For the successful interior design of your home, lighting is an essential element not to be taken lightly. Just thinking about all the possibilities available to you and the technical constraints involved can give you a headache. However, with our guide, you can easily put together an effective day-to-day lighting scheme that suits your taste, needs, and wallet.
Plan and design your lighting system
The study of the layout of your electrical networks as well as your light sources is a crucial step not to be neglected in your construction or renovation work. Indeed, you must study your interior design according to your needs and the feasibility of things, but especially in the order of priorities.
Thus, the lighting of your house must be carefully thought out and must blend perfectly with the architectural style you wish to give to each room of the house. As this type of implementation is a great asset, it can very well enhance a layout and set the scene, including the case of the suspension of lights above a bar or a central island, the inlay of spotlights on the floor to enhance a wall or a specific material, etc.
The different types of lighting modes
We can distinguish four main lighting modes with very distinct needs, depending on their use and function:
General lighting or main lighting
The main role of this lighting system is to bring light to the entire room. In most cases, a single ceiling fixture can illuminate the entire room. However, to increase the effectiveness of this main light, we recommend that you multiply the light sources in a larger room. This can be done by using various sconces, upward-facing floor lamps, or adjustable spotlights.
This is a type of lighting reserved for a well-defined space. It is available in different formats, thanks to a multitude of choices of fixtures to be fixed or placed (including the reading lamp).
As its name indicates, it is used to highlight some of your accessories, including paintings, prints, and knick-knacks. Its greatest asset is that it can play with volumes and modify the perception of space. This by opting for specific lights, fancy lamps, or spotlights equipped with colored bulbs …
This type of lighting is rather intended to make functional and more comfortable the various activities of the house. Indeed, it includes the various technical lighting, including the lighting of the bathroom, the kitchen, the places of passage (entrance, corridor, staircase), the garage, and also your storage.
How to reduce costs despite the various lighting systems present in the house?
It is obvious that lighting can be a significant expense in a house. Indeed, its multiple uses, day and night, can significantly impact the amount of your bill. However, in order to minimize their impact on your finances, it is recommended to favor natural light during the day. Moreover, opting for large bay windows in carpentry will significantly help you privilege this gift of nature.
Despite this, don’t forget to think about the security of your home by mixing your bay windows with protective metal grills as well as metal doors. Do not hesitate to call on professional carpenters such as Metal and Steel to advise you on the choice of your metal joinery. They will be able to help you optimize the entry of natural light through your windows.
On the other hand, it is clear that you cannot do without your lighting during the night. Therefore, we recommend that you opt for LED bulbs for your lights. These will allow you to make significant energy savings, unlike other types of bulbs.
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