Choosing the Right Lighting for Your Interior
Intentional, well-planned residential lighting can provide many benefits for homeowners, especially if care is taken to ensure each space is properly lit with the right fixtures. However, when it comes to choosing the right lighting fixtures for each space, homeowners may feel overwhelmed with the wide variety of options available in stores and online. There are many factors to consider for properly illuminating the various rooms in your home, and in today’s blog, we’ll review a few of them and why proper lighting is so important.
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Why is Proper Lighting Important?
We know that a well-lit home is a welcoming one, but why else is adequate residential lighting so important? Below, we’ve reviewed a few reasons why it’s important for homeowners to make sure their homes have ample lighting.
Health and Safety
It might seem like common sense, but proper indoor lighting is very important for your health and safety for many reasons. Because different rooms are used for different purposes, the benefits of a well-lit space can vary from room to room. Consider the following:
In the kitchen: proper lighting is essential while preparing meals to prevent injuries such as burns and cuts.
- In stairways: ample light is needed to prevent trips and falls.
- In the bathroom: overhead light is necessary to avoid slipping in the shower or on the floor.
- In the garage: overhead light fixtures and task lighting are essential when performing vehicle repairs or using power tools.
- Outdoors: proper lighting will allow you to see changes in elevation, tripping hazards, and other dangers.
Regardless of which room you are in, proper lighting will help you see properly while completing both general and detail-oriented tasks to ensure you don’t get hurt.
Security and Comfort
While home security threats are present during daytime hours and after dark, a home that is well-lit is less likely to get broken into or vandalized because there is minimal dark shadows for criminals to hide in. In addition to home security, proper lighting is important for many people as they come and go from their home. For example, imagine you have to work long hours at the office and you return home long after dark. Some homeowners are more comfortable coming home to a house that has adequate exterior lighting than one that is dark inside and out.
Room By Room Lighting Considerations
Now that we’ve reviewed the importance of having adequate lighting for your home, we’ll take a closer look at a few considerations for making sure the most frequently used rooms in your home are lit well.
Often described as the command center of the home, a lot goes on in your kitchen. Whether you’re entertaining a large group for the holidays or helping the kids with their homework, you’ll want to make sure that the room is properly illuminated for every task. In the kitchen, properly placed overhead light fixtures, such as recessed can lights, are essential for properly lighting the room with enough ambient light that will allow you to see and move around safely and easily. If you are someone that does a lot of food preparation, pendant lights are a great way to strike a balance of style and functionality for beautiful task lighting.
Bathroom design has come a long way in the last few decades, and many people think of their bathroom as a sort of sanctuary. As this room has evolved over time, so have the lighting considerations that must be made to properly illuminate the space, and a great balance of ambient, accent, and task lighting essential to creating a stunning bathroom. Ambient lighting is easy to achieve by selecting a beautiful chandelier to add a touch of simple style to the space. Likewise, soft, indirect sources of light provide shadow-free lighting for tasks such as makeup application and spotlights are a great way to highlight the decor on the walls.
The laundry room has long been thought of as being a simple space with basic, utilitarian features. Regardless of the little amount of time you spend in this room, you want it to be bright enough for you to see what you’re doing, especially as you separate the whites, colors, and darks. If your laundry room is solely reserved for washing, drying, folding, and hanging up clothes, a simple overhead light fixture should suffice for creating ample light by which to complete your work. However, if you do other tasks in your laundry room, such as ironing, task lighting provided by overhead track lighting or spotlights will ensure the space is adequately lit for you to complete detail-oriented tasks as well.
Like the kitchen, you likely spend a lot of time in your living room or family room. Whether you’re lounging on the couch watching your favorite movie, playing with the children, or reading a book, it is important that you have enough light by which to see. Recessed or flush-mounted fixtures are a great way of providing overall ambient light to the space while table and floor lamps are an effective means of producing much-needed task lighting for other activities. Beyond functionality, directional downlighting is a fun and stylish way of creating focal points in the room by highlighting a favorite painting on the wall or a sculpture on the shelf.
Light Fixtures Online
Are you a resident of the Chicago area who needs assistance with your lighting design or help selecting the right fixtures for your space? If so, Littman Brothers has the experience and inventory you’ve been looking for. We have everything you need for proper home lighting, from overhead light fixtures and sconces to exterior lighting and accessories, we have it all. Shop our entire inventory today to discover all the ways we can help you light your home in style!