Besides fancy furniture and awe-struck tiles, what makes a home look beautiful inside out???

Yes, you’ve guessed it right!! It’s the lighting of your home, which makes sure you have a bright, elegant home. Why do you think people take months to choose the lighting?? Well, let me tell you, it’s definitely worth the time, since it’s the most essential need that can make your home turn into a masterpiece as besides providing a safer navigation for you to move around your house comfortably, it also emphasizes on each corner of your house. If you have an exclusive piece of artwork, you have to flaunt it, and to do so you will have to choose from the wide range of lighting fixtures that have been designed specifically.

Modern lighting plays a vital role in improving every aspect of home décor. Lighting is the unsung aspect that takes the design to the next level when done properly.

My ultimate light guide gives you detailed information that any room in your home needs to be quickly lit. Suggest reading and maintain close touch with these tips. You never know when you would have to tweak the already existing lighting or create a new layout.

Things to consider when choosing home lighting

Before you step out of shopping for the lightings for your home, there are a couple of questions yourself. With the right answers, you will never go wrong in picking the most suitable lighting for each of your spaces. Below listed are the questions along with the hint that would help you find the answer, so, answer it accordingly!!

Purpose

Where do you and why do you need lighting are the two questions that you need to ask yourself before you continue to research home lighting. Family life, private time, homework, cooking, entertaining, or flaunting artwork and other activities call for different types of lighting.

Size

You cannot go for a giant chandelier in a tiny storage room, believe me, that would be a huge blunder!! And so, once you are aware of where and why exactly you will be using the lighting, the next thing that you need to figure out the size of the room that would help you eventually help you pick the size of light.

Theme

Decide upon the theme of the room, whether modern, contemporary, or transitional, and then pick light that blends into the room. Complementing lighting fittings with the theme and style of the home decor would make your home gorgeous

Flexibility

A single room at times can be a multi-purpose one, you would want to party with your friends in the morning and study comfortably at night, so, adding flexibility is a must. Go for programmable LED light bulbs that change color, it can set your mood right.  Install dimmer switches to adjust brightness levels and make your space more comfortable

Lighting position

Right lights but wrong position of installing it would do no justice to your room. Ensure the positioning of the light fixtures in a way that the whole room gets the required lighting. For instance, you should look at getting movable lighting fixtures to adjust where the light is dropping on your bar 

Three categories of lighting

Now that you are done answering with the why’s and how’s of choosing the lights, it’s time for you to get introduced to the lighting options available in the market for you to choose from. Listed below are the three most common lighting options that can lit each of your spaces perfectly!!

Ambient/General Lighting

If you want a relaxing atmosphere then going for ambient lighting would be a decent option for you. Another strong reason for opting for this type of lighting is that you wouldn’t want your kids to fall often or see your elders struggle to walk around freely due to dim lights and so for a simple, subtle lighting plan, ambient lightings are highly recommended. This lighting will provide a suitable illumination to your room for everyday use while creating enough light for you and your family to see and move around safely and comfortably.

Task Lighting

For night owls who love to read at night and workaholics who tend to work till late at night, task lighting has been a boon for such people wherein they can work with the right lighting without bothering other people. As the name suggests, this type of lighting is used for serving a specific task only like reading and working.  

Accent Lighting

For a home filled with exclusive collections of paintings, sculptures, and other architectural features, accent lighting is just right for those areas. It will draw attention away from the things present in the room that are not so pleasing by highlighting the objects, structures and provides decorative illumination you wish to draw attention to.

Note* Always consider installing all the three types of lighting in each of the home spaces and use it accordingly, installing only one of this type of lighting would never provide you good flexibility.

Lighting Fixtures…

Followed by the lighting options, it’s now time for you to learn about the varieties of lighting fixtures, each of which is known for producing specific types of lighting. Listed below are the timeless lighting fixtures that can never go wrong when installed

Floor Lamps

Best for Task Lighting

Available in different shapes and sizes, floor lamps are excellent choices, especially for the living room or bedroom as they can light up an entire room or a specific area easily. Position them next to a relaxing reading corner the floor lamps add to the room an elegant, understated atmosphere.

Recessed Lightings

Best for Accent Lighting

You can use recessed lighting in larger rooms. It just lights up the part of the room that may be required at that moment. You can also consider that dimmers can be used to lighten or dim the lights.

