When was the last time you gave your lighting some proper thought? Lights aren’t just another decorative element in the room, but highly functional pieces as well.
Here are some important aspects to look out for when choosing light fixtures:
1. The Size of A Room
Yes, size matters. You should know the measurements of the room you’re planning to buy light fixtures for, especially the height of the room.
For example, if a room is 10 feet tall, multiply this by 2.5 to 3 and you’ll get 25 feet to 30 feet, i.e. 25-30 inches. This should be the maximum height of the light fixture for your ceiling.
You can buy more than one light fixture for a large room. Ideally, you should have one large ceiling light for every 5-7 meters of ceiling space. Large ceiling lights include chandeliers, pendant lights and hanging lamps.
2. Light Locations
The placement of lights is rather important. For instance, a large ceiling light should hang over the dining table as this is the central focus of the room.
In other rooms, the light should hang over the spot where daily activities have to be carried out. In the kitchen, you could hang the light over the island counter. In the study, hang it over the desk and in the bathroom, over the bathtub or shower stall.
A general rule of thumb is that all lights should be in the center of the space and at least 15 centimeters higher than the top of any door or window in the room.
If you are using pendant lights instead of chandeliers, place them together in a straight line above the center of the room. Pendant lights are best suited vertically above a dining table.
3. Supplementary Lights
Usually, having just one or two big hanging lights may not be enough to brighten your room. You can supplement these with wall light fixtures, recessed lights or standing lamps. For wall lights, whether singular or double, they should be placed at least 1-1.5 meters apart.
You can place standing lights in the corner of the room, where they will look best. Recessed lights should also be spaced out at least 1-1.5 meters apart.
4. Choose a Theme for the Room
The lights you choose have to match the overall theme of the room. If you’re eyeing something classical with heavy carved wooden furniture, then a crystal chandelier works well. If you’re going for a modern look, a rounded or domed central pendant light will work well.
In a bedroom, you can opt for an electric candelabra as it will add elegance and glamor to an otherwise plain and simple decoration.
5. Cool or Warm Lights
Cool lights are often placed in spots where lots of focus is needed and work is done, such as the kitchen or the study. Warm lights are suitable for places where relaxation takes place, like the bedroom, living room or bathroom. However, this really depends on individual preference as some people just don’t want any cool lights or warm lights in their homes.
Here at Gawin.ph, we have specialized lighting professionals who can help you install any light fixtures you want, so you don’t have to endure the hassle of installing your own lights.
written by Michelle Chee