Lighting Tips For Your Home

The following are some general lighting tips for the different rooms of your home:

Living Rooms

living-room

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

kitchen

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

bathroom

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 Rooms

dining-room

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

Bedrooms

bedroom

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

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