You don’t have to paint your walls, change your drapes, install a carpet, tear out the hardwood or change your bathroom tiles to give your home a makeover – all you need are lamps and bulbs, and you can turn the inside of your home from dreary to dreamy within as little as a weekend.
There’s a price-point to consider, as well. Intelligent lighting is cheaper lighting – and that’s an extra plus to consider when learning about lighting your home. The energy-efficient LED technology that has become the standard is expected to take up more of the market over time – currently, LED and green traditional lighting are at a tie of about roughly $40 billion in global value. By 2020, the LED market is forecast to be twice as large as the green traditional market.
It’s not rocket science, but it does require a little bit of thought – and a couple handy tips. So, dive right into the world of modern lighting and find out just how much you can control your indoor mood with the power of luminescence.
First, Identify Natural Light
Every house is a bit different in this regard. Natural light is exactly what it sounds like – like produced naturally, usually within the context of sunlight. The amount of natural light within your home depends on the position of the sun relative to your home on any given time of day, and on the location of your windows. It also depends on other factors – your curtains, the color within your home, and so on.
But largely, when we talk about natural light, it’s the groundwork upon which the rest of your lighting work will depend. Usually, southern windows enjoy the most consistent natural light in the home – unless you’re living in the southern hemisphere, in which case it’s the northern side that enjoys the sun. The east enjoys most of the morning light, and the west enjoys most of the afternoon’s sun, while the side of the home facing away from the equator receives colder, harsher light than the direct light of the sun nearest to the equator.
Adjust your curtains throughout the day depending on how you would like your access to natural light to accentuate your home. You can also use mirrors and bright furniture to maximize the amount of light reflected in your home, and you can set up task lighting like table lamps in areas close to windows, so you can still enjoy warm light in the winter when lighting becomes cold. Keeping curtains open in the morning to the east and throughout the day to the south can help your home soak in heat and even save money on your heating bill – and it’ll give you access to a pleasant supply of sunlight. Once you’re familiar with working with the natural light within your home
Next, Build Your Plan
The next step in lighting your home the easy way is to sit down and consider what each and every room in your home is actually for. What will you be doing? Where will you usually be facing? How much concentration will you require? A study room would be best served with a bright, cold light in a part of the room where it does not lead you to cast a shadow while you’re working – a simple desk light and ceiling light combination can do the trick, and you’ll notice better concentration on your work.
Same goes for the kitchen – stronger lighting means better concentration on the task at hand. You don’t want to be experiencing headaches while you’re trying to cut up a host of onions, and you really don’t want to cast a shadow on your mealtime preparations, and make it harder to see the details of what you’re doing.
The opposite is true in lounge rooms, or rooms meant for relaxation and entertainment. Dim lights are best for rooms meant for Netflix and chill, whereas your bedroom should have a warm, welcoming light as well. Harsher lights, such as the blue light from electronics, are good for working because they disrupt your body’s ability to fall asleep and do battle with your circadian body rhythm says the Washington Post – but that’s not something you want when you’re trying to sleep.
If you like to read, however, consider having a warmly-lit room, but a reading nook with harsher light. Dim lights make for bad reading lighting because of the strain that puts on your eyes.
Look for the Right Lighting Solutions
When you know what you need, it’s a matter of finding the right lights for your home. Reputed companies like Lumens offer you the best shot at modern lighting solutions – especially in the way of energy-efficient installations that best fit your home’s style and feel, and thus don’t look out-of-place or are overtly attention-drawing.
Lighting should be central in the planning of a home’s interior, but from a visual perspective it’s rather low-key, exercising its influence mostly through subtlety.