Modern Home Lighting Options Shed New Light on Interior Design

The way you approach home lighting can make the difference between a cozy home and a stark living space. Home lighting is so much more than just a few lamps. It’s a whole house design that unifies your space and makes it warm and inviting.

Sure, you’ll want to start with some lamps. The lamps you choose will say a lot about your particular style. Go with bold designs or traditional, but either way choose shades that disperse the light well. The shade is what will make your home lighting look inviting and not overexposed.

Another factor of home lighting is task lighting. You’ll need to see what you are doing when you are cooking or performing other kitchen tasks. Having under-counter lighting works wonders. Usually, shadows are cast from overhead lights when they hit your cabinets. With under-cabinet lights you can see what you’re chopping or writing. There are no more dark pockets in the kitchen. Kids can see their homework and you can read your recipes.

Consider adding track lighting to your home as well. These are rows of lights that accent certain areas of a room. Gone are the days of cheap looking exposed bulbs in a row. Today’s track lights are elegant and housed in pretty casings so they look finished. You can turn them in just about any direction so they accent a piece of furniture or art. They can really add to the ambiance in a space and create little rooms where you have just a big open expanse of space.

Whole house lighting is something you should plan out when you are planning the design of your house. But if you’re living in a rental or an older house, you may need to rethink the existing configurations. You can take down any garish chandeliers the last tenants left and replace them with choices that work better with your lifestyle.

One visit to a home store’s lighting section will have you marveling at all the options available. You don’t have to settle for less than perfect lighting for your home. Create a reading nook, illuminate the dining table, accent a stairwell or a loft. It can all be done with the right lighting and you can do it yourself with a little forethought.

No two homes and no two homeowners are exactly alike. That’s why there are so many choices on the market for lamps, overhead lights, desk lamps and track lights. Choose from among your favorites and then light up your night.

Home Theater Room Design

You may have always dreamed of building your own home theater, enjoying the movies all to yourself without any distractions. You now come to the deciding point, to build a home theater or not to build one? There are certain things which need to be considered in home theater room design. There are basic components which include the room design, acoustics, lighting and the equipment.

First you have to choose where you are going to put your home theater. If you have a spare room, it is a good choice. If you are going to convert another room for your home theater, then planning that must be considered too. Having selected the place, you need to consider the design that you will use. You may want to choose a room where the screen is the centerpiece of the room. You may choose to place all the chairs on the other side of the room. You may also consider a simple theater room where sofas and the equipment are only there. You may even want to put in a refrigerator or a microwave so you can get food easily while watching.

Chairs are an important element too in the design you might want to have a sofa stuck on the wall or a reclining chair. You can also choose to have theater seats built into your home theater. This depends on you and what you think is comfortable.

Second is that you need to fix the acoustics. Sound is very important in a home theater room design. A movie is useless without the sound. You may opt for a surround sound system when choosing your theater room design. Within the room, you may do some tricks in order to keep sound from bouncing off this is to preserve the sound in the room.

Light is an important element of home theaters. In movie theaters, lights are dimmed. Especially when watching a movie, light are switched off. This enhances the colors that you see when you watch a movie. Every detail will be seen properly when the lights are turned off. With the room, as much as possible, do not put too much windows since light can penetrate into the room and disrupt a movie. It is okay if small ventilation is put, but a room can do without this since you may have the room with an aircon.

Lastly, when choosing a home theater room design, the system and equipment is important. You have to choose them really well. These must just fit into your room. It is not about having the biggest screen of speakers. What is important that when choosing the equipment such as the screen and speakers, they fit well into the room. No matter what equipment you choose to put in your home theater, make sure that all the wiring are hidden to prevent accidents or unplugging them while in the middle of a movie.

You may want to look at different tips and designs on home theater room designs. You can start by looking at possible equipment and fixtures that you may use. It is recommended to seek professional help when building a home theater in your home.

