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Five Things to Consider When Buying Lighting for Your Home

Lighting can make or break a home. The right lighting will show off all of the good stuff while down playing the bad. The wrong lighting can do plenty of things, from keep you awake at night, to showing every smudge on the wall, to hiding mould. When buying lighting for your home, it’s important that you make the right decisions.

Below, we are going to explore five things that you should be considering when buying lighting for your home.

1.    Consider the appropriate amount of light for the room at different times of the day.

The way you use light in your home is very important to your circadian rhythm. If you spend too much time in bright light, it can keep you awake at night. Likewise, if you don’t spend enough time in daylight (or something closely approximating that) during the day, it can make you feel tired and sluggish.

Depending on the room, and when you use it, you need to choose the light levels carefully. For example, in your bedroom, you will need dim lights for use at night, but a bright light for use during the day. You can combine dimmer switches or lamps and overhead lighting to achieve this.

The trick is to understand whether the room should be a wide-awake room or a sleepy room, and then choose lighting appropriately.

2.    Consider the energy efficiency rating of the light.

Some lights are very expensive, and they can cost you a lot of money to run. Clearly, the older the lamp, the less efficient it is likely to be. However, do not take these things for granted, make sure that you check the energy rating of the appliance before you buy it.

Not just this, but also check the type of bulbs that it takes, and how much energy they will use, too.

3.    If you want an amazing light set up then consider using a special lighting service from your local lighting shop.
The top-of-the-range lighting specialists can work wonders in your home. To see what we mean, just go online and look at some expensive houses and how they have made use of light. Designing a light system is now a full time job for some people, because homeowners have cottoned on to the wonderful effects that you can obtain via light.

Take a trip to your local lighting shop and ask them to sit down and create a design with you. You might have to travel further afield if you live far away from one of the major cities. For instance, if you live in Guildford, you might find that the lighting shops South West London are your closest option.


4.    Use the correct type of lighting for the correct space.
Many people love down lighting (sometimes called spot lighting), but that doesn’t mean that you should have it in every room. Typically, it only works well in utility rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. We would recommend against its use in other room.

Likewise, a stand-up lamp is usually only appropriate in ambient rooms, such as the lounge or the bedroom.

5.    Remember that lighting sets the mood.
In rooms where you need to set the mood, such as the bedroom (for you know what) or the dining room (for your dinner guests), you should use lighting that allows you to reflect that mood. Here, a mixture of ambient and practical lighting is essential, so that you can choose between the two.

If you would like further help and advice from some lighting specialists, then please visit mrsparx.co.uk