Qualitative lighting can generate different atmospheres in your home and make your interior even more agreeable. That is, if you think well beforehand of a good lighting plan. Let us be your guiding light.
Step 1: look where the daylight comes in
Step one in your lighting plan is thinking how to save lighting energy using the incoming daylight as much as you can: Examine in which parts of the rooms most daylight falls in and position your furniture accordingly. For example, a desk should be put close to a window. By painting the walls and ceiling in a light color, you will need to turn on the light less often. Find out more about paint colors in our previous blog post.
Step 2: position the basic lighting
Measure your furniture and draw the sitting area and dinner table on your house plan. Then define where the basic lighting is coming. The basic lighting are the lights you are going to turn on when entering the room in the dark. Mostly these are pendant lamps or spotlights. You can draw the lights on the plan in a color.
Step 3: position the atmospheric lighting
Next step is to position the atmospheric lighting. The goal of this warmer and softer type of lighting is to bring cosiness and relaxation, for example in the living room or the bathroom. Atmospheric light can be created with table and floor lamps, or wall lamps. But it could also be created by adjusting the intensity of the basic lights with a dimmer. Do take into account that, to do so, you need the right kind of lamps.
Step 4: position the accent lighting
A third and last category of lighting are the accent lights. These lights also create atmosphere. You can position lights in a particular way so that they highlight a beautiful painting, a nice family picture, or a piece of design. Also, you can lighten up a reading corner.
Step 5: position the switches
Next to choosing where to install the three types of lights, you should also position the switches: where do they have to be foreseen and which lights do they have to switch on? It’s practical to have one switch near the door with which you can switch off all lighting at once when you leave the room. Also, it’s nice to have a switch next to your bed, so you don’t have to switch on a nightlight first before switching on the basic ceiling light.
Step 6: lighting the garden
Now you are busy drawing, it might be a good idea to plan the garden lighting at once. Even though you will only design the garden once the renovation of the house is done, you might already foresee the tubes and circuit breakers for it.
All of these steps you can probably go through on your own. This way, you will save a lot of money. If you think this is necessary, you can ask an expert to have a look at your plan before implementing it.