It might seem simple to walk into a lighting store and pick out a decorative pendant that you fall in love with. Then going to the furniture and purchasing a table that you think will go with the rest of your space. Functional lighting fixtures can turn out to be difficult to choose on your own. It is very important to think of the architectural aspect of your home. The “secret sauce” to making your living space more comfortable, beautiful and more functional can be found below.
Before I delve in I am not saying it is impossible to map your own custom lighting plan. We have the LED lighting solutions to help you if you need it.
How is the room going to be used?
Is the room going to be more secluded, for entertaining or for dining? Each living space can have different zones depending how the walls are structured. For more open areas lighting is ideal when separating space. Definitely place a statement piece such as the Raiden Chandelier by Minka-Lavery over the dining room table. This beautiful chandelier is timeless and blends in beautifully with modern décor. If you like to read a book on the couch place a nice decorative LED fixture that is dimmable.What do you want to achieve with your lighting?
A great lighting plan is a combination of ambient lighting, task lighting and general lighting. Overhead chandeliers, such as the George Kovacs Jewel Box Chandelier, are perfect for general lighting. When it comes to illuminating space its six shades finished in chrome sparkle in open clear glass shades. A great task lighting example is hanging pendants over a kitchen prep area. If you are having the girls over for some wine ambient lighting is essential. This can be achieved by making sure you have dimmers in every room.
What is the perfect amount of light you need?
Today’s LEDs use a significant less amount of power to achieve the same amount of light as incandescent light. Brightness used to be measured in wattage. Currently we measure the brightness of LEDs with lumens. The IES Lighting Handbook, an official publication of the Illuminating Engineering Society, offers these guidelines:
- To light a floor, estimate 20 lumens per square foot. A 10 x 10 foot living area requires 200 lumens (20 lumens x 100 square feet).
- To light tables and raised surfaces, estimate 30 lumens per square foot. A 6 x 3 foot dining table requires 540 lumens (30 lumens x 18 square feet).
- To light a desk (and for most task lighting), figure on 50 to 75 lumens per square foot. Such brightness might not work in all situations, however. You can up the brightness in kitchen prep areas to a level that might feel stark and clinical feeling elsewhere, like in a bedroom or powder room. Use dimmers controls to set the light levels to your liking.
How important is your color?
Lighting can really make your room come alive. If you choose the right light, carpets and surfaces with patterns really pop. It goes without saying that the wrong light will do the exact opposite of that. Leaving rooms looking drab and lifeless.
There are two measurements in measuring color. They are CRI which stands for Color Rendering Index and Degrees Kelvin. Starting with the concept of natural daylight, which is bring and warm. Our Live Long filaments can achieve this familiar warmth and more. With temperatures ranging from 2700K to 6000K. 2700K is considered a soft white. We recommend this light for bedrooms and living rooms. For someplace that brighter light is needed such as the kitchen many opt for brighter, cooler temperatures of 5000K. For the best results pair cool colors with cool lights and warm colors with warm lights.
How essential is design and engineering?
Looking for an immediate upgrade for your home? The web is filled with lighting ideas that you can easily find on Pinterest or Instagram. LED light sources have benefits that cannot be duplicated by incandescent bulbs. Not only are they more energy efficient they are much smaller and run cool to the touch. So not only will you be happy with your electrical bill you will love your new look. We at Live Long LED are here to assist you with all your lighting needs.