Fan Lights

Best for Ambient Lighting

Fan lights are trending now!! A set of lights will come attached to your ceiling fans. The bulbs of these lights are specially designed to endure the vibrations of the fan.

Chandeliers

Best for Ambient Lighting

Have a cozy home but also a huge fan of chandeliers?? But if you think chandeliers are meant only for lavish houses, then I’m sure you will be happy to hear that it’s just a myth!! With varieties available in shapes and sizes of chandeliers, you just need to go for the right one depending upon the size of the particular home and it would be a great décor, spreading the light equally.

Sky Lights

Best for Ambient Lighting

Bring natural light to your penthouses for kids’ room by opting for this innovative lighting fixture, Skylight. They can convert a room into a brightly-lit space by day and a calm environment at night which you would enjoy

Hanging Lights

Best for Ambient Lighting

  A well-picked hanging light will lift your room’s appearance and make it look elegant.  They come with flexible cables, available in sumptuous styles and sizes, to adjust their height. 

Table Lamps

Best for Task Lighting

Add some glamour to your bedroom with a vintage or cane lamp. Not only do they take the style quotient of your decor a notch higher, but they also encourage you to relax in your room after a long working day.

Wall Sconces

Best for Accent Lighting

Attached to the wall, wall sconces can be a traditional torch, candle or gaslight, or any other source of electric light where the lighting is usually directed upwards and outwards

Mirror Lights

Best for Accent Lighting

Make your space look bigger and brighter, mirrors light the best option to go for. The tone of the room shifts immediately as you install a lamp to either side of the mirror. Such lighting fixtures can be suitable for a super-stylish and spacious bathroom or vanity space.

Light Color Temperature

The color temperature of the lights can massively affect your mood and productivity and so it’s important for you to for particular color temperature for each of the rooms 

Lighting are grouped into three distinct categories- Warm, Neutral, and Cool

Warm light 

Fill the space with a humid, relaxed atmosphere, best for dormitories and living rooms.

Neutral light 

The whiter light is better for energy-intensive areas such as the kitchens, showers, garages, and utilities.

Cool light

This light looks most midday on a sunny day, blue/white. This kind of light is perfect to read, work, and other hobbies. Cooler light is best in places where attention to details like bathrooms and kitchens are required.

How to identify the light color temperature?

The color temperature of the light is measured on the Kelvin (K) scale. When shopping for lightings, you will come across labels: soft white (2700K – 3000K), bright white/cool white (3500K – 4100K), and daylight (5000K – 6500K).

Make sure you choose the right color temperature lights for your needs

Home Lighting Guide

Bedroom Lighting

If you are ever questioned about which is your favorite room in your house, I’m pretty sure that you would say Bedroom, as it is that part of the house where you will be starting and ending your day with tons of smiles and memories. The comfort provided by a bedroom is irreplaceable, it’s a cocoon for you to enjoy spending quality me-time.

In short, the bedroom should be a haven of healing, recharge, and reorientation to which you can always look forward to. And, to accomplish this, lighting is the most critical aspect.

Do you often watch Tv or read books before you go to sleep? Or do you have a poor sight? There are endless factors to consider when choosing lighting for the bedroom because it is all about comfort. 

Your bedroom should have a combination of ambient, accent, and task lighting, to ensure you get the most out of the lighting arrangement, depending on your mood.

Wall lights and bedside lamps provide gentle and soothing lighting. You can turn on, dim, and turn off a touch dimmable table lamp by touching the lamp body while you are reading or watching TV in your room.

Dimmer and other lighting controls are a game-changer for the bedroom. This helps you to monitor the levels of light in your room with multiple lamps. Depending on your mood, you can currently change the illumination condition.

  • Consider the room size and height.
  • For tables, vanities, etc. use direct lighting.
  • Do not directly add lighting on the bed.
  • Try using low wattage light bulbs.
  • Take colored bulbs for mood adjustment.
  • Use fluorescent cabinet lamps.
  • Create ambient lighting with downlights and pendant fixtures.
  • For activities such as interpreting regulation glow.
  • Consider the lights that can be shifted from up light to downlight  
  • Choose strong sources of light, such as LEDs and CFLs.
  • Allow fluorescent lamps to your walls over door frames and downlights.
  • For smaller, light-colored rooms, you can stick to accent light
  • You can add ambient light to a huge, dark-colored space.

