Guide to Lighting Your Home

Guide to Lighting Your Home

Winter is coming, the sun is not out as long as it used to be and having the correct lighting in your home is much more important now. Great lighting is important for living and always helps to sell a home. Getting the lighting just right can open up your home and give it a completely different look and feel. We will go room by room and make sure that you get the lighting for your home just right. 

Forms of Lighting

There are 3 basic forms of lighting:

Ambient: This is the light used to make the room easily maneuverable 

Accent: This is used to light up a particular area like a fireplace or a painting

Task: This is used to give appropriate light for accomplishing a task for example a desk lamp that allows you to do work. 

Living Room 

The living room is usually one of the largest spaces and can present a challenge for lighting. Track and recessed lighting are useful to provide general lighting while table lamps and floor lamps can help illuminate dark corners. You may also want some accent lighting if you have an important feature such as a fireplace in your home. 

Your hobbies can also dictate how you light your home. If you like to watch movies you may want lights located to not create glare on a television screen. You may also need more lights in your home to facilitate reading. Lighting based on hobbies is good for living in your home but not needed if you are looking to sell. Make sure to think about this when you are getting ready to show your home. 

Bedrooms

These usually have lighting installed in the ceiling. If they do not or this is not efficient you can add lamps on the nightstand or on the walls. Having a few lighting sources could give you options that help to set the mood whether you are just waking up or going to bed. Bedrooms are also a good place to install dimmers. 

Kitchen

The Kitchen in many ways is the heart of the home. This room needs lighting to accomplish tasks swell as becomes a more intimate place for gathering. Having bright lights to facilitate work is important. Under-cabinet lights can also be installed to help more finite tasks be done more easily. Hanging lights are a good option over breakfast bars and islands. Using recessed lighting on a dimmer can give you the option of more intimate lighting as well as bright lighting for those gloomy days. 

Entranceway 

This is the first impression of the home. A pendant light or chandelier can be a great way to make a statement. This can be a bright way to open up the home from the very front door.

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