There is much more to lighting up your home than putting a fixture in the middle of the ceiling to provide sufficient illumination to see.

Lighting can make or break the ambience of a home. It can make a home seem bright and inviting or drab and gloomy. The right feature can create a stunning talking point while a bad choice can be a talking point for the wrong reasons!

Whether you are planning lighting for a single space or entire house, doing a reno or a new build, there are a surprising amount of things to consider.

Two key aspects are functionality and aesthetic. Read on for tips to help choose the right lighting for your home.


Light in layers

How are you using the room you’re trying to light?

Believe it or not, many people don’t think about this but it is a particularly important consideration for open plan living or multipurpose rooms.

For example, if you are lighting a sitting room, a central pendant or chandelier may provide sufficient ambient light for socialising or watching TV. However, wall sconces or directional lighting to provide illumination to read or crotchet (believe me… plenty of people are doing this now) by will provide an additional level of functionality.

Bathrooms and kitchens are other areas where multiple layers of lighting are often used. Think lighting around mirrors and vanities, or in drawers and cabinets. Track or recessed lighting is a another way of layering lights and is a good solution for large areas such as kitchen benches.

Keep it efficient

There are many types of bulbs available, many of which offer more energy efficient options than traditional lights.

LED bulbs are 80% more efficient than halogen bulbs, have a cooler operating temperature (halogen can get dangerously hot!) and are available as dimmable. They also have a much longer lifespan.

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) are also more efficient than halogen (75%) and are available in variable warm or cool light options at various wattages. CFL bulbs can be bulky so aren’t suitable for all fittings and are not dimmable.

Karbon bulbs have an exposed filament and offer a soft light. They are quite popular for use in pendants.

You can read more about different globes here.

Switch it up

There is nothing worse than fumbling in the dark for a light switch. Planning switch placement is almost as important as positioning the lights themselves! There are many modern switch options these days, including remote switching via apps or main control panels. For tricky areas or outdoors, you may opt for a sensor.

Dimmers are a great addition for areas that require a variable amount of light such as bedrooms. Just keep in mind this will impact the type of bulb you use.


Keep it consistent

Lighting can help maintain a sense of flow in your house design or be used as a standout feature. You can get light fittings to match any décor style, whether that be modern, colonial, industrial etc.

Think about lighting as another aspect of the design of your house – after all, you may love that art deco chandelier but if you have a beach house vibe happening with the rest of your décor, chances are it will stick out like a sore thumb rather than a beautiful feature.

Consistency is also important when looking at the type of light bulbs used. As there are variances is the type of light emitted (cool, warm etc) it is important these work together.

Make a point

A beautiful statement chandelier or pendant light can create a real talking point in your home.

However, lighting can be used to create focal points in other ways, such as illuminating artwork, furniture or even a display cabinet. Think creatively about the aspects of your house and decor that you wish to show off, and plan your lighting to bring out the best in your home.

Engage an expert

Many lighting stores have specialists in lighting design on staff who can help you choose the right lighting for your home.

For example, Beacon Lighting offers both in-store and in-home design options. They also have an app which allows your to take a picture of your room and add a lighting fixture to see how it will look in the space.

An interior designer or even your builder should also be able to offer you advice on lighting options.

Be sure to do your research as there are so many great choices out there!

For more information on creating the perfect lighting in your home, the Kichler website also has some great tips for each room.

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