pendants over a table. Cable lengths can usually be adjusted at installation.
The kitchen is the functional centre of a home and to ensure safety where liquids, hot objects and electrical appliances are used, a higher level of light is required.
A central light will give a good distribution of light – or a multi-head spot light bar will allow light to be directed over the sink, oven and fridge areas. A pendant can be used over a table or recessed downlighters over a kitchen breakfast bar.
Portable lighting with trailing flexes can be hazardous and should therefore only be used where safe.
Under cupboard fluorescent lights can be used to illuminate work surfaces.
Home Office General lighting can be supplemented by wall lights and uplighters. A spotlight bar is a great way of focusing light in work areas.
A good task lamp is essential with an adjustable arm, a bright, focused light and an accessible on/off switch. If space is at a premium, consider a Mother & Child style lamp – combining an uplighter with a task lamp.
The main source of light could be a dimmable ceiling fitting.
Touch base table lamps beside the bed allow varying levels of brightness and are great for bedtime reading.
Wall mounted lamps with an adjustable reading arm are useful as are 2 slim table lamps on a dressing table.
Consider a statement piece such as a chandelier to create atmosphere.
Lighting for children’s rooms should be safe, bright and colourful. Bright, general lighting will be needed plus a task lamp for use on a desk. Wall and ceiling lights are good sources of general lighting. A night light or a touch base lamp, which provide up to 3 different levels of light, are good for young children who prefer a small level of light when sleeping.
Bathroom lighting needs to be functional and safe.
The Bathroom is divided into three zones: 0, 1 and 2 to determine likely exposures to water.
Each fitting is given an IP (Ingress Protection) rating which relates to its water resistance. Only light fittings suitable for the relevant zone should be used.
Avoid lighting which is too bright as the polished surfaces may cause glare; diffused wall or ceiling lights are better.
The main light should be switched on by a pull cord of a light switch situated outside the bathroom. Glass or ceramic lights are best.
It is wise to avoid those containing wood, leather or fabric as they can degrade in a humid atmosphere.
Zone 0: Lights rated in this category are suitable for inside the bath or shower.
Zone 1: Lights in this category are suitable for above the bath or shower to a height of 2.25m.
Zone 2: Lights rated as suitable for Zone 2 can be put in the area stretching to 0.6m outside the bath or shower if over 2.25m.
Bathroom lights with opal-effect glass provide a soft diffused light.
Glass shades are an ideal choice and won’t deteriorate in a humid atmosphere. Being able to see well when shaving or applying make-up is essential.
Consider a well-illuminated mirror with low energy bulbs or a light over a mirror to provide a strong pool of well-directed light.
Outside lighting is IP-rated: the higher the rating, the more resistant the fitting is to the elements.
All external lights should be waterproof, durable and compliant with safety regulations related to the installations.
As outdoor lights are often left on for many hours, energy saving bulbs should be used where possible.
If you want any more tips on how to light your home, please do not hesitate to contact us as we are happy to help with all enquiries.