The lighting in a room can really set the look and feeling for a certain space. Good lighting allows us to perform tasks or just feel more comfortable when we are sitting in a room. Bad lighting can make performing tasks difficult and can destroy the ambience of a room. Here are some tips for choosing lighting for your home:
Consider what you will be doing in each room of the house.
The best electricians in Calgary are experts when it comes to lighting. They can help you determine what your lighting goals are for each room. For example, do you need direct or task lighting over counters, tables and other work spaces? Would you like the general ambient lighting to be complimented by accent and/or task lighting? Would you like cozy night lighting installed in the nursery or kid’s rooms? Decide what kind of ambiance you want in each room and what function you need the light to serve.
Use layered lighting in the kitchen and living room.
These rooms are where most of your time is spent when you are at home and you will be using them for different reasons and to perform different tasks throughout the day. That is why you need a variety of lighting types. In the kitchen, you might have the general ambient light to light up the room complimented by under cabinetry lighting to lighten up the counter and provide good task lighting for preparing meals.
In the living room, floor or table lamps can create a cozy atmosphere when complimented with the general ambient lighting. Both rooms can have accent lighting shining on your favourite painting or other home décor items.
If you have high ceilings, use recessed lighting.
Recessed lighting is commonly known as pot-lights. These lights can be inserted in the ceiling with the fixture inside. They are subtle, directional and can be connected to dimmer switches to allow you to control the brightness of the room depending on your mood. Sometimes using a fancy light fixture on a high ceiling looks awkward, and the fixture is unable to light the room as effectively as recessed lighting. Learn how to choose recessed lighting.
Choose a timeless chandelier and be careful where it’s placed.
Chandeliers change style and if you’re not careful, your chandelier can date your space before you know it. Choose a chandelier with a simple, timeless design rather than something too fancy and ornate that will quickly fall off-trend. Then as your décor changes in the home, the chandelier will seamlessly fit in. Also, make sure you don’t purchase a chandelier that will not give enough head room underneath, especially if it’s in an area that people walk through. Otherwise you’ll be constantly bumping your head!
Motion censored lights outside can improve home security.
Keeping a light on outside can improve both the safety and security of your home. Since your neighbours won’t appreciate a light on all night, consider installing flood lights on a motion sensor on the corners of your home. This will deter potential intruders without bothering your neighbours.
Hiring an electrical company can help you choose and install the right lighting for your personal tastes and needs. Read more articles about electricians.