Living Room

The living room is probably the most used in the home. This must be the soul of your house, right?? As you and your family would spend a great time binge-watching movies or playing games. And so, lighting solutions here require a subtle blend of the 3 key lighting elements to be both comfortable and relaxing, yet bright enough.

Use a combination of ceiling and wall lighting and a balanced mix of table, floor, or task lamps based upon the size and layout of your room to control and balance the lighting requirements and create a cozy, warm atmosphere.

If your room has a main seating area, use a larger, overhead fixture to center it. A pendant or chandelier fixture would be a great choice for rooms with high ceilings. Overall, the living room is a good place to use recessed lighting throughout.

  • If you have a fireplace, it will look good when sconces or wall lights are flanking it on both sides.
  • Ensure when you are installing your lights, you don’t have glare on your TV screen. Use dimmers and lower light levels for these areas.
  • Dimmable light fixtures installed will let you adjust the lightings to suit your mood  

Utilities and garage

You want plenty of ambient and recessed light in your utility areas and parking areas, such as laundry and workspaces. Your utilities include job lighting and can combine track lighting with higher-light pendants. Fill the service rooms with color and brightness, concentrate on items like organizing, mending, and fixation.

  • Stop shadows causing spotlights/downlights.
  • Consider adding humidity-proof, including light fluorescent mounts.
  • Do not put the cars directly on top of the lights.
  • For working areas as well as devices and tables, utilizing job lighting.

Kitchen

Don’t you think the kitchen has become a lot more than just a place to cook? Well, for me it certainly has become the heart of my home which I use for a variety of things starting from cooking and eating, working, cleaning to hanging out with your kitchen partner, gossiping!! And I assume it’s the same with you as well.

Ambient lighting is a must, as having a uniform light for the kitchen, irrespective of the size of the kitchen is important for safe cooking.

With a kitchen involving tons of tasks to do for us, every possible lighting would be required here. To have a better picture, firstly, you need to decide the spots based on the activities. For the area you chop vegetables or make juices, you can install task lighting. For quick reading of labels on jars, checking the quality of fresh, and so on, under-cabinet lighting fixtures would be ideal.

  • For a kitchen island, you need to have something fancy and so, what’s better than decorative hanging lights like pendants for chandeliers.
  • It makes sense to add light dimmer switches in the kitchen because bright lighting simplifies tasks, while dim light helps the environment after dinner.
  • Adding kitchen lighting wall sconces is a unique way to display what makes your kitchen light special, such as highlighting an art piece.
  • Add LED streak lights in the back or under the shelves if you have open shelves in your kitchen. 

Bathroom

It is said that a person makes most of their life’s important decisions when they’re in the bathroom and I’m one of those and that’s why I always ensure that my bathroom provides a calm atmosphere and if you are also one of those, then you must already know how important it is to go for the right lightings.

With so many reflective surfaces, bathrooms respond well to lighting. You will need to pay some attention to the various zones when it comes to bathroom lighting.

Ambient lighting is a must to safely navigate through the space, read the labels in a first aid kit, ceiling lighting fixture would be a great option to go ahead with.

You could also add task lights around a mirror Recessed downlights work well in bathrooms as background lighting. Avoid one single downlight above the mirror, as this will be unflattering.

  • Wall sconces can be added for an overall vintage look to your bathroom.
  • Pendant fixtures hung from the ceiling or wall sconces over the mirrors and sinks.
  • Ensure that you are facing, neutral/cool light as you stand before the mirror.
  • To provide emergency light at night, consider adding a small LED light to your GFCI outlets.
  • If you have a tub, some dimmable lighting over the head area can be a great addition.

Dining room

Every time we think of a dining area, we see bright lights surrounding us when we are having our meal with our family. And that’s the biggest clue to the right lights. Finalizing the lighting for the dining area is the easiest one.

The dining room is more than somewhere to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner; it’s also a place for socializing and entertaining. This makes the lighting design for your dining room an important consideration.

The ceiling light fixtures must be installed in the room or center over the dining table as centrally as possible. It should be broad and bright enough to light up the whole table. It would stop anyone sitting in a shadow or looking as if they were sitting in a spotlight when one place is lit.

