It actually requires an art and science, when lighting designs are concerned. You need to choose a mix of recessed lighting and other systems if you need not only to highlight the features of the room but also concentrate on the tasks that requires your attention. Here are some tips that you need to consider so that your room gets illuminated in a much better way.
Calculate the total wattage which is a determining factor for radiating light inside the room. It’s simple and easy through a formula. Measure the dimensions of the room with the help of a measuring tape, calculate the area and then multiply it with 1.5. For instance, if the dimensions of the room come out to be 20 x 30 feet, then the wattage required would be 900 watts (1.5 x 600). This would contribute towards brightening the room efficiently. For the kitchen, we suggest you to use a combination of wide-angle down-lights and narrow-beam down-lights. While wide-angle down-lights serves the purpose for providing ambient light, narrow-beam lights makes it easier for you to concentrate on chores be it a sink, counter or a stove.
Once the wattage is determined, divide the wattage with the wattage mentioned on a single bulb of your choice. This would surely aid you to decide on the number of fixtures that are required to be installed inside the room. For example, in this case, if you choose 90 watt bulbs, then you require only 10 bulbs for illuminating the space. LED lights are much more popular than halogen globes. This is because of the fact that they run on relatively less voltage. You might get confused at this stage because of the marked difference in the ratings.
When the wattage and the number of lights are known, you should consider the space between two light bulbs. Measure a distance of 2 feet away from the wall and follow a thumb rule of accommodating fixtures with a spacing of 2 feet. Even though this a sort of guideline to follow, you need to compromise on space and add or remove a light when you don’t have to lose focus as far as the balance is concerned. In case you staying a house which right below someone else’s residence, then you might not get a skillful electrician to set up the ceiling lights. You tend to affect rather mar the building’s structural integrity.
When you are planning to retrofit an existing system, then you should never leave the option of using a dimming kit. Dimmer switches serve a dual purpose of helping you control the amount of light and saving energy so that the bulbs play their role for a longer time. Never think about controlling lighting systems with a single button. Be wise to install switches which have separate functionalities.
Finally, backyards or verandas require damp-rated fixtures to be installed outdoors. Ensure that the bulbs are rated with damp-location so that you remain safe when the lights get exposed to snow or water during the rainy season.