Home Lighting Design For Aging Eyes – Part 2 – The Math

PROLOGUE

Please note that this is the second part of a two-part series on Home Lighting Design For Aging Eyes – this is about The Math, the earlier submission is about The Basics. [Hang on mathphobes, this stuff boils down to one number times another number equals a third number – like 2×6=12, like – like that you can take to a lighting professional who can deliver the illuminance goods.]

RECAP

In Part 1, we were presented with a unique set of rules and restrictions for home lighting design for aging eyes to two purposes. First, to achieve home lighting design standards more suitable to aging eyes (which the literature allows begin to need extra light in their 40s). Second, to translate these new home lighting design standards into numerical targets of common metrics readily identifiable in the retail lighting marketplace.

Common home lighting metrics include lpW (lumens/Watt) which illuminance efficiency data have been around quite a while and CRI and CCT lighting quality data which were hard come-by up until the last few years, as fluorescent makers “warmed up” their bulbs, and, particularly, their compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs.

EXAMPLE

Comment: OK, let’s try on an example.

A bedroom has an ambient fc target value of 40, i.e., 40 lm/ft squared. That’s a given. The bedroom we’re targeting in this example is, say, 200 ft squared in floor surface area. 40 lm/ft squared multiplied by 200 ft squared = 800 l, our lumen target.

This house designer is not immediately, if at all, interested in that with which the space gets lighted (noting that method will be specified in the plan set, but rarely materials), except that it be lighted evenly and, by specific instruction, avoid lighting flutter from ceiling fan blades interrupting cast light. He’s not interested in specific luminaires (handled broadly in notes attendant to a lighting design schedule) by type, size, or, usually, specific site. Immediately, home lighting designer interest is in determining lumens for given spaces.

Eventually, choosing among materials and methods is for the knowledge of lighting pros and interior decorators and the personal sense of clients, etc.

Comment: Again, it’s the lumen number for a space coming from the Rules in Part 1-The Basics that bridges the gap between your lighting interests and intentions and the folks who know a lot about lighting but not a lot about you. At its easiest, bring your lighting professional The Basics and The Math – and the plan set.

NIGHTLIGHTING SCHEDULE

These calculations end up in a home lighting design Nightlighting Schedule defining by-level and by-space fc target, actual square feet, lm target, and distinction of task or ambient. Some spaces are necessarily scheduled in more than one line when, for example, task illuminance target varies from, say, shower to vanity – both for different target levels and square footage. Comment: It’s labeled “Nightlighting” to oppose it to a “Daylighting” Schedule of natural illumination to interior spaces – separate subject. Nightlighting and Daylighting can interrelate – yet, another subject in residential lighting design.

NIGHTLIGHTING NOTES

A home lighting design Nightlighting Schedule can be presented with extensive notes, including:
1. selected types of luminaires indicated, in order to keep perspective broad;
2. certain materials preferred, e.g., brilliant reflectors to get the maximum illuminance out of CFL downlighting;
3. rules of artificial, or mechanical, illuminance design repeated as a fall-back reference;
4. methods emphasized, e.g., layering, dimmers, under-cabinet skirting, etc.;
5. materials array is recapped, e.g., pendant, sconce, cove, etc.;
6. lighting quality hurdles indicated; site-specific concerns identified, e.g., about lighting potentially high-hazard spaces, possibly troublesome glare, cold-weather fluorescent materials and methods, safety-switching, continuous service rating, etc.

ELECTRICAL & LIGHTING PLAN

The home lighting design Nightlighting Schedule and related notes get translated in the Electrical & Lighting Plan in plan view.

This is not about beating a dead horse with texted table, extensive notes, and now a floor plan expression of wiring including lighting. This is about taking the wiggle-room out of residential lighting design and installation in application.

First, let the home designer define the lighting plan overall. Let the interior designing be done by designers guiding clients, based on the lighting plan. Then let the installation, the construction begin based on the interior designing and lighting pro’s instructions.

This custom home designer writes on the electrical plan space-by-space. He prescribes: foot candles by site, e.g., vanity, overall bath; distinction of foot candles by site by, i.e., task and ambient; switching and circuitry; and notes that, aside from specified heights and spreads of sconce luminaire, all aspects of luminaire materials and methods are done by others.

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