Four Principles Of Home Lighting Design

Lighting plays an important role in creating mood, atmosphere, and tone in a room. People are experimenting with light for design purposes and are doing it while exercising environmental consciousness. If you ask any lighting design professional to help you out with your home's lighting layout, they might tell you about some of these lighting design principles. 


Layers of light can be categorized as task, ambient, decorative, or accent lights. Each layer has a different effect, and knowing which to use can help you achieve the best lighting in a space. Task lights are specific lights in specific areas; for example, a light over a bathroom mirror. Ambient lights are basically general lighting, and lights like chandeliers make up the decorative lighting category and accent lights highlight certain features. The lights can vary by function, and most rooms have more than one layer of lighting.


Colors can be either warm or coo,l and this is referred to as the temperature. Also, colors have a color rendering index which runs from a scale of 0 to 100. If you want the color of a room to be best represented, a CRI of 80 or more would give you the trueness of the room's color.  CRI and layered lighting can influence a space and can make a room appear bigger or smaller than it really is. The key to a good color and space ratio is manipulation.


There are basically three types of lights; incandescent, fluorescent, and LED lights.  Incandescent lights are the yellow bulbs with the filament wires in them. Fluorescent bulbs are energy efficient yet have a longer life than incandescent bulbs. They contain mercury. LED lights are the most efficient sources of lights. They are the most expensive lights and emit light when current is connected.


People often overlook controllers and light switches. The location of these things is very important. Controllers would include dimmers for changing the mood and increasing the longevity of bulbs. Sensors turn lights on and off when people enter and leave a room; these are energy savers. Having one switch to control all the lights in your house is a good idea, so you won't have to walk from room to room to turn off lights before bed. The location of the light switch should also be convenient and having multiple switches is okay. A good place to have a switch is near your bed.