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7 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE BUYING LIGHTS FOR YOUR HOME

INTRODUCTION

The modern lighting industry is overwhelmed with as many tricked up sales techniques and miss information as a fortune teller festival. Each “vendor” promising you, your future dreams from their tent. Good lighting is not only about using the right product but using the right product the right way to create an illuminated visual comfort that enhances your homes architectural features, creates atmosphere, and supports ease of use and good sleeping patterns. Yes you read that right. Your home lighting can help, not hinder your sleep.

 

Light, not only enables us to see, but connect with the world around us, and as such, has the ability to influence psychological and emotional states. The experience we have in a space can be enriched consciously through effective lighting methodologies, therefore it is important to have a clear understanding of what you are wanting to light and why.

 

Good lighting is as much of an investment as the products and surfaces being illuminated. The quality of everything you see in your home is determined by the quality of the light illuminating it. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a $12 dollar fitting, produces the same quality light as an $80 fitting.

 

Here are seven questions you should ask yourself, before purchasing lights for your home.

WHAT ARE YOUR LIGHTING AND WHY?

Before you even look at lights, you should be asking yourself, what am I lighting and why?

 

WHAT?

Take your kitchen for example. Too often, we see people putting lights over the standing space between the island benchtop and the built-in kitchen cupboards…WRONG! This often creates shadows over the island benchtop, workstation, and basically anywhere you actually need the light. Instead, you should be looking at lighting the benchtop itself, so you can actually see what you are doing with that sharp knife!

 

WHY?

Is it for function such as cooking or cleaning, for ambience and atmosphere or for accent eg highlighting the artwork you recently hung? Each will require a different approach to identifying the right product.

It is important to identify the various space and “tasks”, that will be performed in the areas of your home, these can vary gravely and will require as varied lighting solutions. For example,

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KITCHEN

 

Functional lighting is important over the benchtop, where fine knife work will be carried out. And over the stovetop, to ensure that meat is cooked properly.

If these work stations are lit properly, there will be enough spill light to illuminate foot traffic areas.

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BATHROOM

Your main bathroom might require quality lighting around the vanity to enable application of makeup, but may also benefit from a lighting arrangement that can be dimmed or atmospheric for a relaxing soak in the tub.

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LOUNGEROOM

Loungerooms in general, are multipurpose areas, you will require adequate lighting for activities such as playing board games or reading, but might also require something more atmospheric for when enjoying a wine and a good catch up.

 

And lets not forget that loungerooms are a great place to display artwork, they too will require their own illumination.

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