Lighting is one of the most important parts of your home. You need lights to do your daily activities; its amount and quality determines your mood and energy. With a well thought-out and designed lighting plan, you can make your home more practical, comfortable, budget- and eco-friendly. There are many rules of thumb to follow, but what are your preferences? We’re here to help you ask the right questions when planning your home’s lighting design.
Similar to walls, curtains, and furniture, the colour temperature of the lamps can significantly change the visuals of a room. The right temperature can smooth sharp lines and direct vision to certain parts of the room. However, it is not just about decoration and eyesight, a less-than-perfect colour temperature can affect your everyday mood by cheering you up or relaxing you at just the right time.
Light sources are classified into groups based on the colour of their light:
- Warm white: 3000 K
- Cool white: 4000 K
- Daylight: 6000 K
(Colour temperature, measured in kelvins (K), refers to “the relative blueness of light or more simply, how the light is perceived by the human eye)
In the many years of experiencing several installations, we have found some top tips for you in your home:
Where you are looking for a relaxing atmosphere, such as the lounge or bedroom, we recommend a warm white lighting colour scheme. It’s easy on the eye, relaxing, and very comfortable for a snooze on the couch or a hot chocolate in bed.
Looking for something a bit brighter for the kitchen, bathroom, office or hallway? Then let’s look at a cool white. Cool white lamps are ideal to create an area which will keep you alert for those 10am daily meetings, or when you’re looking for that etiquette touch baking an adventurous cake.
The colour daylight is very interesting as its designed to imitate the suns natural light. This colour is very much used in hospital theatres, hairdressing, and beauty salons sectors to allow precision when working.
Although there is no right or wrong when designing your home, it’s always best to experiment and have fun with your projects to find the best colour scheme that work well for you!
With the classic incandescent lightbulbs fading out from the market, you still have many options to choose from; however, most of them are LED-related. The good news is that LED (Light Emitting Diode) lightbulbs have around 50,000 active hours lifespan, and they have an eco-friendly electric consumption.
Lighting comes in many forms and shapes, so you will have full flexibility to choose the right brightness, colour temperature, and type of LED lighting.
Let’s plan your home’s lighting together
When you move to a new house or refurbish your home, the best way to start is to describe what activities you plan to do at home. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you work from home? Home office desks need the proper brightness carefully adjusted to what your eyes feel comfortable with long-term.
- What is your job? It might be surprising, but lighting can affect how work-friendly your home office is. Colder colour temperatures enhance concentration, while warmer colours are often associated with creativity.
- Is setting the mood important for you? If the answer is yes, you can use LED strip lights or LED spheres to set a peaceful, intimate, or even romantic environment. There is so much more to this landscape than ceiling lights.
- Do you need to separate the room for different activities? A great example is when the living room and kitchen are built in the same space. Did you know that instead of building a partition wall, you can use lighting to create the illusion of separation within a room? Two different, well-placed ceiling lights might do the trick, which you can enhance with wall lamps or small spotlights.
This is only scratching the surface of the limitless possibilities that you can achieve with lighting. Browse our inspiration for you page for further ideas; do sketches and be creative with lighting. It is 100% worth it!