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How the White House Uses Lighting

White House DC

Whatever we know about American politics, one thing is for sure - whoever happens to be president gets to live in the White House.

The stunning building located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC is indeed home to the President of the United States. Containing 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, it's safe to say it needs a lot of light. But what can we learn about home lighting from the White House? Let's take a look.

Exterior Lighting

The world-famous fascia of the White House is beautifully lit up at all times, ensuring that it is visible from long distance day or night. The hedges of the fantastically landscaped garden contain upplight that add to the overall illumination. The central fountain is also powerfully lit up, bringing a completeness to the whole effect of the exterior lighting. The lights also provide extra security, guaranteeing that any suspicious activity is made clear and visible.

The same can be done in your own home's garden. Using well placed garden and path lights, you can illuminate plants and displays to great effect. At the same time, pathways to the building are made clear and safe. Potential burglars will also most likely be deterred by the use of flood lights in yard or garden.

White House. China Room

Layered Lighting

The China Room (above) displays a variety of light sources, including ceiling chandelier and wall sconces and case lights. All these different lighting methods are essential in creating a layered look that shows off every angle and fine detail of the grand room. And this isn't the only room in the White House that takes this approach.

Layered lighting can be a good idea in your own home too. By using a combination of different sources and effects, you can highlight your room in comfort. Layered lighting means bringing different lighting styles together for different purposes. So, rather than simply relying on an overall central light for everything required in the room, you can use task lighting for specifics, such as a desk light, and accent lighting to highlight featured artworks and furniture.

Natural Light

White House. Blue Room

The White House includes huge rooms, and you could be forgiven in thinking that they might get a bit dark without any natural light. Well, that's where the large windows come in. With the curtains opened up, the windows bring in a substantial amount of light. Flowing through to illuminate the whole space, the use of windows and natural light shows us the advantage of keeping these spaces clear.

While it's likely that you won't have presidential style windows at your disposal, there are still some things you do to capture the maximum amount of natural light. Open blinds and curtains to let in the sun as much as possible. Clever use of mirrors reflects natural lights and can make smaller spaces seem much bigger. As well as placing mirrors on desks and tables, consider hanging them on a wall angled to the windows.

Correct Use of Colour

White House. State Dining Room

The White House also displays a great awareness of different colour temperatures and their effects. The State Dining Room (above) uses cool whites and pale shades from the wall lights bringing a rightfully dignified look to the room. A clean cooler light is exactly the right choice to highlight the immaculate precision of the tables, chairs and surrounding art works.

This room shows us how a cool white light can be a great option for showing off distinctive taste and settings. While your dining room may not be quite as substantial as the presidents, it can still be illuminated using similar methods.