After the meal, the wall washers, the table, and floor lamps are great lighting choices when the focus is not on the dining table anymore. Use them to create light pools instead of the main light on the ceiling for an intimately relaxed and comfortable atmosphere while you are away for about an hour.

  • Wall and recessed lighting can help highlight art and other decorations.
  • You can mount underground lighting to highlight your expensive China and silverware when you have a china cabinet or a breakfast.
  • Wall sconces can also provide an excellent effect, particularly if the decorative cabinet, sideboard, or buffet is mounted on both sides.
  • If you have the lighting track or recessed lighting, strive for ambiance light to the walls.
  • Create light layers with chandeliers, pendants, downlights, and sconces.

Workstation

Since work from home is the new routine, home offices have become stereotypical. The lighting of the home office will significantly affect your efficiency and comfort.

General lighting is a must, it is the sun, like ceiling lights and/or the curtains, that fills the space best. This should be spread uniformly so that other lamps (as your desk lamp) can be added without thinking about drastic shadows and comparisons. Anything with a dimmer switch works especially well for this reason.

 Next, think about your task lighting. This is a desk lamp, standing lamp by a reading chair, or spotlight; anything that you use to highlight a specific area to work in.

Finally, accent lighting can be used to highlight décor or furniture. For instance, running LED strips along your desk can provide a futuristic glow that might put you in a productive headspace. 

  • Alternatively, you can use a lit photo frame to highlight a certificate or a piece of art. This is where colored lighting can work well.
  • Using light with a slightly bluer hue can accomplish the desired result, as this is closer to the wakefulness-inducing wavelength of the sun. Conversely, warmer colors can make us feel drowsy and sleepy.

Entryway

You cannot afford to go wrong with the lighting here. Entrances and hallways are the first places your visitors encounter, so make sure these areas are both practical and inviting.

They must be warm and pleasant and still have enough light for daily life, such as walking from room to room.

If there is a high ceiling, why not use a pendant light or a chandelier to make a true style statement? Does a typical candle, a fabulous glass ceiling light, or a silk cloth pendant make an opulent appearance? Choose a flush or semi- Flush ceiling light of a similar style that suits closer to the roof for lower ceiling heights.

Place a lamp on your console table in your hallway to provide another element of decoration and to attract the eye to your house. A mirror mounted behind a lamp at the end of the corridor or angled to reflect light from a pendant or chandelier will create a visual illusion that will make your corridor look bigger than it is and reflect light in otherwise dull corners. Build light pools for short or narrow passages, with lights and wall lights for an inviting impact.

If you have a small hallway or space is limited you can create pools of light by using downlights and wall lights to create a welcoming effect.  Mirrors should be mounted above the wall lights so that the light back into space can be reflected into the space.

  • Ceiling fixtures are the best options.  The ambient light you need to have a warm welcome can be given.
  • Stop spotlights/downlights that create shadows of high contrast.
  • For highlighting the artwork, use accent lighting.
  • Consider using lighting tracks for wall wash
  • A pendant light will create a comfortable area close to the entrance.
  • Use LEDs and CFLs to save money, since they are available long-term.

Stairs and Hallways

Your steps and pathways should be adequately lit to give the people complete protection. In your hallways, it is a useful way to light the place, identify shape and form, and highlight artworks and textures to mount devices every 4-6 feet. Light can also be used to stretch, lighten and make the room more spacious. 

  • Light can also be used to stretch, lighten and make the room more spacious.  A bright ceiling light over the stairs adds safety by defining the stair risers and making them easier to see.
  • Take different light sources, such as wall lights and wash lights, but this can depend on the space area and the gap between the fittings.

Garden

Using decorative, hanging lights are the perfect way to enhance elegance for the garden. Do not overdo it when you pick the main and additional colors of garden lights. Choosing only two or three colors that merge and complement each other is very important.

  • Avoid blinding white light color, which deprives life painting of a garden.
  •  Use bright yellow, red and brown lights very carefully.
  • Only soft diffused light of warm tones should be used. It emphasizes the comfort and warmth of the hearth

Smart lights for a smart home

With technology working towards making life simpler and better, it has widely advanced by offering smart home lighting facilities that for sure would give you a thrilling experience.

Smart lighting lets you control from an app, on your Apple or Android phone. Amazon Echo dot and Google home, lets you control lights with your voice, sounds fun, right?!

