The Ultimate Guide To Lighting Any Room Of The House

If only lighting a room were as simple as plugging a lamp into an outlet. Anyone who has ever looked into lighting knows that there are far more considerations than meets the eye when it comes to finding the right lighting for a home.

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Every room of the house serves a unique purpose, and as a result, has its own needs and standards when it comes to lighting. Consider the bright fluorescent often favored in bathrooms and kitchen areas They certainly wouldn't bode well in bedrooms or living spaces, would they?

Whether you need to find the right type of lighting for just one room or your entire house, this guide will walk you through the process of choosing the right fixtures and bulbs for every area in your house.

The Importance of Balance

Light plays a fundamental role in our lives, but it's not something we can easily achieve. Too much light can make us feel uncomfortable, while too little makes us lethargic.

When you're looking at fixtures, you need to find the right balance between aesthetics and utility. The design of a light only goes so far; if its projection doesn't fit your needs, you essentially wind up with a decorative piece that holds no value.

What are the three types of lighting?

While shopping, you should understand the different roles that lighting plays in your home. Each room has its own function, and there are three main types of home lighting to consider.

General Lighting

General lighting does the heavy-lifting when it comes to lighting your home. These are the primary fixtures you'll rely on to illuminate your rooms. Every room in your home will require general lighting, but the warmth and brightness should change to reflect your personal taste and a room's purpose.

Task Lighting

In home offices and work spaces, task lighting ensures that you see everything in clear detail. Spotlights, dimmable task lamps and desk lights fall under this category.

Accent Lights

These aren't essential to every space, but accent lights can help set a mood and pull a room together. Design-wise, accent lights offer the greatest level of flexibility and customization. Wall lights, picture lights and table lamps are the most typical forms of accent lighting.

Types of Bulbs

Choosing the right bulbs for your home will make a world of difference. Many people simply pick up the first thing they see, not realizing that the bulbs they choose will impact their space more than they can imagine.

The warmth of a bulb, for example, will make a major impact on the overall atmosphere. "Cool" bulbs that emit a pale white or blue light create a different feel from "warm" bulbs that offer yellow, orange and flame-like lighting.

Bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms are often the best places for warm lighting, while a bathroom, kitchen and home office will benefit from cooler shades.

You can also choose from several different types of light bulbs. The most common type is incandescent, which comes in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Often, these bulbs can be controlled by a dimmer or switch for further customization. They last around 1,500 hours, so they're a great choice for general lighting.

Halogen bulbs are similar to incandescent, but they're more energy-efficient and provide roughly 1,000 hours of light on average. For those who want to move into the future and truly maximize energy efficiency, LED lights are a good consideration.

Fluorescent lighting is often used in spaces that require high illumination such as work areas, kitchens and bathrooms. The downside is that they can often feel overwhelming and "stale." Fluorescent lights emit their characteristic glow due to a chemical reaction that takes place inside the bulb or glass tube.

Another downside of fluorescent bulbs is the fact that they can contain mercury, which is harmful to humans and animals. Proper disposal is essential after a fluorescent bulb or fixture dies. You're less likely to see fluorescent lights used in homes nowadays as people have begun to switch to safer alternatives.

Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs help homeowners save money by cutting back on energy consumption. LED lighting uses up to 75-percent less energy than other types of bulbs, especially if its ENERGY STAR.

Choosing the Right Lighting for Your Space

The most important thing to consider before you start shopping is to consider the function of each area. Some people may want a recessed, ambient light in their kitchen, while others may prefer brighter task lighting since they love to cook and bake. Your lifestyle and design preferences will make a huge choice on your final decision.

The best practice for home lighting is to choose general lights first, then add accent and task lighting as needed. If you rely on either of the latter before you've established good general lighting, you risk throwing off the balance of the room when you upgrade your primary fixtures or bulbs down the line.

For all your home lighting installation needs, contact us today at Hucker Electric. Book an appointment on our site or give us a call at (847) 999-4023.

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