Tips To Avoid Over Or Under Lighting A Room

Lighting a room requires a delicate balance to make it feel warm and welcoming. Too little lighting, or illumination in the wrong places, and it can feel drab and dingy. On the other hand, too many bright lights ruin the ambience, making your home feel cold and impersonal. Here are some tips to get the balance right.


Layer your lighting

Make sure that in your main living areas, you include three layers of lighting. Firstly, ambient lighting, which is generally provided by ceiling or pendant lights. This should be complemented with accent lighting, which is often in the form of recessed wall lights and lamps, used to provide an extra layer or highlight decorative features.

Finally, task lighting is functional, to provide enough light for you to read, cook, or carry out other chores or hobbies. Make sure you achieve a good balance of all three types of light.


Choose the right size of light for the space

You may see a design of light which appeals to you aesthetically, but you should also consider whether it will look in proportion once installed in the room. If you are viewing the product online, write down the measurements, and mock up the shape in cardboard to see how it looks in the place you intend it for.

A too small light will look mean and may not provide enough light; whereas an oversized light or lamp will dominate the room and detract from the other features.


Add dimmer switches to your lights

Recessed wall lights in particular can make a room feel over lit when on full brightness, but when switched off the room is too dark. Avoid this problem by adding dimmer switches so that you can control the ambience of the room. If there are several recessed lights controlled by one switch, see if they can be made separate.


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