Lighting is just one of the many details to consider when you are involved with building a new home. But once you have decided upon the perfect floor plan for your family and somewhere what style of siding you will have, it is time to turn your attention toward interior details, including lighting. You have great flexibility is setting the mood or theme of your house when you lay out the plans for lighting.
Designer Christopher Lowell is well-known for stage lighting and has now expanded his scope to include home lighting. Christopher is able to explain lighting principles and techniques in a way that we can apply them to home lighting. The best time to think about home lighting is while you are in the planning stages. According to Lowell, it is the characteristics of the light itself that are important, not just the source of the light. What you are looking for is not just the kind of light fixture and what it looks like. Instead you should focus on the function of the light in creating the right mood for the area.
Light in a particular room can come from four categories of lighting: natural light, ceiling lights, up-lights, and mid-range lights. Natural light is the light that naturally enters the room through windows and skylights. Ceiling lights, of course, are the lights that are attached to the ceiling. Ceiling lights can be recessed or hanging. Up-lights are a type of spotlight that is aimed up and up-lights usually sit on the floor. Finally, mid-range lights are the lamps that light an area of the room.
Lighting that comes from up-lights are generally located in corners and require an outlet. Up-lights create a soft ambiance. Some common up-lights are small floodlights hidden behind tall plants.
As for ceiling lights, recessed lights are very common in living rooms, dens, entries, hallways, sitting areas in bedrooms and basements. These lights should not be the only source of light in the room. Also, too many ceiling lights distract from the room's overall appeal. Planning for recessed lights while the house is under construction cuts down on the need for electricians to do the wiring and installation later on.
The hanging ceiling light is sometimes the most popular type of home lighting. A ceiling light typically hangs in the middle of the room, but sometimes may be placed in a corner of the room. A dining room is the most likely place to locate a hanging light fixture.
Natural lights can either improve a room's warmth or cause too much glare. Thinking about where you place a window in a room while the home is being built can have a big impact on your enjoyment of a room. Helpful natural light can eliminate the need for excessive ceiling lighting or mid-range lights.
Lamps, or mid-range lighting, require electric outlets. New homes today provide more outlets per room than older homes. But it is still a good idea to check that there are enough outlets for lamps in each room, especially bedrooms.
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