Consider how the room will be used and what function should each light perform?
Lighting for Kids – this is FUN Lighting. Whether it’s trendy lights, practical lighting, cartoon lights for babies room, lights for the young, colourful and bright lights 4 cool kids, the list goes on…..Plenty of words to describe the types of lights for your child’s room but what is the best type of light for kids?
As far as aesthetics are concerned, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That said, make sure it matches whatever style is present throughout the rest of the room.
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If the fixture will be lighting the whole room, measure the length and width of the room and then add those two numbers together. Convert that sum from feet to inches to find the ideal diameter for your light source. For example, if the room was 10 ft. x 12 ft., 10 + 22 = 22, so your fixture should be 22 inches in diameter. However, if you’re centering the fixture over a piece of furniture, you’ll want to measure the length and width of that specific item instead of the room as a whole.
They should clear the head of the tallest family member and not obstruct views—figure 36 to 48 inches from the top of the counter. Start the row of lights 12 to 15 inches from either end of the island or table, and space them evenly within that span.
These are adjustable two ways: You can slide each fixture to where you want it, then angle it to hit a specific area (great for accenting art or objects). Opt for small units in a finish that matches other metals in the room.
Consider the size of the room before doing anything. This may sound silly, but lots of people just don’t. Perhaps because we all remember the days when you just had a light bulb hanging in the middle of the room and that was that.
The first thing to know is that there are no set rules. Everyone has a different idea about what type of lights they like and the level of light that is pleasing to them. Some people like pockets of light for a homely feel and others a bright and airy feel. Whatever you prefer it’s worth building a degree of flexibility into your design so you can change the feel and ambience of the room if, and when you want to.
Open plan living and multi functional rooms will need special consideration.
For example a room 4 meters by 3 meters will be 12 square meters
The most important thing is safety. The lights must comply with current EU regulations for safety. Ensure, where possible, that your child’s lights are fitted with low energy lamps which have either fluorescent or LED bulbs. These bulbs are cooler to the touch and cheaper to run – lets face it, kids are not famous for switching their lights off!
A metallic finish on the top half of the bulb softens the light. A great solution for overheads with exposed bulbs, especially if there isn’t a dimmer. (Halco clear silver-bowl globe, $3, 1000bulbs.com.)
There are two rules of thumb: You should have a mix of light sources at different levels to create a flattering ambience, and you need appropriate task lighting for whatever you do in that space (reading, sautéing, getting dressed). Here are tips for five key spots.
Use a 40- to 60-watt bulb. To prevent shadows, the lamp should be between your head and the page. A lamp with an opaque shade, like a metal reading lamp, cuts glare.
In the case of lighting fixtures, size matters. Image: Thomas Coombes Interior Design
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Finally task lights – this is a brighter light where you need it and when you need it. The most common use of task lighting is as a reading light. This could be a floor lamp next to the arm chair, a desk light or a bedside table lamp. And don’t forget the kitchen – maybe some under cupboard lighting to give lots of light on the worktops or a good strong light above the sink or cooker, so you are not working in shadows.
Room to Grow…….You may prefer to have a lighting scheme that is suitable for both younger and older children. The basics of this type of lighting is getting a core scheme that is suitable for small children and will still appeal to the older child – we call it giving them ‘room to grow’. Lighting for a child’s room isn’t too difficult when you think about it. We all want a light that can be switched on as you walk into the room and this will generally be a centre light. We want a good reading light and some mood lighting for relaxing. The key is to opt for sensible ceiling lights which can either be fun coloured spotlights or a brightly coloured shade. Both of these types of light will be colourful enough for the young and can work well with the ‘Barbie’ bedding’ or the boutique hotel bedroom or alternatively ‘Bob the Builder’ or Body Builder! We recommend fun and functional but not too tied to an age group. Team the ceiling light with a bedside wall light in a matching style ensuring that it is cool to the touch. If you can have a wall light that switches on and off from the fitting, it will give you the opportunity to reduce the light level if needed. It may also a good idea if this type of light can be mounted on the wall above a desk or table to be used as a study light when the child gets a little older. Any free standing table lamps should be out of reach of toddlers.
Inspired by Thomas Edison’s original design, it has a visible filament and a rustic glow. Pricey and low-wattage, it’s worthwhile only in lamps where the bulb is exposed. (Triple-loop bulb, $25, rejuvenation.com.)
