The dining room is the place in the home where the whole family can come together. The lighting should be calm and inviting to create a relaxed atmosphere. Often doubling as a place for the kids to do their homework, good task lighting such as overhead pendant lights are essential.
Ambient Light Layer Downlights positioned around the perimeter of the room define the space, with a centrally positioned ceiling luminaire to highlight key zones. Wall lights can also be used, to ‘wash’ specific walls with light.
The hub of almost every home, the kitchen is where everyone congregates, either to prepare and enjoy meals, entertain and share precious moments. A kitchen lighting plan should consider safety as paramount, with sufficient task lighting for preparing meals and using the stove.
At the same time, ambient lighting can really enhance those after dinner conversations.
Accent Light Layer Installing strip lighting in cabinets and shelving, up-lights for feature walls, or track lighting to highlight artwork can lift a living room to another level.
Task Light Layer Overhead pendant lights can not only light the space adequately while maintaning a relaxing ambiance, but also create a clearly defined space for the dining area in open plan layouts.
Be sure that food preparation and cooking can be done without creating shadows. Adequate task lighting is essential to ensure these activities can be carried out safely. Consider selecting softer ambient lighting for after dinner conversation.
The kitchen is a very different place at different times of the day. Be sure that you have the right lighting selections that give you the flexibility to adjust to these changing functions at various times.
LEDs provide a bright light without producing heat. This can be ideal for under cabinet lighting where you’re also preparing food. If your kitchen/dining area is open plan, choose a pendant light for your dining table.
It’s a clever way to segment your room and create a pleasant dining ambiance. When installing a pendant over a dining table or bench, ensure that the light rests 80cm above. This creates a comfortable light and enough room for people to move around without collisions!
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Ambient Light Layer Position downlights around the perimeter of the room. Suspend ceiling-mounted lights such as pendants and chandeliers centrally to provide adequate light for meals and a makeshift workspace.
Task Light Layer Track lighting or a pendant light positioned near a reading chair or game table are ideal task lighting solutions.
Accent Light Layer Install strip lighting under bench-tops and cabinets to highlight features such as splash backs. Glass cabinets and shelving can also be enhanced with strip lighting.
Accent Light Layer Create the ideal relaxing atmosphere at the dining table for sipping on wine with friends by incorporating subtle accent lighting such as table lamps, or even by highlighting a piece of artwork on the wall.
Task Light Layer Choose a row of miniature pendants or a track lighting system positioned over an island bench, with under-cabinet luminaires. This could include strip lighting or battens for work areas.
Ambient Light Layer Position downlights around the perimeter of the room or install a ceiling-mounted luminaire centrally.
The living room is where everything happens! Well, ok, besides the kitchen. As homes become more open plan, lighting in living areas needs to help define zones and complement a range of activities, from relaxing, working, entertaining, watching TV and reading, to name a few.