How to choose the 'right light' for each room in your home
Having the right lighting installed in your home can enhance a room and impact the overall ambience of your home. Whilst there is much thought that goes into the aesthetics and placement of your lighting, less attention is often given to choosing the right light globe to get the best out of your lighting.
However, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of choosing the right globe, as your choice will impact the ambience and functionality of your space, ultimately impacting your time spent in that room.
When choosing the right light globe, it is important to consider the following to help you get a better understanding of the type of light output you are looking for:
Function of each room
Think about how you use each room in your home and the main activities you undertake within each of these rooms. For areas in the home where you want ambience lighting to add illumination (e.g., Dining Room or Living Room), we suggest warm white globes, between 806 – 1100 lumens. In contrast to areas in the home that require a brighter light for focused activities (e.g., Kitchen or Bathroom), we’d recommend cool white globes, between 1100 – 1900 lumens.
Main times of the day you spend in each room
For most people, the bedroom is somewhere they retreat to at the end of the day for a good night’s sleep. For a restful sleep, it is recommended that you avoid blue light in the hours leading up to bedtime, therefore you want to avoid using cool white globes in your bedroom – we suggest warm ambient lighting between 806 – 1100 lumens to help create a relaxed environment which is conducive to sleep.
Type of lighting you use in each room
In most rooms in your home, you will have a mixture of general/ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Understanding the main purpose of each of these lighting functions will help create layered lighting that is complementary to your environment.
General/Ambient Lighting: Used to add general illumination to a room and is intended to provide a consistent level of light throughout the space.
Task Lighting: Task lighting is used to create focused lighting for specific tasks or activities. In a home study/office, you would most likely use general ceiling lighting to add overall light to the room, but task lighting in the way of a desk lamp, to provide focused illumination to your work area.
Accent Lighting: Used to highlight or emphasise an object or area, accent lighting is often used in entranceways or above artwork to create a dramatic effect.
Whilst individual lifestyles and preferences should be considered, this simple guide will help you to identify the most suitable light globe for each room within your home.