The living room is the place where you spend quality time with family and friends. Whether it’s throwing a party or spending a quiet evening with the family, make sure your living room is ready for every occasion.
Ambient lighting is important for a well-lit living room. It allows you to see, walk and move around safely. Ambient lighting can be achieved with recessed downlights, ceiling fixtures or cove lighting (depending on the space and ceiling type).
To highlight objects in your living room like paintings, sculpture, vases etc. use focused (or accent) lighting. This lighting requires at least three times as much light on the object as the general lighting surrounding it.
Use under-cabinet lighting to accentuate showpieces or books in your cabinets.
You can use table lamps, wall lamps or downlights to better illuminate your desk while reading.
Television should not be watched in total darkness since your eyes have to constantly shift focus to follow the images. Plus, the contrast between the bright screen and the dark room may cause eye strain. To avoid this, try positioning lights in alcoves, or use wall up-lights near or behind the screen to bounce indirect light off the wall.
Kitchens are usually illuminated with just one fixture centred in the ceiling. As a result, they end up having non-uniform lighting with a lot of glare. The most effective lighting for kitchen involves three layers – task, ambience and accent lighting that create a productive, warm and welcoming environment.
Kitchens should be lit with an adequate amount of ambient light for a comfortable level of brightness. Use recessed downlights, ceiling fixtures or wall fixtures (depending on the space and ceiling type) to achieve same.
Use task lighting for areas of your kitchen where you will be chopping, slicing, grinding, mixing, etc. Task lights can be concealed under cabinets (as spotlights) or alternatively, they can be in the form of a high wattage strip. The positioning of these lights is very important because if not placed appropriately, they may hinder your ability to work efficiently.
A bedroom is where your body recharges for the next day. Using a combination of general and task lighting (that takes into account the age and lifestyle of the occupants) helps you create an atmosphere of relaxation and well-being.
Use recessed downlights and covelights to provide enough ambient lighting to help you move around the room easily.
To highlight the decorative aspects of your bedroom like paintings, sculptures etc. use strategically placed recessed directional spotlights.
Create a soothing ambience by using indirect lighting through LED strips placed in the coves of the ceiling.
Use reading lights with a flexible arm for a comfortable and undisturbed sleep.
The desk lamp should be placed on the opposite side of your dominant hand to reduce shadows when writing or reading. It should also have enough light to cover your entire table.
Today, bathrooms are more than just a place to take a shower. With more spacious and multifunctional bathrooms coming to the market, it’s a space where you recharge and relax. Hence, bathroom lighting demands that extra attention to create the right ambience and mood.
Wall lights or ceiling downlights can be used to create ambience lighting that helps in general navigation.
The best way to light a mirror is on top of it and on its sides. Effective mirror lighting should be able to provide shadow-free reflection.
Place task lights in the shower and/or tub for convenience. This can be provided by recessed downlights.
Use accent lighting fixtures to highlight your decorative bathroom décor.