|Hiding the fixtures works in this powder room,|
since it's not used often. Quite a unique view in
lieu of a mirror!
While light sources behave in predictable ways - the beam spreads of fixtures are directly related to the housing, shades and bulbs used - the size of the room, its color, and what the purpose of the room and its contents are, all have a role to play in good lighting design. You wouldn't light a small powder room in the same way as you would a master bath suite, just like you wouldn't use a kitchen pendant while you watch a movie in a joined great room. So, what is the key to a good lighting plan? First is balancing task, ambient and general lighting. Next is the position of the fixture you select. Finally, the size, type of bulb, and style of the fixture are important. Last, be sure to consider lighting controls.
|Layered lighting works best for open plan kitchens.|
1. Balance: Many people make the mistake of adding just task lights to their spaces, and forget general and accent lighting. The right fixtures can have multiple roles, especially with the use of lighting controls, dimmers and sensors for occupancy and vacancy. For example, wall sconces with low wattage incandescent bulbs are fabulous accent lights. When a higher output CFL is used to ensure that the wattage remains under 60 for the fixture, they can serve as reading, task and even ambient lights. Why hang a wall sconce upwards just to wash a wall when you can position it downward and light more of the room? Dimming a high output-low wattage CFL can make the sconce an accent light for the fireplace, and at full power, a reading light for the fireside chair. One of the least well-it spaces are bathrooms. The single over-the-mirror bath fixture is the most commonly seen. Uggh. Nothing is worse than seeing a shadow under your eyes and chin that is actually caused by the lighting. Wall sconces and a few recessed fixtures create cross-illumination, better coverage for personal tasks like applying make-up and shaving, and ideal lighting for bathing and dressing. Don't forget to add dimmers so your lighting can be soft and subdue when you enjoy a relaxing soak!
Yes, even a dining room can use layered lighting. here the buffet
lamps add accent light while the twin chandeliers dim for dining and
go full power for game playing.
|A fixture that fits the table, and is dropped the right|
height, is both beautiful and functional.