Ultimate Lighting Guide: Pick the Right Fixtures for Every Room in Your Home
One of the most common lighting mistakes people make is assuming that one type of lighting — especially dreaded overheads — will suffice when putting a room together. Interior designers will be the first to tell you that sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth.
Our ultimate lighting guide gives you all the info you need to effortlessly light every room in your home. Read our tips and keep them close at hand. You never know when you may need to tweak the existing lighting in your home or to build a new layout from scratch.
LIGHTING A KITCHEN? Ideal Lights for Kitchens and utility. Some lovely pendants for above kitchen islands too.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that home lighting is difficult, it isn’t! A few hints, tips and trade secrets will have your lighting design looking good.
LIGHTING A BATHROOM (wet room or shower room)? A selection of bathroom rated, IP44 lights sealed & safe for bathrooms.
Now that you know what your different lighting options are, it’s time to decide how — and where — to place your light sources in each room. While this is ultimately a matter of personal preference, there are some standard layouts that work well.
Looking to create a flattering glow yet still have enough wattage to see what you’re doing? This speedy lesson in lamps, fixtures, and bulbs (plus some room-by-room tips) will illuminate the way.
Mood lighting – this may be table lamps, wall lights or picture lights that give added interest and highlight interesting objects or features within the room. This level of light is the most creative and allows you to put some depth, charm and personality into the room. This is the bit that is the most fun and also the bit most people worry about. It may be worth wandering around the room with a lamp and trying it in different places. Hold it in close to the wall, at lower levels, next to your favourite object and feature in the room and if you like the effect try to replicate it with either fixed wall lights or table lamps. It may be worth talking to us if you are looking for a particular lighting effect as we may have other suggestions or know of new products that could help you achieve the look you want.
It’s easy to design your lighting with just a little thought before you buy your lights… if you are a little unsure speak to The Lighting Company as we are always happy to help – we have done this lots of times before. We also have helpful FAQ pages for general lighting questions.
To prevent eye fatigue, keep the light in the room no brighter than the screen. Sixty watts in a desk lamp, supplemented by soft, ambient light (from outside or overhead) will do the trick.
To draw people in, make the table the brightest spot in the room. Use a chandelier or a pendant above the table, limiting the total wattage to 100. Elsewhere in the room, indirect lighting is best—it’s relaxing and flattering. Give the space a subtle glow with a pair of small table lamps on a sideboard or matching sconces on the wall above. Battery-powered votives inside a glass-front china cabinet can be a nice touch.
Lighting makes all the difference in how we experience a room. Image: Terracotta Design Build
The term applies to any fixture suspended from a chain or a cord, including chandeliers. Best over tables and counters or in rooms with ceilings nine feet tall or higher. Tip: Add up the length and width of the room in feet and use the same number in inches for your fixture’s diameter.
A lighting scheme that will grow with the child or one to help with the bedtime routine? Many parents are unsure what type of lighting is best for their children’s room. For instance a light for a babies nursery isn’t the perfect light for your trendy teenager, or is it? The Lighting Company give some clever tips to help you plan lights from birth to the teenage years. The secret is to avoid the latest film release – if you must have ‘Sponge Bob’ or ‘Pepper Pig’ perhaps buy the duvet cover, or a picture as it’s easier to change those.
The Lighting Company understand it can be a little daunting when you are lighting a room and even more scary when it’s a whole house.
Don’t forget to measure your ceiling height as not all ceiling heights are the same. You don’t want to fit a light that hangs too low or a light that is so high that you need to hire scaffolding, or buy a big ladder to change a bulb. At The Lighting Company we have Lights for High Ceilings and Lights for Low Ceilings but it’s worth working out the minimum and maximum height at which your light fitting can hang.
Focus on overhead lighting (on a dimmer that you can crank up when cooking), and add lower sources to illuminate work surfaces. Use pendants, under-cabinet lights, or a sturdy table lamp (kept away from the sink).
Some say a bare hanging bulb seemed to do the job. The bulb was probably a much brighter bulb than we have today. It may have been as much as a 150 watt bulb (now banned). Did it really do the job anyway? We expect a little more from our lighting these days. The light fitting has become part of the decoration in the room and is not there just there to give light. Having said that, it is part of a light fitting’s job description to provide light – so what job do you want it to provide for you.? How much light is need in the room? Here is a little formula to give you a good starting point.
