Why You Should Have Different Lighting Levels Around Your Home

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When you think about fitting the lighting in your home, you might think that not a lot of thought needs to go into it. However, there’s a lot more to lighting than meets the eye.

Here’s what you need to consider…

Ambience

The lighting you have influences the whole mood of a room and whoever uses it. Different activities call for different lighting moods.

Choose soft, ambient lighting for your living room and bedrooms. Wall sconces and tall lampshades can help with this, as they create a cosy atmosphere at night without being too overpowering.

Dimmable lamps are a plus! They give you more options to use the setting that feels right at the time.

Task Lighting

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There are other rooms in the house where you carry out certain tasks, for which you need a brighter, whiter light. This could include a home office, DIY workshop or a bathroom where you spend time getting ready for the day.

An illuminated mirror is handy to have in a bathroom because it gives you the extra light you need to get ready for work and social events. When it comes to make-up application especially, the extra lighting these mirrors provide can be a godsend.

Having a trusty desk lamp or floor lamp as a minimum in an area where you expect to work is important. This doesn’t just apply to your paid job, but also to any reading spots or craft rooms. Without the right lighting for the task, you may struggle during the darker months when the sun goes down early.

Highlighting certain features

If you take pride in your home’s décor, don’t ruin it with the wrong lighting! Sometimes lighting can have a decorative purpose as well.

Use track lighting or adjustable spotlights for special features you want to accentuate. This looks great when you have a striking feature wall or an exceptional piece of art. These types really enhance the aesthetic appeal of your space. What’s more, they also create a focal point that makes your room look more dynamic.

Security

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Lighting also acts as a deterrent to burglars. Perhaps the most important location for this is outside. Motion sensor lights and flood lights are both good options. If energy efficiency is a concern, there are solar-powered versions of these on the market that you might like to investigate.

It’s also recommended that you use indoor lighting to make it look like your home is still occupied when you’re away. Using plug-in time switches for lamps in the communal areas is an easy way to do this.

But security isn’t just about intruders. It’s also about being able to safely navigate your own home! Prevent trips and falls by making sure staircases and hallways have adequate lighting.

Get motion sensor lights for the areas that people are likely to use in the night but might not want to use the main lights for. They usually have easy-install strips that you can fix into place with magnetic brackets that have adhesive backings. This is extra convenient and safe because then nobody will have to scrabble around for a light switch or phone torch in the dark.

Lighting is a wonderful thing. Used to your full advantage, different lighting can create a cosy vibe, help you focus and boost security.