Selecting lighting for specific areas of your
Lights that emit light as well as heat may provide comfort in the cold winter months. Generally these lights should be used as a feature in the middle of the room so that they are unlikely to be touched. Avoid fussy light fittings as they will be difficult to clean once moisture and air contaminants start to settle.
Children grow up faster than you think, so in children's bedrooms it pays to install flexible lighting that can develop as they do. Dimmers and bedside lighting are recommended. For younger children a night lamp may provide reassurance in the dark hours. Make the most of safety plugs in the bedrooms of young children. Plan to add task lighting to the room if you install a working desk in the room.
Hallways and stairs
There is nothing worse than walking into a dark gloomy hallway from bright sunshine outside. The transition can be uncomfortable to the eyes, which must adjust to the depleted available light very rapidly. The use of hallway dimmers can give you more flexibility to adjust your hallway lighting to the natural lighting in the exterior environment.
Stairs are a definite safety hazard in any home, so when planning lighting, safety should be the number one criteria. This is one area that a dimmer is not recommended. All areas must be well lit, and you may even wish to consider using low wall lights to highlight the stair treads. Avoid using strong spotlights as they can create hot spots and glare. Interest can be added to the stairwell area safely with a single pendant light, provided the bulb intensity is sufficiently strong to light the area.
Home offices and study areas
Maximise any natural light that is available, ensuring that you have a way to filter out some of the natural light on bright sunny days. On a hot summer day with the oven and stove emitting heat there is nothing worse than being bathed in direct sunlight while you are trying to prepare a meal. Install lighting with different circuits and use dimmers.
Install automatic security lights on pathway areas so that these areas are automatically illuminated at night by movement.
When planning outdoor lighting, don't forget you will need to regularly change the light bulbs, so make sure all lighting is accessible regardless of the season and the growth of the garden. Lights should be installed at a 45-degree downward angle to avoid creating glare.
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