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The Do's and Don'ts of Lighting

Lighting is the most important element of design in a home. Any lighting expert or interior designer will tell you that proper planned lighting can make a massive difference to a home. If you get it wrong, the house and the spaces within will not live up to its true potential.

The Do’s and Don’ts of lighting design, according to Desi Creswell, Interior Designer,

is called ‘lighting design’ because good lighting requires planning.

To get your lighting right, here are the do’s and don’ts of lighting that tops the list.


Do Task Lighting

It is very important around work areas such as kitchen, bathroom, home office and other work stations. This type of lighting helps increase visibility and provides better focus on the task at hand.


Do Layer Lighting

A mixture of ambient, task and accent lighting is very important in every room as layer lighting is a great way to provide a mixture of light sources at different levels to create a warm ambience as well as the functionality of a space.


Do Dimmers

Dimmers are simple to operate and easily allow you to regulate the ambience of a room to your mood and activity. On top of that, you can cut your energy and heat usage and lengthen the lifespan of the bulb.


Do Simple Lighting Accessory

Choosing the right lighting d├ęcor is important as it complements the interior design of a room but remember to keep it simple. Over accessorising tends to close in the space of a room, so stick to few pieces that adds personality and not cluster.


Don’t Add Recessed Lighting Everywhere

Most people assume that fixing recessed lighting everywhere provides equal distribution of light in a room, they couldn’t be more wrong. They do not provide sufficient light on vertical surfaces, hence, do not give out enough light into a room and also waste energy.


Don’t Forget To Know Your Fixtures.

There is now energy saving bulbs for every type of lighting arrangement you decide to put in your home, so remember to analyse the type of bulb that best fits the type of lighting fixture you choose.


Don’t Just Look For Watts

Most people look for watts when they choose between lightbulbs, avoid this mistake as now under new government regulations, light bulb manufacturers are to include information on the brightness (in lumens), energy used (in watts), estimated yearly energy cost, life expectancy, and the appearance of the bulb.


Don’t Assume It’s The Same White.

The colours on energy efficient light bulbs are now available in different variations of white, that when illuminated, the lighting effect varies depending on their colour code which includes warm white, cool white, soft white, bright white natural or daylight.


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