Time to plan new lighting?
Are you unsure how to light your kitchen, bathroom, entranceway? Here you’ll find some help in terms of what to think about when planning. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We'll help you find the right choice for you! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re remodelling and are looking for tips for how to light the kitchen, bathroom, entranceway etc. What luminaires do you recommend? How should they be positioned, and what should you keep in mind? What should we keep in mind ahead of a renovation/new construction using LED lighting.?
Response: To us, lighting is about accentuating the room and emphasising light in spaces where it is needed. For renovations/new construction the below points can be good to work your way through to plan your lighting in the best possible way.
What type of home do you have?
Response: Choose floodlights suited to the architectural style of the house. A single storey house with a smooth façade and wall sections may do well with soffit lights while a house with more protruding details, such as wood window casings, may be harder to fit with soffit lighting as it's difficult to avoid deep shadows giving the house a harsher feeling. Positioning is key. It's better to light only the wall sections and have an uneven centre-to-centre distance than to have even distances but with hard shadows. Think about how the light falls across the surface.
What does the garden look like?
Response: Is there some vegetation that could be illuminated? Trees, flowerbeds, or maybe just a fence or wall. Use available vertical spaces to “create a room” with the help of lighting.
What are the interior material choices such as colours, walls, and floors?
Response: It can be good to know that dark colours absorb light, while lighter colours reflect it. A room with darker colouration will never seem as bright as one that is painted white. If you have a dark floor it may be smart to focus light on the walls if they are lighter, in order to still make the room feel bright.
What type of ceiling (sloping or level)?
Response: Keep in mind that level ceilings make it easier to adapt light to the walls or walking paths of the room while a sloped ceiling is better suited to a more even placement. For sloped ceilings it needs to be possible to tilt the down lights to match the ceilings slope to be able to direct the lights straight downwards.
What is the room's ceiling height?
Response: For higher ceilings it may be necessary to have stronger down lights, while for lower ceilings, those just over 2m, it may be better to have a down light with a wider beam and/or weaker light.
All this affects the choice of lighting solutions. In the next step its can be good to think through the following:
What colour temperature do you want for your lighting (LED)?
3000K that gives a halogen feel or even warmer tone, 2700K that gives off more of an incandescent type of light?
What type of shape do you want the luminaires to have?
Square, round, or a mix of the two?
Where do you need direct light as opposed to general lighting?
Walk around each room and think about where you need light.
Are there any details in the house you want to light up especially?
Walk through each room and consider if there is something specific you want to use lighting to accentuate.
What type of control system do you want?
Simple with switches/dimmers or something more advanced. When choosing a control system, it is important to ensure it is compatible with the lighting solution you choose.