Home lighting Tips

Lighting is one of the most important factors for creating amazing spaces in your house. It can literally turn a house into a home. Lighting can set the mood, make you feel safer and more comfortable, and allows you to enjoy your home at its full potential. You’ll find that each room, has it’s own charm and lighting needs. We’ve been dealing with home lighting for years and have come up with these tips and ideas for you to consider when planning your lighting needs for each room in your home. If you are uncertain about what type of lighting fixture you need, or you're just looking for inspiration, please take a few minutes to browse through this guide.......

Firstly, ask your self: “What works in my house?”

-Do you have a period home period features and want to keep everything traditional? Is it Victorian? Edwardian? Georgian?

-Will you keep to the traditional style to compliment the features such as coving, fireplace, floor tiles? Or will you go for a more eclectic look?

-Do you live in a warehouse conversion? An industrial pendant light or floor light maybe?

This is just a guideline as there is no wrong or right choice here, it’s entirely down to individual choice.

Foyer, Halls and Stairwells
First impressions last!.... The foyer conveys the first impression of a home's interior. This is the part of your house that will create the first emotion when your guests step through the door. Center a traditional chandelier, contemporary pendant, or transitional close-to-ceiling fixture in your hallway to provide basic illumination and create a welcoming atmosphere.
Make sure to size the decorative fixture to the space. Not all foyers can accommodate a large chandelier, so make sure the size proportions are correct. Likewise, if you have a larger space, you'll need a larger fixture. If you'll be able to view the fixture from above, make sure to select a foyer chandelier or pendant that looks attractive from second storey viewing.
Remember that stairways and halls must have good general lighting for safety. To prevent accidents, stairs should be lit from top to bottom with switches in both places. For safety in hallways, place lighting fixtures every 8 to 10 feet. Tie in the fixtures you choose by matching your foyer chandelier or pendant with close-to-ceiling fixtures for hallways and smaller chain hung fixtures for stairways.
Use matching wall sconces to complement the hanging foyer fixture. Always mount a sconce above eye level so that the lamp source is not visible.

Living Area
Create more ambiance, dramatize wall textures, accent artwork, or just provide general illumination for your den, living room, family room, playrooms, or bedrooms. A variety of different types of lighting fixtures will work for both your general lighting and accent lighting needs.
Use recessed lighting to light a general area. This is preferred because the light source is concealed. Close-to-Ceiling Fixtures, Wall Sconces, and Interior Lamps are also excellent choices and provide ample lighting. These fixtures are not only decorative pieces, but are ideal sources of task lighting for reading or playing games.

Dining Room
This is an important part of the house when it comes to socializing and creating a comfortable ambience. The right light can turn your dining space from just an eating place to an exciting entertaining space. The lighting fixture is the focal point of your room, so it needs to express your own personal style, while still giving off the required illumination. Whether your dining and entertaining style is casual and laid back, or is generally more formal, choose a fixture that reflects you.
Use a chandelier or pendant for general lighting.
There isn’t really a right or wrong here, both fixtures are excellent sources of lighting and are sure to set the tone of your dining room. Recessed wall washers can also provide additional light while helping to create an illusion of a larger room space. When hanging a chandelier, make sure that the chandelier is 6" to 12" smaller than the narrowest side of the table.
Add adjustable halogen recessed fixtures aimed on the table and chandelier. This will provide additional light on the table, and will also bring out the brilliance of the chandelier. Consider companion sconces on either side of the room

Kitchen
The kitchen is normally the most used part of the house. It is a place where hours are spent cooking meals and also quite often, the eating place where family and guest socialize. Sufficient and adequate lighting is a must for performing all your culinary needs, helping your kids with their homework, and reading the paper.
Go with decorative fluorescent fixtures centered over a workspace. Kitchens less than 100 square feet require a two lamp fluorescent, up to 250 square feet will require supplemental lighting. Down lights mounted 18" off the edge of the cabinets, and spaced 3' to 4' on centers is an excellent way to create additional general lighting.

Use undercabinet lighting to help prevent shadows on the counters, while adding critical light to the workspace. Fluorescent undercabinet fixtures are also a cost efficient lighting source. In open areas over sinks use recessed downlights mounted directly over the sink. Mounting mini-pendants 18" to 24" above the work surface is an ideal way to light up a breakfast bar or counter dinettes, a pendant on a dimmer, hanging 24" to 30" above the table, is ideal for task lighting. Size the fixture to roughly 12" less than the diameter of the table.
Illuminate your special home objects, architectural detail, or food presentation areas with track or recessed lighting. Use under cabinet lighting in cabinets, valences, and toe spaces and create drama while also supplying additional light to navigate around your kitchen in the evening.
Choose fluorescent lights to provide that missing ambient lighting. The ambient light provided by fluorescent fixtures will fill in your kitchen's shadows, reduce contrast, and light vertical surfaces to give the space a brighter feel.

Bathroom
Bathroom lighting is probably the last place people want to invest time and money. Mirrors go unlit, and oftentimes one ceiling fixture is used to light up the sink, mirror, and shower. However, as whirlpool tubs become larger and steam showers are added, more and more time is spent relaxing in the bathroom. Since you begin and end your day in the bathroom, why not spend a little extra time considering which fixtures and lights would work best?
Use several recessed down lights or decorative surface-mounted fixtures for areas over 100 square feet. Add companion close-to-ceiling fixtures to supplement bath wall brackets in larger bathrooms. Companion close to ceiling fixtures supplement bath wall brackets in larger bathrooms.

Mount one fixture over the mirror to light a bathroom, but realize it can cause shadows on the face. If using recessed lighting, avoid creating shadows by not mounting them directly over the mirror. Adding wall brackets to the side of the mirror is one of the best way to eliminate shadows on the face. For mirrors under 48" wide use vertically mounted wall brackets and position them 75 to 80 inches above the floor. If the fixture uses exposed lamps, do not use a higher wattage than 40 watts. Fixtures with clear or well diffused glass use nor more than 75 watts. Color corrected fluorescent lamps should be used when fluorescent fixtures are desired. In the shower, use recessed lights or a ceiling mounted plastic unit.
Try a small recessed light directed at a piece of decorative art work or a beautiful powder basin creates an extra layer of lighting. Angle a recessed shower fixture and highlight nice tile work or make your shower fixtures sparkle

Exterior Lighting
Whether your goal is to enhance the beauty of your home, or provide additional security, you have numerous lighting options to light up your home's exterior. These lights are both functional and fun! Extend the hours you can spend outside, or create a festive environment!

The selection of lighting fixtures is of two primary types: decorative and functional. Decorative fixtures are used along pathways, on walls and posts, and entrance foyers. The design of these fixtures should complement the look and feel of your house and landscape while providing sufficient lighting for safety, security, and functionality. When installing a wall lantern, size the fixture to the door and surrounding space. Wall lanterns should be mounted slightly above eye level at about 60" to 66" from the center of the fixture to the floor. Post-top lanterns can be selected to match the style of the wall lanterns. Large post top lanterns make a better impression when used in large open space.

Be mindful, however that most lantern-style fixtures are glaring light sources. They spill light in all directions and can be a cause of light trespass (onto others' properties) and distracting glare for drivers. Many lighting designers forgo lantern style lights entirely and instead use lights with hoods (that shield the glare) and lights that are positioned within plant material so they are hidden completely.
Hidden lights are of the second type - functional. They are strategically positioned around the property to selectively illuminate plant material and architecture. A skilled lighting designer positions fixtures so only the effect of the illumination is seen, not the lighting fixtures themselves