When designing your new home, one important consideration is choosing the right light fittings. A lighting scheme can be an integral part of your home’s overall style and functionality, so it’s essential to select the right fittings to meet your requirements.
Here are some tips on how to choose the best light fittings for your new home:
What is the room’s purpose?
The first thing to consider when selecting light fittings is the purpose of the room. Is it a bedroom, kitchen, or living room? Different rooms have different lighting requirements. For example, a bedroom should have a warm and relaxing atmosphere, while a kitchen requires brighter and more practical lighting. Which is why at Jones homes we include LED downlights and under-cupboard task lighting in our kitchens as standard.
Consider the room’s size
The size of the room is another crucial factor when selecting light fittings. A large room will need more lighting than a smaller one, while a small room may require more strategically placed lighting to create the illusion of space. Additionally, the ceiling height will also play a role in determining the type of fitting to choose. Some of our larger house types at Jones Homes, are designed with additional ceiling height to the ground floor meaning these rooms can accommodate a larger feature light fitting.
Choose the right type of fitting
There are several types of light fittings to choose from, including pendant lights, chandeliers, wall lights, and recessed lighting. Pendant lights and chandeliers are ideal for larger rooms, while wall lights are perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere in smaller spaces. Recessed lighting is great for modern and minimalist interior designs.
Select the right colour temperature
The colour temperature of a light bulb determines the ambiance and mood of the room. A warm, yellowish light is suitable for creating a relaxing and comfortable environment, ideal for a living room or bedroom. While a cool, blueish light is best for stimulating productivity and alertness. LED lights are available in a wide range of colour temperatures to suit any mood and style. A good tip is to keep a written record of the type and colour of bulbs used in each of your rooms. This will be really useful when it comes to be time to buy replacement bulbs (lamps) and helps avoid accidently buying and installing different shades within the same room.
Consider energy efficiency
Energy-efficient light fittings can help reduce your electricity bills while minimizing your carbon footprint. LED lights are the most energy-efficient option, using up to 80% less energy than traditional bulbs. These can also be used in any additional decorative lamps you may choose to buy.
Don’t forget about style
Finally, it’s essential to consider the overall style of your home when selecting a lighting scheme. The fittings should complement your existing décor and add to the overall aesthetic. If your home has a traditional design, a chandelier or pendant light might be an excellent choice. For a modern and minimalist home, recessed lighting or sleek and simple fixtures might work well.