Go for a fixture one-half to three-quarters the width of the table; anything larger will cast shadows on faces. Hang the light 36 to 48 inches above the table. Choose the lower number for more intimacy, the higher one if you want to stand when toasting.
When we talk about the size of lighting fixtures, we’re mainly talking about those statement pieces that are overhead. There is an easy formula for determining how big one of these lights should be. It’s all about finding the right diameter.
In reality, lighting works best when it’s used in layers. There are three main types of indoor lighting to consider and, ideally, each room will include all of them. They are:
General light – sometimes described as ambient lighting. This is typically a central light but not always. Some period properties have mainly wall lights as their general light. A general light is the light that you switch on to give you enough light to see when you are in the room.
There’s more than one type of lighting out there. Image: Nina Farmer Interiors
You’ll need 60 to 80 watts of light. So a 40-watt bulb in each of a pair of sconces or three to four 25-watt bulbs above the vanity work well. Add the overhead if you need more.
So what is meant by layers of light? This is simply a good general light level plus mood lights for areas of interest and task lighting for reading, homework, cleaning and cooking where a good strong light is needed.
Circalighting.comUpscale but not over-the-top, this site features a well-edited selection of classic fixtures from designers such as Thomas O’Brien, Alexis Hampton, Barbara Barry, and Ralph Lauren.Home GoodsA great place to score affordable traditional-style one-off lamps (you might even find a matching pair).IKEAVery inexpensive, mostly modern lighting that looks far pricier than it is.Lampsplus.comYou’ll find an extensive, well-priced selection of lamps and mounted fixtures in every style. A bit of a time commitment to browse through, but worth it.Urbanelectricco.comBest known for its retro handblown glass pendants. If you’re looking for a showstopper for your entryway, this is the place. Also sells vintage bulbs.
Aim for a cozy, insular atmosphere: Place reading lamps or sconces by the bed—but not pointed directly at it. If you have recessed or track fixtures, angle them away from the bed, toward the dressing area. On a low table, include a small, intimate lamp with a tinted low-wattage bulb to mimic candlelight.
If the ceiling is very high consider increasing the light level. A light fitting with more bulbs or extra table lamps will help. If the room is to be painted in dark colours you will also need to increase your light level as dark colours absorb light, whilst lighter colours help to reflect light.
Emits a gorgeous, rosy glow. Perfect for mood lighting in the living room, the dining room, or a bedroom. Once you switch, you’ll never go back. (Sylvania soft pink bulbs, $5.50 for two, hardwarestore.com.)
Try these in a modern chandelier. Or, for a surprise, swap them in for the flame-shaped bulbs in a traditional chandelier. (GE crystal-clear globe lightbulbs, $3, amazon.com.)
For example, you may need different types of light for specific functions. A kitchen/diner will need brighter lights, such as spotlights, for the food preparation area. You don’t want to be chopping the veg, in a dimly lit room, ouch!On the other hand you may want to incorporate a dimmer for a more atmospheric light for that romantic dinner.
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Use our guide to show your home in its best light. Image: Shakuff
We’ve grouped together some lighting products suitable for different rooms, we hope this makes shopping for lighting for your lounge, kitchen and so on, a little easier. If you have a specific problem area or have a question related to lighting your home- why not email us we are happy to help.
STAIRWELL Lighting for rooms with high ceiling and long drops The Lighting Company have lots of choice we are experts at lighting high ceilings.
Fixtures like these hug the ceiling. In a bathroom or a kitchen, their bright, whole-room illumination is useful; elsewhere they can be harsh. Calm one down by swapping in low-wattage bulbs, aiming for a total wattage of about 60.
For so many of us, lighting is an afterthought in our interiors. This happens when you think of it as a utilitarian detail of the room, rather than something that adds aesthetic value. When it’s done right, lighting is the unsung element that brings your design to the next level.
They’re your best friend when it comes to illumination, because they let you effortlessly adjust the feel of a room for mood or activity. Changing from switches to dimmers is a quickie job for an electrician, and it’s fairly easy to do yourself. For a demo, go to video.about.com. A tip: Dimmers are not just for overheads. You can put a lamp on a dimmer or even opt to have the whole room’s “lightscape”—ceiling, table, and floor lamps—all on a single dimmer switch. Dimmers also save energy and extend the lives of bulbs.
If you’re unsure where to start, use these room-by-room guides as a source of inspiration:
The right lighting can really make or break a room. When done well, it lends the perfect atmosphere to help your design shine, but when done poorly, it can take away from your chosen aesthetic. If you’re ready to take your lighting to the next level, you’re in the right place. Our ultimate lighting guide has all the information you need.
