With the tips discussed below for harnessing both artificial and natural light, you can boost energy, see more clearly and set any mood you want. It is widely known that there is a general need for ambient lighting in homes, but you have to put some things into consideration before setting out on the task. In order to avoid surprises, it is good to understand what your new home lighting will look like. If you have recently changed your lighting bulbs from incandescent ones to fluorescent bulbs, you will have noticed that the quality of the light is different - it is whiter.
It is also true if you have swapped your Christmas lights for LED mini lights. The truth is, most lighting have unique features. Do you prefer cool light or warm light? You may have heard that lighting has a color temperature. It is measured in Kelvin (K). It usually indicates how the light will appear, whether cool or warm --- more blue or more yellow.
The particular effect you wish to achieve will determine the desirable temperatures for lighting:
2,700 Kelvin: Warm, just like soft candlelight
2,800 to 3,300 Kelvin: Warm, usually the Goldilocks zone
3,500 Kelvin: Neutral
4,000 Kelvin: Cool. Similar to natural daylight; the time of day determines how cold the light will be, it gets cooler as time goes by.
5,000 Kelvin: Cold
Make sure you are guided by personal preference. If you find rich and warm colors attractive, or if the style of your home is Arts and Crafts or traditional, lighting that are incandescent and even candlelight will likely be desirable. You can make your contemporary or modern home look nicer with cooler-temperature or whiter lighting. Usually, lighting experts have several techniques to pick from, to elevate functionality and look. However, you shouldn't shun the basics.
1. Take Advantage Of Natural Lighting
For certain rooms that are mainly used during daytime, consider exploiting natural light as it can be inviting and adequate. Firstly, you have to put passive light sources into consideration. Tip: Check the codes of local building to know if you can add or enlarge fenestration. Fenestration is broadly defined as openings in a building.
2. Expose Some Rooms
If you want to increase natural light in the northern hemisphere, rooms facing south, west and east are good options. You get unique lighting for each exposure. Rooms facing north also attract natural light but a light source that is artificial is usually needed for assistance. Tip: If you want to benefit more from natural light, add more windows to the southern side of your home. It is advisable you hire a professional to help with the windows.
3. Increase Natural Light By Reflecting It
You can draw on a strategy that is less-obvious to increase the natural light in a room. You can fix mirrors on the room wall to reflect and increase the light. Tip: If your home has a family room or a dark basement, fix a mirror opposite the available window. More light will be bounced around, regardless of how small the available window is.
4. Amplify The Light
If there's a room with just one small window, you can amplify the light with white paint. The natural light can also be maximized by placing mirrors on the window's sides. Tip: Find out about the Light Reflectance Value or LRV of your paint color. It is a measure of the amount of light a color reflects and absorbs. The inquiry is necessary if you have small windows and the available light is limited. Color (darker colors absorb more while lighter ones reflect more) and the level of sheen (more gloss means more reflection) also affect it.
5. Factor In Health And Age
The older we get the more sensitive we can be to light but this also means we'll need more light so we can see fine details. Having reading lamps is essential, but the overall room can be made more soothing by tuning into sensitivities. Also, there are people that are light sensitive for various other reasons; some are suffering from epilepsy or migraines. Photophobia or sensitivity to light can also be caused by medication, eye color and several other medical conditions. Tip: Make sure you use dimmers for your lighting, all the lights.
6. Increase The Energy Level
There are some rooms in a home that are hubs for the comings and goings of the household. You'll want to boost energy with ambient light in these rooms. You should also follow this link to find out how to get indoor wall lights just right. Also, if you want to shut down one or more areas that aren't currently in use, create zones or sections for your lighting.
It is advisable to install lighting for perimeter lights on one circuit and for a major seating area on another.
When the periphery lighting is shut down, the light bouncing off the seating area's walls will be reduced, allowing for maximum customization and comfort.
Tips: In areas with high activity level, it is advisable not to skimp on lighting.
These usually include the homework and breakfast area in your kitchen, the family room, or anywhere you wish to increase the energy level. When you are calculating a range for the needed wattage, you can go for a lesser one but you must not go for a higher wattage. You should also reconsider fluorescent lighting. The amount of lighting they provide is the highest and the cost is very affordable.
They are a good option for ambient lighting. The heat they generate is not much, and the energy they use is very little. You may be picturing the long fluorescent tubes from way back but it is not so nowadays, fluorescent lights now come in various formats including in recessed cans.