You have probably walked into an office, hotel, or hospital and seen how light is diffused in there. If you did not notice the diffusion, then you could be forgiven because a well-lit room causes comfort and relaxation- there is nothing negative to attract your attention. And the opposite is true: a poorly-lit room is just a nuisance. Properly selected lighting fixtures and bulbs will create an inviting atmosphere in any space. However, too bright lighting is one big misstep that many people tend not to be aware of. No one wants to feel like being in an emergency room in a hospital. To help you strike the right light balance, here is the secret:
Know Your Light Bulbs
With fluorescent tubes, everything in your space can look off colour, and eye fatigue can be common. Hence, you should avoid these tubes at all cost. Your room will be well-lit if you’re using compact fluorescent bulbs. However, knowing how to dispose of them is important. Although screw-in LEDs boast a long lifespan, they could cost you an arm.
Localise the Light Source
Many people believe that lighting the whole room makes it well lit. This is a common misconception that must be snubbed with the contempt it deserves. Instead, incorporating several light points is highly recommended. The best way to light your space is to choose and diffuse your light source. You can use a lampshade (the right one) to make all the difference. Try a low-wattage bulb with several different lampshades to determine one that works best.
Use a Dimmer
You probably know what ikea sofa covers can do to your seats: they breath new life into them. This is what a dimmer can do to your space. If you’re trying to light up a multipurpose room, adding dimmers is the best way to breath new life into your space. Depending on such things as the time of day, mood, or event, dimmers give your space the much needed flexibility. They are a worthwhile investment because they increase your bulb life besides reducing energy consumption. Just be sure to hire a qualified electrician for installation. For aesthetic purposes, it is good to wire overhead lights for dimmers, some experts believe.
Think About the Purpose of the Space
What is the use of the room? T.V watching? Cooking? Dining? Reading? Overhead chandeliers with a dimmer tend to work great for dining rooms. Just avoid shining the light directly into a person’s face. In the kitchen, it is a little bit complex. You will need to directly light your work area. Ideally, kitchen lights should be set below eye level.
A combination of table lamps, down-lights, and floor lamps work great in the living room. When it comes to the bathroom, the story becomes trickier. While some experts recommend that bathrooms should have dimmable sconces for a softer glow, others believe in going the clinical way- more brightness, especially the vanity area.