5 Luxury Lighting Techniques
Lighting can certainly set the stage for your home. Whether you are selling your home or just redoing the lighting, natural lighting and a combination of artificial light, designs and styles can really set your home apart from the competition. If you’re looking to improve your lighting situation, here are five luxury lighting techniques you need to consider.
1. Light intensity
Determining the right amount of light intensity can be difficult but if you rely on the lighting expert, they can set the stage better for you in each of your rooms. It’s a matter of personal taste, needed, and preferences. You may need more light in kitchens or reading rooms, less light in bedrooms or bathrooms, but most lighting experts will have a vision that require special lighting solutions.
“Make sure you communicate your needs clearly to your lighting expert whether you’re buying from a showroom or having an interior decorator.” John Kinnunen, Clearwater Beach Condos Expert
#2. Lighting the kitchen
Lighting the kitchen is really the heart of the lighting in your home. General lighting should illuminate the entire kitchen coming from either recessed lights or decorative fixtures. Task lighting should be located at every workstation within the kitchen and ambiance lighting can create moods or highlights such as featuring crown molding, paintings, or other artwork.
“The placement of the lighting is critical. The positioning of recessed lights is extremely important to cover the entire kitchen area. Properly laid out, avoiding heavy shadowing, and using directional lights can solve your lighting problem. Illuminating all counter surfaces is key. Sometimes highlighting certain workstations is even more important than general lighting.
Creating a good balance of both is key.” Marco Island Realtor® Guy Amato
3. Understanding lighting terms
Just understanding what type of lighting you need can help you communicate your needs better to a lighting expert. Terms such as ‘candle power’ meant for the measuring of quantity or intensity; color temperature measured in degrees of Kelvin determining how warm or cool lighting appears to the eye. ‘Foot Candle’ is the unit of measuring the intensity of light falling on a surface and ‘lumen’ is the unit of measurement used to indicate how bright the lamp is at the source. This may help you communicate your needs for lighting throughout your home better with the lighting expert.
#4. Never underestimate natural lighting
Take a look around your home at the best natural lighting. This would be in the form of skylights or large windows. Does this natural light provide the type of light you need in that room?
“Take a look at the lighting during different times of the day when it’s both dark and light out; does this change the type of lighting you need in the room? Natural lighting really is one of the best ways to get the proper lighting in a room but not every room is indicative of natural light and this is where artificial lighting needs to come into play.” Park City Realtors® Ben Kubicki
#5. Setting the stage
Don’t forget to consider the controls for the lighting. You can control the strength and ambiance of lighting with dimmers or create different atmospheres perfect for entertaining or a more romantic setting.
“Also, the location of switches might play a factor in how much lighting you’ll use in a particular room. If you are moving or remodeling and moving a light switch, consider walking into that room when it’s completely dark, are you able to find the light switch easy or will it be located across the room in which case you would have to venture through the dark room to find the light switch? This is something you might not consider until after the lighting has been installed but it’s definitely important.” – Chuck Gonzalez, Denver Realtor®
Everyone’s lighting is different and every home and natural lighting offers a different need for lighting in different rooms. Consulting a lighting expert is really the best way to get the best lighting for your home.