A room-by-room guide to lighting

Posted in: Electrical Tips for the Home

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There is no cure-all when it comes to lighting solutions for your house. Each room is used for a different purpose, each room has its own array of complementary (or not) furniture, and each room has a mood. Walking through a house can be like walking through different moods, and nothing accentuates that better than using the right lighting. If a good electrician wired the lighting, then your home may be perfectly moody. Of course, there can be no hard-and-fast rules with lighting, especially when the lighting from one room spills over to the next, but here is a guide, room-by-room, to lighting up your house’s moods.

  • Lounge. The lounge is your family’s hub, the place where you all gather to watch movies or spend the evening together. It can be used for other things too: drawing or writing; homework, reading or simply just chatting with friends. Hopefully you’ll have some natural light in your lounge. This neutral lighting is the best for daytime hours. During the night it’s best to have a few different options. You may want a dim light for movie-watching and a bright light for reading or other activities. A dimmer is a good idea for your lounge. Another option is lamps; using diffuse lighting to create a soft glow.
  • Kitchen. The kitchen is a place where focus is needed. Having a bright light on your kitchen bench is a must, even if the rest of the kitchen is at a mid-range brightness. Overhead lighting is the best for this.
  • Bedroom. Finding the right lighting for your bedroom is very much a personal choice. It depends on what you use your bedroom for, whether you share it with anyone else and how large it is. Lamps are a big consideration, it may be that you use lamps exclusively in your bedroom, illuminating only your bed, a desk and the rest for diffuse lighting.
  • Bathroom. The lighting in your bathroom is functional in purpose. You need to be able to see what you’re doing but as for comfort — light doesn’t really come in to it. However, illuminating the mirror, for instance, will help you see yourself better.
  • Children’s room. The lighting in your child’s room will be a reflection of what they use their room for. Playing requires light, so be sure to have a good mix of natural light and overhead lights. Your child may wish for a nightlight if they’re younger, or a dimmer may be an option. If they’re a bit older they will need a lamp for their bedside table and possibly also a lamp on their desk for use whilst doing homework.

Whether you want to create a mood or match an existing mood, there is a lighting option for you. Ask an electrical services company for advice, or shop around online. Most importantly, you need to be happy with your choices.