Making Lighting a Priority - Lighting Style
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Making Lighting a Priority - A Guide to Getting it Right


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Lighting is sometimes a neglected part of making a home. All too often, we only give it enough thought when there's a power cut or replacements lights need to be bought. When you add in the staggering amount of choice available in lighting products, working out a lighting redesign can be overwhelming. So with so much to consider, where should you begin?

The Importance of Lighting

The right type of lighting will showcase all the hard work you've put in to designing a home-space. Good design practise often gets let down by not having a full appreciation for what effects are offered by the various products, or by simply buying the cheapest ones available.

For example, some less expensive LED downlights simply cover a space in wide angles of light. The better quality premium LED downlights provide a narrower beam of light, fully bringing out the colour and detail in a room. People often don't realise the technical differences, so it's a common mistake to simply shop according to price.

Lighting design might be left until the last minute after all other jobs have been completed. This can leave the designer with less time or budget to fully explore all possibilities. This would be an error, as lighting stands out as one of the most important factors in bringing out the best in a home.

Paying attention to lighting can make a huge difference in making a space different from what is expected. To really stand out from the crowd, the home needs to be properly lit up.

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Deciding Which Lighting Works Best for You

Firstly, you should consider what sort of light you need, and how it will work in a particular space. Take time to think about how you like to live, and the various parts of the home that need new lighting installed.

In a bedroom you might like to have a lamp for reading, or possibly for putting on makeup near a mirror. Having a purpose for the lighting is key to working out how and why it is to be applied.

If you need a light in the bedroom, you would light the area around the bed, but not the bed itself. Similarly, if you're designing a relaxed living room space you might want to be able to change the lighting levels with a dimmer switch.

On the other hand, if you're working on the kitchen area you might be more inclined to go for a vivid, bright light so that cooking activity is fully illuminated. How any why lighting levels are being used is central to finding their best use.

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Functionality and Aesthetic Design

Functional lighting design provides a way of seeing the things you need to see. That could be the oven in the kitchen, the mirror in the bathroom or books in the bedroom. A secondary product of lighting is the aesthetic and artistic effect that is produced. This can be approached by asking yourself what kind of effect you wish to achieve in the room.

For example, if you have a framed piece of art in a room, different kinds of wall lighting can be used to bring out the artwork to its best. LED strip lighting is another way to produce a remarkably different effect in an interior.

Overall, lighting is more than purely practical. By thinking about the effects a new lighting design will bring alongside its functional usage, you can find the best lighting style for your home.