Choosing the appropriate lighting for your home can transform a dark, dull area into a warm, inviting space fit to both welcome guests and induce relaxation after a long day of work. Following is a sensible guide to planning lighting choices in some of the main areas of the home.
Home Exterior: Driveway, Garage, Walkway
Outdoor lighting acts as a guide for friends and family members making their way to the front door. It is a security feature that reduces the chances of a burglary. It also adds an elegant, decorative touch to the home’s nighttime curb appeal. First, make sure all paths and stairs are dimly lit on either side for guidance. Install a stronger illuminating light above the entry. Consider placing spotlights along the home’s foundation to emphasize distinctive architectural features. Motion-sensitive lighting mounted on the garage ensures the lights are only turned on when needed, saving utility costs and reducing light pollution in the neighborhood.
As guests enter your home, the entryway is their first introduction to your home’s design. The lighting fixture hanging above the door can heavily influence the overall style. Consider using a dramatic chandelier for narrow, smaller-sized foyers, but make sure the fixture choice blends with the rest of the home’s lighting theme.
The home’s kitchen requires a mixture of purposeful task lighting along with decorative accent fixtures that contribute to the room’s design. First of all, ensure each counter and workspace has sufficient lighting, including the pantry storage areas. Hanging pendant lights above kitchen islands is an example of both task and decorative lighting. Lights within cabinets, under cabinets or even under countertops provide clear illumination of darker spots while adding to the elegance of the room’s atmosphere. Use halogen lights for fixtures designed to brighten up a workspace, but opt for incandescent bulbs in fixtures such as general recessed lighting if you want your kitchen to have a soft, cozier feel.
The bathroom is where preparation for the day begins. For this reason, no matter which specific fixtures you choose, be sure to instruct your electrician to install a dimming switch so you can adjust the brightness in early morning hours. Avoid placing lights directly over the bathroom sink, since this will cast shadows on the face. Place fixtures on either side of the bathroom mirror for the best vanity task lighting, and make sure you have at least 36 inches of space between them.
The common living area is where many of the home’s activities take place. To best consider the variety of events conducted in the room, be sure to install a mix of lighting types, complete with a dimming switch for mood control. Ceiling-mounted lighting offers bright illumination for when more light is better. Floor and table lamps quickly alter the atmosphere, making it warmer and more intimate. If floor and table space is lacking, wall sconces are an acceptable substitute. These also work well for highlighting hanging artwork and decorations.
Selecting and installing lighting for your home does not have to be as challenging as it seems, especially when you work with the specialized lighting professionals at Stanger Electric. Call them today to set up an appointment if you need electrical assistance with your residential lighting.