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Lighting different corners of the house can be a more challenging job than it appears in the beginning. One needs to keep various aspects of the room in mind before selecting the lighting scheme. Correct lighting can enhance the room and help every corner to achieve the perfect look that you desire.
Light up your life
Lighting should be flexible for different types of activities in the room. The mood and the atmosphere are some of the most important aspects that one needs to keep in mind before settling on a lighting scheme.
Lighting for accent points such as artwork, architectural details etc is a tough job because you have to insure that these become eye catchy. Spotlights are best suited for such effect. They consume less electricity and usually involve halogen bulbs. These can be a good, energy efficient choice.
Lighting specific areas
Lighting up ‘task’ areas in the proper manner is most essential. Task areas are the ones where you carry out some of your daily tasks such as reading, the bar, hobby room or gaming den. The amount of light can vary from task to task, like hobby and reading areas require bright lighting, where as the bar area may need much less luminosity. A hanging light, or floor lamp and spotlights can be good options. While fixing spotlights you need to take care of the glare and need to focus it carefully.
Small rooms with light textured surfaces may not need much of lighting to provide ambient light. Portable fixtures and light reflecting of the artwork may provide enough light to the area. However, a larger room and the rooms with dark surfaces need extra lights properly placed in the area. One can use fluorescent lights in such areas instead of using mere a tube light or bulbs. You can create a false ceiling so as to allow the light to bounce back off the ceiling that can jazz up the look of your room.
Points to remember
1. To make the room look more beautiful, remember to layer the lights with false ceilings and partitions. It is also important to control such layers independently to save energy. One way to do so is to add dimmers to the control panel.
2. If your budget allows, then invest in dimmable ballast. It is a better option to use electronic ballast for t-8 lamps. Living spaces with low color temperature should have a high color rendering index (CRI) that complements it. Spaces with high color temperature should have a low color rendering index. Insuring the use of space and task specific CRI will complete the look of your room.