Lighting your property can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding aspects of home décor. By giving careful thought to how you want the space you live in to be lit you can achieve some fantastic results. Interesting features can be showcased; dark corners can be turned into inviting comfy snugs and rooms can become multifunctional all through the clever use of lighting.
To someone who perhaps has never given more thought to lighting than merely flicking on the light switch the options and choices can be a little overwhelming. The range of light fittings is vast and finding not only the right style but also the most suitable type of lighting for a room can be daunting.
At Sherwood Lighting we’re passionate about all things lighting, and with over 25 years’ experience, we’re well placed to offer advice on everything from choosing the right style of light to which light bulbs you should be selecting.
We’re always happy to help our customers with any questions they may have, and our friendly team of lighting experts can be reached by phone on 0115 9266777 or through our website contact form.
Beginners Guide to Indoor Lighting
Our lighting experts have compiled their top five tips and considerations when shopping for indoor lighting. We hope you find it illuminating!
What is the Room Used for?
Perhaps the most important thing when shopping for lighting is understanding what you want to achieve. To do this, a good start point is to establish what you use the room in question for, or, what you’d like to use it for. For example, you may be looking for lights for a teenager’s bedroom. They will most likely need a main ceiling light, so the room is well lit. If they do their homework at a desk, then a desk lamp may also be required. To relax in the room then they may also want the option of a lower level of light. A dimmer switch could be ideal for controlling the main ceiling light, or alternatively, a table lamp or floor lamp could be another option.
Ideally, you want the lighting to be flexible so that it can be adapted to suit the needs of those using the room.
Layering light is the term used to describe how lighting from different sources is used within the same area or room. There are three layers to consider, ambient, task and accent.
Ambient Lighting is the main lighting source in the room and is typically a ceiling light of some form. This provides the general level of lighting that is used to carry our day to day tasks within the space.
Task Lighting has a clue in the name; it provides a more direct or specific light that allows you to carry out a particular task. It may be a reading light, a desk lamp or a mirror light to name just three examples.
Accent Lighting can be used to highlight certain room features, or it may be used to support the main lighting in the room. If you have a corner of a room that the ambient lighting fails to reach adequately, then accent lighting can be used to fill the gap.
Light Bulbs are Important
This may sound like an obvious statement; of course, Light Bulbs are essential otherwise we’d all be stumbling around in the dark when the sun goes down. What we mean is that choosing the right type of bulb is important from both a technology and colour perspective.
Incandescent bulbs and Halogen bulbs are gradually being replaced by LED bulbs. LEDs have a number of advantages over other bulb technologies, and we’ve created a blog post answering many of the fundamental questions people may have. You can take a look by clicking here. In summary, LED bulbs are much cheaper to run, are much safer as they generate virtually no heat, will last a lot longer than incandescent or halogen bulbs and are compatible with your homes existing light fittings.
Regarding bulb colour, there are serval options for the tone of the light produced and different rooms of your home are best suited to different tones. We recommend warm white colours for rooms where you relax such as the living room and bedrooms. Bright white is ideal for kitchens, offices and workspaces. Finally, daylight tones are suitable for studies or rooms you may set aside for reading.
Love the Lamp
Whether it’s table lamps or floor lamps, they provide you with an array of options for both styling and lighting your home. If you have space then using a combination of both table and floor lamps alongside your ceiling lighting provides you with a considerable amount of flexibility when it comes to illuminating a room. You can use lamps to add dashes of colour to your decor by choosing a bold and striking shade, or they can be incorporated into a more classic and traditional feel.
First Impressions Count
It may be the room you spend the least amount of time in, and as such, it can often be forgotten about. However, the hall, or foyer, is the first thing you and your guest see when entering your home. Hall lighting should ideally be attractive, inviting and also practical, and happily, there is plenty of choice to help you achieve all three.
Foyers and halls often benefit from a high ceiling which makes them ideally suited to pendant lighting and chandeliers. Chandeliers in particular work very well as their crystals are excellent at reflecting light into areas of a room that other lighting options may not reach. In a hall or foyer which often have strange configurations and dark corners, this can be a big advantage.
Again, if space allows, and you have a cabinet or table in your hall, then a table lamp can be a simple and effective way of adding a second light source into the space. The lamp can then be used in conjunction with the main room light or as a standalone light source as required.