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What lighting should I choose
Your living room The basic principle for good lighting is always the same: a good mix of general light and spot light. Recessed spots or wall lamps can be used for general light, though wide-beam spots will do the job, too. Install some dimmers to create various moods. But, using only general light will give you a very flat result without any shadows. You have to add some accent lighting to complete the room. You have several zones in your living room and they all require different solutions. Above your table you can install some recessed spots, preferably adjustable ones, so you can move your table or enlarge it. Of course, a suspension spot or some surface mounted spots will also do. Over your bench, recessed as well as surface mounted spots are a good solution. Are your walls decorated? Some accent spots can highlight them.
Kitchen A good light for your kitchen is first and foremost one that functions. Your workspace and table should be lit properly. For the kitchen you have several options that follow these basic principles. However, the new trend is direct or indirect lights using fluorescent tubes. Recently, many brands have produced some very nice kitchen lighting designs. You can find a selection of them here.
Hall and stair lighting In your hallway, a nice way to add some light is to use some surface mounted spot lights to highlight your wall decorations. Another good solution, if you have the capability, is to install some recessed LED spot lights. For the wall next to your stairway, you can install some recessed LED-based wall lamps. You can find a wide selection of those lamps here.
Home Office Lighting Do you work at home? Some recessed or even surface-mounted spot lights will do the job. Also, don’t forget a nice desk lamp for your work surface.
Bedroom Lighting in your bedroom should be preferably both flexible and dimmable. You won’t need that much light when you are going to bed but choosing the right dress or cleaning your bedroom is a different story. Avoid installing recessed spots over your bed as they can blind you when you lay down.
Bathroom Bathroom lighting is somewhat special. You don’t need that many waterproof fixtures but your choice of material is important. Steel lacquered spots are not a good choice as they will rust. If you are considering placing some lighting fixtures within the bath or shower area itself, please be aware that there are specific guidelines that you must follow. Consult a professional before proceeding.
Garden Garden or outdoor lighting comes in many shapes and sizes but is always waterproof and made of non-corrosive materials. You get the best effect when your plants are nicely lit but the light source itself is invisible. Wide beam lamps brighten your lawn while a recessed ground spot creates an enchanting light, highlighting a special plant. Some LED wall lamps can guide you and increase security.
Security Security lighting should be installed away from people. LED lighting is the best. A few watts is sufficient power and the fixture can stay on the whole night. Security lights, just like garden lights, are waterproof and made of non-corrosive materials.
How do I choose my lighting
Choosing the right light is primarily a technical matter but aesthetics are also important. As consultants, our job is to focus on the technical aspects and possibilities. You either like a fixture or you don’t. We won’t interfere. What’s important to us is that the fixture is the right fit for you and gives off the right light. Over the last few years, energy efficiency has become another important factor and is now another issue that keeps us busy. And the arrival of LED lighting didn’t make things any easier.
You can divide lighting into many different categories: by indoor or outdoor lighting, by fixture type, by light source or just by answering the question, “What is its purpose?”
We divide lights into two basic categories: ceiling lights and wall lamps. Within these two groups we can further distinguish between surface mounted fixtures and recessed lights. A hanging lamp is categorized as a ceiling light. In addition, we also have free-standing fixtures such as floor lamps, reading lamps and desk lamps.
All of these fixtures can be outfitted with your choice of bulbs. Incandescent lamps are old-fashioned and can easily be replaced with a more energy-efficient or LED lamp. Halogen lamps are still a good option, while discharge lamps are used mainly in business settings such as stores or offices.
Finally, we divide lighting fixtures according to their function. You can choose a lamp just because you like it. This is considered as decorative, design, or simply modern lighting. Apart from that, we also distinguish between direct and indirect lights, downlights or general lights.
Taken together, the combination of all these lighting options makes it fairly difficult to choose the right lamp for you. To this end, we offer professional consultation in addition to our wide selection of lighting fixtures. Do you have a simple question? Use our contact form. Would you like for us to analyse your entire project? We can do that, too.
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Lighting must be functional. There are three criteria to keep in mind. The closer the light source is to the place it is meant to illuminate, the more efficient and more economical the light will be. Of course, the light source itself can also be more or less economical. LED, energy saving and fluorescent lamps are more economical than halogen or incandescent lamps. Finally, the light fixture must be both beautiful and functional. It must provide light in the right way to the right spot, not be too bright, be energy efficient and have a good built-in reflector.
Flexible light. Nowadays, many rooms in our houses have multiple purposes. A dinner with some friends requires a different kind of lighting than watching a film on television. Therefore, it is important to plan as many light points or outlets as possible to increase your lighting flexibility. Not only should your lighting scheme be flexible but the fixtures themselves should be dimmable.
Your light sources should not be too bright. This is a common error in projects. Strong lights that are unshielded kill the atmosphere in a home and should always be equipped with a dimmer switch. Accent lighting should always be placed so that it doesn’t shine directly into the eyes.
Planning is very important. The owner, architect, light specialist, and electrician should work together from the start of a project.