Lighting can make or break a home’s interior, and should therefore be a key consideration in the early stages of any self-build or renovation project. We’ve highlighted below our top lighting tips that every self-builder should consider before embarking on their build journey.
Plan your lighting scheme room-by-room
When designing the lighting for your home, we recommend that you take into account the unique requirements of each room, rather than simply taking a blanket approach. For example, modern kitchens are seldom used for just cooking – they are also spaces to study, relax, and entertain – and therefore require flexible lighting solutions to suit every scenario. Whilst colour changing-bulbs may be the perfect accompaniment to a summer party, they won’t be at all useful when it comes to doing homework or preparing food; for specific activities such as these, fit-for-purpose task lighting should be installed.
Take control of your lighting
Having full control over the lighting in your home is almost as important as the physical fittings you choose to install. Using dimmer switches throughout your home will allow you to change the ambience in any room to fit the time of day or the occasion. Additionally, layering light is great way to have full control over the lighting in each room throughout your home – for example, incorporating several table and floor lamps into your living room will help you to create the perfect relaxation space for the evenings.
When building your own property, keeping costs down and staying on budget is absolutely critical. It is therefore important to utilise materials and fittings that not only save in the short-term, but also deliver in the long-term. When it comes to lighting it can be tempting to opt for fittings and bulbs with low upfront costs, but this can end up costing more over time, as bulbs will need replacing more frequently, and require more energy to run. LED lighting is the most efficient form of lighting available, as it uses up to 90% less energy when compared with traditional incandescent bulbs, and 60% less when compared to fluorescents. Additionally, LED bulbs also have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, far greater than traditional bulbs, which means they rarely need changing. Whilst the initial outlay can be slightly higher, LED is by far the most cost effective long-term solution.
Natural daylight should be maximised wherever possible, as this will help to make rooms feel larger, and minimise the need for artificial lighting throughout the day (which again will help keep running costs low). Where possible, main living areas and kitchens should be south-facing to allow as much natural light into the rooms; conversely, north-facing rooms will typically receive less direct sunlight, making them better suited to becoming bedrooms, which require less light.
When planning a self-build or renovation project, lighting should be a top priority. Lighting plays an important role in not only the illumination of your property, but also on the style of your interior. If you still have questions around the best ways to design the lighting throughout your property then get in touch with one of our experts today.