When it comes to designing your home, lighting is one of the most powerful design tools, that can drastically transform your home.
By assessing each room from how you use each space, where you need the light to be, to scale and size and the levels of natural light in each room. You can determine the best positioning, style and amount of light you need. When walking through your home or sitting with your plans, it can be really helpful to consider the following:
- What will each space be used for? this should include all possible uses of each room. Is the kitchen also a dining room, a place where your kids will do their homework? Will it be used for evening dinners and social gatherings? Is your spare bedroom also an office space?
- Will there be key pieces of furniture, artwork on your walls or any architectural features such as fireplaces or window seats that you want to highlight in any of your rooms?
- Who will be using each room? It is worth considering that someone over 60 generally needs 15 times more light than a twelve-year-old would.
- When do you use the room or space the most? This is also worth considering because if you only use a room in the evening for relaxing, the being able to dim your lights will be a great advantage and need to be planned in early on with your electrician.
This week we're looking at ceiling lights.
Rooms with very high ceilings work well with large or low-level pendants, particularly when they are grouped over tables or kitchen islands. For a lower ceiling, elegant spotlights can work better. Especially those that can be angled to an area that needs more light cast on it. Or if you're wanting to work with feature lighting, flush ceiling lights can work beautifully too. With ceiling pendants, you are often able to adjust the height to ensure it works perfectly in your space.
Here is a handy guide to working out how much light you will need:
To easily calculate the amount of light needed for a particular room, work out the size of the space in square metres. Allow roughly 25 watts per metre (250 lumens). Please note, that this light does not come from a single source, it can come from a combination of different lights - ceiling, wall and table or floor lamps too.
Here is a selection of our new lighting collection to inspire you. You can shop our full collection here
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