The following are some general lighting tips for the different rooms of your home:
Living rooms should have ambient lighting that creates a laid back, easy-going atmosphere. This is accomplished by integrating valance lighting that reflects off walls, rather than shining directly out into the room. If more light is desired, recessed lighting makes for a great addition.
Lamps are great additions to living room lighting as well. If you use lamps, make sure that they accent certain features, such as a chairs, fireplaces, or plants.
Lumens: 1,750 to 3,000
Kitchens are typically the brightest room in the home. Most homes have windows above their kitchen sinks in order to capitalize on the extra light. Generally, a well-lit kitchen will have a fixture above the island, under-cabinet lighting, and cove lighting throughout the room.
Lumens: 4,500 to 9,000
Bathrooms should have a central ceiling fixture, as well as lighting above the mirror. If there isn’t lighting above the mirror, the central ceiling fixture will cast a shadow on the person who is looking into the mirror.
Lumens: 4,500 to 7,500
Dining room lighting should emphasize the table with a central ceiling fixture, such as a chandelier or another form of pendant lighting. In addition, mounted ambient wall fixtures, such as sconces should be placed on walls opposite one another.
Lumens: 2,500 to 6,500
While it’s a common practice, having a central ceiling fixture in a bedroom actually disrupts the relaxing atmosphere of the room. A better lighting solution is to incorporate cove lighting, wall mounted fixtures, and lamps. Recessed lighting helps to keep the room open and flowing.
Lumens: 2,500 to 4,000