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There’s no uniform solution to lighting a home. Different room shapes and sizes, the use of windows, and even features like cabinets all change what kind of lighting is best for each room and for your home.
Rather than providing a one-size-fits-all solution, we’ve put together some tips (and things to avoid) when you’re designing your home lighting system.
#1 Light your way across your dayLighting serves more purposes than simply illuminating a room. It can be used to make tasks easier, set a mood, and provide safety in your home.
Make the most of your home and your lighting solutions by deciding what you want your lighting to do in each room.
For example, task lighting works well in kitchens because it allows you to turn on lights directly in your workspace without having to light up the whole room. These are great in dining rooms as well because you can use overhead lighting to create a bright space or change the mood of the meal.
Don’t forget about adding lights to unexpected places. Under-the-counter lights in kitchens and bathrooms allow you to travel around your home at night without turning all the lights on.
#2 Avoid overusing recessed downlightsIt’s tempting to install recessed downlights everywhere because they’re touted as being inexpensive and they seem like the easiest way to get the most light in a room.
While recessed downlights serve a function, they aren’t sufficient for lighting vertical surfaces. That means that it creates a cave-like feeling.
#3 Create layers of lighting
Using recessed downlights and similar styles of lighting seems strategic and easy when you’re first designing a room, but the room ultimately ends up looking like a cave or a convention hall.
If you want to add lighting to add character or warmth to the room, you need to create layers of lighting.
Adding overhead lighting is a good start, but it serves more as a foundation of light than a fully functional lighting system. You’ll need to add task lighting, including overhead task lighting and lamps.
Essentially, turning off the lights in the room should be a process. If you walk from one-floor lamp to another and can create gradual darkness in different parts of the room before turning off the final light, then you have layered correctly.
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