Lighting design transforms a space from average to exceptional. No matter the space, creating separation between darkness and light will enhance the feel of a room. Lighting will define points of interest and a add touch of sparkle and richness.
Lighting and Exposure
Determine how much daylight a room gets, and what the space will be used for – as task lighting is different than ambient lighting. If the front of your home (or office) gets more sunlight than the back, then you’re lighting requirements will differ throughout. As exterior light changes throughout the day a dimmer switch can help regulate interior light (and prevent a room from becoming over lit). Lighting control systems are another option for managing light. Used in both residential and commercial spaces, these systems also help with energy savings and security (turning lights on and off while you’re out of town).
Types of Lighting
Lighting can be the supporting element in a room, or the star attraction. Think dramatic chandelier. However lamps and ceiling fixtures are only the beginning. Cove lighting, hidden in a ceiling detail, creates a soft light that brightens the entire room, while in-floor lighting produces a wash of light that brings textures (like stone detailing) to life. Use wall focused light to highlight your newest art purchase, and under cabinet lighting in the kitchen to reduce shadows for a much brighter work surface. Residential and commercials properties are even starting to bring in stair lighting to highlight the path of travel.
Energy Efficiency Lighting
Energy efficient lighting options have come a long way since the introduction of fluorescents years ago. You can now purchase energy star fixtures, and LED bulbs (available in a variety of colours and brightness levels) can even be retrofitted into standard incandescent sockets. Cool light will make a room look cold, so choose a warm white or daylight bulb for residential spaces. Coloured LEDs are great to add a bit of punch to a lobby or commercial space. One of the easiest energy saving tips is to add a dimmer switch to every room. Doing this will reduce your utility costs and allow you to quickly alter the mood of a room.