JD Mastertip: Best Tips on Planning for Your Home Lighting
The main purpose of lighting is to provide illumination for us to perform our daily tasks once the day turns dark. Aside from the obvious however, an important factor to consider is how our eyes are affected, as poor lighting can lead to eyestrain and may even cause long-term eye damage. Children are especially susceptible to eye damage due to poor lighting as their eyes are still in the growing stage. Besides, have you ever wonder why some homes feel inviting, warm and pleasant? This is because lighting plays another pivotal role in setting the mood of the room environment. These two reasons are why good planning is so essential when it comes to your home lighting.
Step 1 – Sufficient Power Points
Sufficient power points are always the prerequisite towards good lighting planning. Whether you are building a new home or refurbishing an existing home, make sure your lights can be powered in the right places. We recommend dropping into our showroom to get an expert advice on your home lighting design, which will be tailored to your ideal budget.
Step 2 – Direct & Indirect Lighting
Our eyes are able to absorb direct and indirect lighting. Direct lighting, such as staring at the sun, is mostly unshielded and harsh so an indirect approach to lighting is preferential and more beneficial to the eyes. Indirect lighting relies on reflections from walls and ceilings to generate a general soft light. There are various methods of indirect lighting. The light source could be concealed within a ceiling, integrated behind a curtain blind or wall recess.
In order to provide a wide lighting angle, make sure the light source is located at an adequate distance to the area to be illuminated. The light source should be above eye-level to avoid sudden harsh, blinding light. Ceiling uplighters should not be mounted below 1.70 metres. Please note: Small rooms with low ceilings require good planning before opting for uplighters, since their effect could be vastly diminished.
Step 3 – Basic Lighting
Basic lighting covers our daily lighting needs. Make sure the light source is shielded and has a wide beam angle so that it produces a soft, spread light for basic illumination. LED downlights are a very popular choice for basic illumination. We recommend LED for downlights as they are much more energy efficient, longer lasting and cost efficient over the long run. Oyster lights are another popular choice as they act as the central light in smaller-sized rooms. Another great option is ceiling fans with LED light integrated, that way we get the much needed airflow without sacrificing the central light source.
Step 4 – Mood Lighting
Once the basic lighting layout is satisfied, we can move on to mood lighting. Mood lighting uses specific lighting effects to highlight objects in the room such as architectures, paintings, sculptures, reading areas and working spaces to create the right atmosphere. Mood lighting is where you can add your own unique touches to create the perfect home. It is the ultimate step to creating the ideal lighting balance. We recommend using chandeliers, pendant lights, desk and floor lamps, wall lights and spotlights as the tools for mood lighting.
Step 5 – Outdoor lighting
Once the indoor lighting layout is complete, don’t forget your outdoor area too! It is important to space your light source appropriately so that you can perform your daily chores at night, such as laundry tasks. Use outdoor wall lights with good IP rating as the basic lighting foundation around the house, and outdoor sensor spotlights for the front and driveway to provide extra security against theft. You can equally apply our mood lighting principles to your outdoor area by using spotlights to highlight key architectural areas such as the house beams to create a warm and inviting feeling for your guests.