Having the right lighting set-up in your home is more important than you might think. After all, it can highlight interesting design features, improve safety and create different moods throughout your property. When you plan lighting in a new build or during a renovation project you can also think about dimming for energy saving purposes or about investing in coloured LED lighting for something a bit different. With this in mind, here’s how to plan lighting in your property.
Think About the Layout of the House
Properties are built according to carefully thought out designs. It’s therefore worth thinking about the architect’s plans for the property and what each room was meant to be used for, as this will help with lighting considerations.
The living room, for instance, is a place where you’re likely to relax after a long day at work. So, you might want to create specific lighting scenes with the help of Lutron lighting. This home automation system allows you to adjust light quantity for various activities and can work alongside automated blinds and shading to ensure natural light is utilised as much as possible. As everything is controlled via one controller, the entire system is easy to use.
When planning for lighting in a home office, however, you should consider direct lighting over areas where you need to work or carry out important tasks. Bright light can be created by downlights, pendants and spotlights depending on your design preferences and you might want to incorporate a lamp or two in case you plan to use the room for reading in the evening.
Avoid Blocking Natural Light ‘
One of the most important things to consider when planning the lighting in your home is natural light. This can brighten your home economically. And, with sunlight streaming into your living room, kitchen, conservatory or dining room, you should think carefully about where to position your furniture so as to maximise the light. Don’t block sunlight with bulky heavy items such as sofas as this will increase your need for electric lighting. With smart lighting you can programme the automated shades to rise with the sun, so you can avoid turning on the lights unnecessarily.
Highlight Architectural or Artistic Features
Did you know that clever lighting can enhance the physical features of a building? Uplighting, for example, can focus light on specific objects while creating shadows to add interest to your space. Accent lights can also draw attention to specific artwork such as paintings and sculptures to help them stand out in your home. Linear lighting can be used to accentuate staircases or highlight corners of the room, or you can play around with colour, thanks to unique LED installations. Smart lighting specialists know what works and can help create automated lighting scenes in your property.
Smart Lighting Specialists
If you’re looking for smart lighting installers that work with the latest technology including Lutron, contact New Wave AV. As home automation experts, we create unique lighting scenes cover many areas in Kent, Surrey, Essex, London and Sussex.
Article by Kevin Whysall
I started my Audio Visual and Technology career back in 1992 working in the commercial and leisure sector across Europe. Then back in 2003 I founded New Wave AV and we are now a leading Smart Home, Home Cinema and Lighting Control company in the Southeast of England.