Using a variety of lighting types seems like an obvious thing to do, both commercially and in the home, as we use a variety of lighting types in our homes and workplaces. But having really good and efficient lighting that not only lights up your space, but also makes the room look good is not as easy as it seems because there is a lot to know about good lighting. This is probably why so many people make so many mistakes when it comes to choosing lighting. So, to help you avoid making common lighting mistakes, we’ve summarized some of the mistakes below and ways to correct them.
1. Only one light source
Mistake: One of the most popular lighting mistakes, anyone who leaves their lighting choices to last makes the mistake of installing only one light source in a room, even if the room is large and naturally dark. A single light source will make it difficult to see, especially if we’re talking about a space such as a kitchen or home office, and a single light source can make us uncomfortable and even make you not want to use the space.
Solution: One way to solve this mistake is to use at least three layers of lighting in each room so you can make sure that the lighting can reach all corners of the space and illuminate so that the work is comfortable The three layers of lighting should be overhead lighting or ambient lighting that provides general lighting for the room, which is task lighting for a specific area of the room (such as a desk or kitchen counter) and will illuminate the area so you can better understand what you are doing, accent lighting will add an element of style to the room and help illuminate the room and make it brighter.
2. Not installing lighting control options
Mistake: Another thing people often forget when setting up lighting is that there are many lighting control options available to you that will not only improve lighting efficiency, but also help you set the right mood for the room.
Solution: So consider equipping your home lighting fixtures, especially overhead fixtures, with different lighting control options that will not only allow for more versatility, but also allow you to use the lighting in a more energy-efficient way. For example, things like dimmers are a great thing to have in a room because they allow you to control how bright or dim the light is, which can change the mood of the space. Who doesn’t like dim bedroom mood lights or lower intensity lights for movie night in the living room. Another option is motion detectors and timers, as these systems allow you to use lighting more efficiently in rooms where you are constantly in and out of the room. For example, storage rooms, checkrooms and laundry rooms may be ideal spaces for motion-sensor lights, which will eliminate the need to turn lights on and off every time you enter and exit that room, and can help you save energy because the lights in those rooms will automatically turn off after a certain amount of time if you forget to turn them off.
3. Not properly lighting small spaces
Mistake: Then many people also forget to put lights in small spaces above closets or kitchen counters, and these spaces get lost in the dark. Many people just install overhead lights and don’t even think they should add lighting in those tight places. What it does is that when you stand in front of these spaces and turn your back to the ambient light, it not only creates additional shadows, but it’s counterproductive because if your storage or work space is dark and you can’t see anything in it, then you probably won’t use it as often because it’s still dark.
The solution: Don’t let closets, pantries or other small spaces become black holes in your home, and light it up properly with extra light. One of the best lighting solutions is LED lights because LEDs are usually very bright and come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can customize them for smaller spaces and their needs. The advantage of small spaces is that they don’t always need overhead lights, so they will be illuminated, so you can actually use such lights and even install the lights on the side or in the corners of small spaces, therefore not only brightening them, but also creating interesting lighting fixtures in your house.
4. Using the wrong color temperature lamp
Mistake: Eventually, people tend to choose the completely wrong color temperature, which automatically makes the room feel uncomfortable and washes out the colors in the space, making them look dull and drab. Color temperature is essentially a way of describing how warm or cool light appears, and usually ranges from very blue cool-toned light (about 10,000 Kelvin) to red warm-toned light (about 1,700 Kelvin). And, when you choose the wrong color temperature light for a room, it can go from your “oasis” to a room you can’t stand simply because the color of the light is incorrect.
Solution: To solve this problem, you need to make sure that you adjust the color temperature of the light for the specific room as well as the color of the walls, because these factors are usually the main ones that can help you choose the right color temperature lighting. For example, if your room is painted in warm tones and your furniture has warm tones such as brown, orange and red, or if you only want to create warm tones in your space, you should choose warm white colored bulbs in the 2,400 to 3,000 kelvin range. However, if your room has many cooler tones (such as blues and greens) or you just want your space to look very bright and illuminated, then look for lights in the 4,000 to 6,000 kelvin range, as these bulbs will emit cool white light and will enhance the color of the painted walls, making them look vibrant.
Home lighting will be pleasant and relaxing when designed properly. On the contrary, rough and unreasonable lighting design will not only fail to achieve good lighting effect, but also be very detrimental to human health.
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