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What types of lights work best in what rooms?

19 January 2017

Your home lighting design is vital to creating the living environment you want. But to get it right, you need to take a room-by-room approach.

What works in the living room, for example, could be a safety hazard in the kitchen, and taking a two-zone approach to lighting certain rooms can deliver the best of both worlds.

Here’s how to light each room in your house:

In the living room…

Living room lights

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Create a relaxed, welcoming feel in your living room with soft ambient lighting rather than bright task lighting. Achieve this by focusing on lighting walls and using accent lights to illuminate features such as fireplaces, book shelves, entertainment units or artwork.

You can also add brighter task lighting with the addition of strategically placed lamps. This will make the room multi functional and allow one person to read by lamplight while another watches TV in dimmer ambient light.


In the kitchen…

Kitchen lights- feature and leds

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Sharp knives. Boiling water. Hot ovens. The kitchen is no place for mucking around, and that means you need bright, task-focused lighting. Ensure your preparation areas, sink and stove or induction cooktop are brightly lit with minimum 450-lumen LEDs.

Then add interest with additional ambient lighting via under-cabinet lights or stylish pendant fixtures hung above the breakfast bar or meals area.


In the bathroom…

Bathroom lighting - leds

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The bathroom can be quite difficult to light effectively. You need bright, task lighting for personal grooming, but may also want more relaxed ambient lighting to enjoy long baths.

Get the best of both worlds by avoiding a central ceiling-mounted light in favour of creating two zones. Light your mirror with bright wall-mounted fixtures, and use softer ambient lighting around your bath or shower.


In the bedroom…

rail lighting and chandeliers

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The bedroom is obviously a place for rest and relaxation, however lighting it effectively can be a little tricky. For example, your partner might want to read into the wee small hours while you’re desperate to get some much needed shut-eye.

The key is to install wall-mounted fixtures on either side of the bed, with individually controlled dimmers. Then add depth with additional ambient lighting that illuminates feature pieces such as a favourite armchair or artwork.


In the study…

Home study lighting

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It’s a good idea to decide on the placement of your furniture before finalising the lighting design in your study to ensure lights don’t reflect off your computer screen.

Again, a two-zone approach can be a good solution here. Brighter task lighting over your desk may be required, however also consider installing wall-mounted ambient lights around a lounge or reading chair to create a more relaxed space.


Need help with your home lighting design in the Newcastle and Hunter area? Please contact us on 1300 766 325 for a free quote.


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