The Ultimate Interior Lighting Guide

In any given room, you’ll need a variety of different lighting solutions, depending on what it is that you’re doing. For instance, you might need more light to chop onions than to watch TV with. In most rooms you don’t want the light to be too bright, but you do need to be able to see what you’re doing at the same time. Therefore having a combination of lighting will help make sure that you have the level of brightness you need.

Which Room?

Unless your home is open plan, your house is divided up into rooms with different purposes. Therefore you should be able to plan your light sources. The living room is used for a variety of different activities, so lots of light is necessary. Use a combination of floor lamps and table lamps as well as your main ceiling light to create light sources that shine at different levels of brightness. You could alternatively have lights on a dimmer system so you can adjust them as and when you need to.

On the other hand, the kitchen is a task orientated room, and therefore needs bright light so you can focus on the job. Overhead spotlighting and strip lighting underneath cabinets works really well in the kitchen.

The bedroom is another room that requires a variety of lighting solutions. A cosy bedroom can be created with ambient lighting, but task lighting is also necessary if you read or do your make up in the bedroom.

On first thoughts the bathroom is a place that requires only task lighting, but if you have a bath, you may want to also have softer lighting too. Traditional lighting for the bathroom comes in recessed spotlights, which are waterproof and you can angle them on to certain features such as the shower. Ambient lighting can be created through the use of candles or a softer bulb.

Types of Lights

Overhead – overhead lights come in many different forms, from flush mounts to pendants and spotlights. There are different styles depending on what style you want to create. A flush mount is good for the bathroom as it is very illuminating, and a pendant works well in rooms with high ceilings.

Recessed Spotlights – these are spotlights that are embedded into the wall or ceiling. Ideal for rooms with low ceilings and bathrooms, they are inconspicuous and modern ones look very stylish.

Track Lights – these are spotlights that are adjustable in two ways; you can slide it along the track as well as adjusting the angle. These lights are excellent for emphasising artwork.

Sconces – a sconce is traditionally a holder of a candle that is affixed to a wall, but now can hold electrical light sources. They provide a softer light that works in many different rooms.

Lamps – a lamp can provide task lighting and mood lighting, depending on how it is positioned, and work in many rooms. If you’re looking for lighting for your home, then take a look at Scotlight Direct Limited for a range of lighting solutions at an affordable price.

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