Over the years, many of us have come to realise what good lighting can do for us in our homes. From providing gentle brightness to flattering glows all around your house to improving the ambience in specific rooms—good lighting is simply a necessity for our modern lifestyles, and can seriously improve eye health.
However, good lighting can’t be achieved simply by plugging in a lamp in certain rooms and expecting it to work, because misalignments and badly placed lights can create uncomfortable effects. For example, the things to avoid range from having too many overhead lights to not having dimmer switches to picking the wrong-sized fixtures.
With this in mind, we have come up with the right lighting tips for every room in your house for our latest edition of the Indonesia Tatler Guide. We promise it’s not difficult! Just follow these simple tips and tricks for instant better house lighting.
The main area in your home deserves the best lighting possible, but remember: good lighting is not the same as over-lighting. The living room needs three types of lighting in its four corners, including general, task and accent. To achieve this, direct one light’s focals to fall on an object (be it a painting, a chair, or another furniture highlight) and another on the walls.
If you’re not a fan of recessed lighting, you can opt for ambient lighting instead. Ambient lighting works because it bounces light off the ceiling, and it can be achieved in two different ways. First, you can use valance lighting (lamps located in wood, metal or glass) or opt for accent lighting (light focusing on architectural elements like wall sconces) and downlight LEDs.
Meanwhile, if you don’t have natural lighting and depend solely on overhead lights, then place a nice central pendant or chandelier that will help to zone your living room space. If you do have ample natural lighting, do the opposite: place an arched floor lamp for example.
Dining room and kitchen
The dining room and kitchen are unarguably two areas that need good lighting design, but which are often overlooked. Use a chandelier or pendant above the dining table as an overhead fixture, while indirect lighting can be applied to a kitchen by using task lighting and ambient lighting. Produce a kitchen’s ambient lighting by using ceiling-mounted TL LED lights and wall sconces and create task lighting by placing small table lamps on the sideboard and using undercabinet lighting. Tip: don’t forget to use dimmer switches for kitchen and dining room areas as these allow you to control the light levels.
It should come as no surprise that bedrooms should exude a relaxing, cosy and comfortable atmosphere, and lighting plays an important role in this. Bedroom lighting should comprise bedside reading lamps and closet lighting, but the two should not be directed at the bed. Place your reading LED lamps or wall-mounted light fixtures indirectly on the bed and put track fixtures or recessed lighting in your dressing room or closet area instead. Bedroom lighting can also include floor lamps, architectural lighting and wall mirrors. Note: it’s always wise to avoid dark-coloured walls as they reflect less light.
Illuminate your life
With the wide range of lighting designs mentioned, now is the time to consider buying LED bulbs that suit your perfectly planned lighting designs. The new Philips LED Eye Comfort provides an all-in-one solution for all your lighting dilemmas. These LED lamps not only offer superior lighting quality compared with other brands and gentle brightness for every room in your home; they also provide even light distribution and superior eye comfort that immediately reduce glare and non visible flickering.
Of course, it should go without saying that the purpose of having good lighting in your home is not only to achieve even light distribution and for design flair, but also for the health of your eyes. This is especially true for young children who need gentle brightness to relieve stress on their developing eyes after long hours spent in school.
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In the end, who doesn’t want well-lit homes and healthier, happier eyes? Thank you, Philips LED Eye Comfort.