Mount sconces on either side of the mirror (36 to 40 inches apart is ideal) to cast even illumination across the face. Position the fixtures so the bottom edges of the shades are a little below eye level, or approximately 60 to 65 inches from the floor.
Light three of the four corners, focusing one of those lights on an object (art, a plant, a striking chair). Use a combination of table lamps and floor lamps, some with a downward glow and some that shine upward. Allow for reading in as many seats as possible with down-glowing lamps on three-way switches. If you have an overhead fixture, put it on a dimmer (see What’s the Deal With Dimmers?).
Each room has its own ideal lighting layout. Image: Capital Building
When you hunker down in bed to read, you want the bottom of the shade to be a little below your line of sight, or about 16 to 18 inches from the top of the mattress. A table lamp that’s 26 to 28 inches tall (base and shade together) usually works well.
The best choice for applying makeup is sidelights, such as a pair of sconces flanking the mirror. An overhead light helps fill in any shadows on your face and also fully illuminates the room (important when cleaning). In a large space, you might also want a light directly over the shower.
These lights hang down a foot or so from the ceiling. Generally more charming than standard flush-mounts, they have a bit of the glamour of pendants but are short enough for head clearance in most spaces.
Embedded in the ceiling, recessed lights (a.k.a. high hats or can lights) are sleek, inconspicuous, and ideal for low ceilings. When it comes to size, smaller (about three inches in diameter) is chicer. Directional recessed lights can be set to beam toward a certain spot.
Entryway: Start with a dramatic pendant light or chandelier overhead. Then, supplement with either a table or floor lamp.Living room: This is a good place to use track or recessed lighting throughout.
If your room has a main seating area, use a larger, overhead fixture to center it. Place floor lamps where needed to light shadowy corners. Finally, if you have a buffet or other large furniture piece, you may want to consider adding a table lamp.
Dining room: The dining room is the easiest room to light. Your main source should come from a large, pendant light or chandelier that’s centered over the dining table. If there are additional dark corners, you can use a floor or table lamp to supplement.
Kitchen: Kitchen lighting is complex. You may want to start with some recessed lighting. Focal areas like the kitchen island and dining table should have overhead pendants or chandeliers. Work areas benefit from the addition of under-cabinet lighting.
Plus, you could add specific task sources at the sink and stove.Bedroom: Ideally, bedrooms have a main, overhead light source and table lamps on nightstands or dressers.Bathroom: Recessed lighting is common.
You could also add task lights around a mirror or, for a dramatic touch, an overhead source above the tub.Office: Start with recessed lighting or a main, overhead source. Be sure to add table or floor lamps in dark corners or by seating areas.
Finally, be sure to use a desk lamp in your main work area.
Babies Room….Every parent wants the very best for their new baby. Their world should be filled with colourful fun things to stimulate them. A colourful light can act much as a mobile does by attracting and entertaining the child. The Lighting Company has a super range of children’s lights to choose from. Top tip – choose a light that looks toy like for the ceiling and make it part of the bedtime routine. Saying “nighty nighty to Mr. Light” can help the very young if they know that the light also goes to sleep. Many of the children’s lights to buy from The Lighting Company have names. ‘Ruby’ is a lovely little caterpillar light or how about ‘Drakey’ who is a fun loving little dragon. Some parents prefer to have a dim light so they can peep in and check on their baby during the night. Also some children want, or need, the security of a dim light. If this is the case fit a dimmer switch on the wall and dim the light down low when it’s time for sleep. Alternatively invest in a small dimly lit lamp. Please take great care that it isn’t positioned near the cot or bed as any trailing cables can be dangerous.
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Ambient: Also known as general lighting, ambient light fills the majority of the room and allows you to move around safely. It usually comes from recessed lighting, track lighting or wall-mounted fixtures.
Accent: Accent lighting is used to highlight a particular focal point, such as a piece of wall art. Picture lights, wall-mounted-fixtures or track lighting are common, and dimmers are often used on these features to provide mood lighting.
Task: As the name suggests, task lights are used to assist you in completing a particular function. This could be anything from desk lamps to pendant lights that hang over a kitchen island.
In all lighting designs it is recommended that you have layers of light. This will also provide you with the flexibility to control your light and create a different ambience and feel in the room.
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