How can smart lighting make your lifestyle simpler?

Convenience

  • On and off at dawn, the door light on the front switches to changes in day length.
  • The lamps, an accent light burning a fireplace, and a kitchen under cabinet lighting will light up your entrance into your house (hands packed with food bags).
  • You say “turn on the kitchen lights” and all lights turn on so you can watch to put away food when your hands are full of it
  • You can say “turn on relaxing light” in your room and the lights in your room turn into a soft white light ideal for reading a book before bed.
  • You lay down on your bed after finishing reading and say “turn off the lights” without you getting off the bed.

Safety

  • Automate the lights into a dim house or space with motion sensors and contractor sensors.
  • Each room have a changeable color bulb that can turn red when a door is opened, water sensed, etc and alert you
  • Create a morning timer on the porch light on your front.
  • Schedule the lights to turn on and off randomly on holiday

Best Smart Home Lighting Products

Tips for Home Lighting

  • For saving on power usage and offering more versatile lighting options, dimming controls are strongly recommended.
  • Use light colors and reflections to create the mood that you like. Take a closer look at the addition of mirrors and replicating surfaces.
  • Be cautious about colorful bulbs.  Red and colder shades are better for a relaxed environment in dining rooms and lounges, while blues and colors can be left in calmer places such as the bedroom.
  • The level of lighting in your home depends on how much natural light the room gets. Take advantage of natural light wherever possible, since it can affect your wellbeing and mood positively.
  • Low light is easier to establish an effect of relaxation and relaxation. To promote operation, use brighter lighting for high-focus areas.
  • Save money by substituting LEDs and CFLs for your incandescent lamps.
  • Consult with an expert to ensure that you choose the correct wattage for each mount 

Common Mistakes to Avoid for Home Lighting

  • Choosing the wrong size of a light fixture- A small chandelier over a large kitchen island or a giant chandelier over a reading place does no good. Therefore, the right size is important: add together the width and height of the room in feet. The number you get will be the diameter of a good-fitting chandelier, but sized in inches.
  • Installing only one source of light- Installing only one light source will leave some areas dark. The lighting in the house should be balanced, that’s why it is a smart idea to use the three layers of lighting – ambient, accent, and task lights. Combined, these lights will provide the best possible lighting.
  • Poor lighting in smaller spaces- In narrower spaces, it is not sufficient to add overhead lighting. Using LED strip lamps, light bars, or under-cabinet lights, apart from overhead lighting. This makes the interior sleek, comfortable, and much easier to use.
  • Not considering the use of dimmers- Install dimmers for the home lighting, this will increase the lifespan of your lighting. A great alternative is the use of smart LED lights, which can be dimmed, change their color, and many other fun and practical things being operated from your smartphone or tablet PC
  • Neglecting specific lighting to meet specific needs- Wrong lighting fixtures will possibly ruin the whole appearance of the room. Think of the room’s key focus and pick the correct lighting. The fixtures should be of the right size and color, consisting of the material corresponding to the overall theme and giving sufficient illumination. 

Final Thoughts,

My final piece of advice to you would be to experiment with fixtures, do not be afraid to try out something new but the only factor you need to consider before finalizing the lighting options is to ensure that it is of the right use and is complementing your décor.

I Hope, I have been successful to help you plan your lightings well.

Thank you for visiting. Have a good day ahead!!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why does the house require good lighting?

General lighting is important for a home as it enhances mood and provides a warm, bright atmosphere in comparison to dark, unattractive environments. Insufficient lighting keeps the spaces from being shared by families and friends and makes a space feel small.

  1. Will plants grow with ordinary house lights?

You can purchase special light kits with fittings and reflectors, but you can choose a lamp or light system for standard plants as long as you carefully pick the light bulbs and position the lamps where your plants can gain most.

  1. What would I do with a living room with a ceiling light?

The space size should affect the choice of fittings. Measure the width of the space in feet, double it, and stick an “inch” at the end of the number to measure the diameter of your dream ceiling light.

  1. Are pendant lights going out of style?

Not at all. For their desired use, pendant lights are still very much in style. They are becoming more and more popular.

  1. What is the latest trend in kitchen lighting?

Although big, fluorescent surfaces are common in the past, the latest appearances revolve around low voltage recessed lamps, modern styles often with metal finish. Downlights recessed ensure even lighting.