Bright lights and moody moments
Perhaps it’s the shorter days and longer nights but I’ve become obsessed with mood lighting lately.
Unlike task or ambient lighting, the sole purpose of mood lighting is to create inviting spaces using pools of light within a larger room.
The key is keeping the light low enough to create atmosphere but not so low that it strains your eyes and makes you want to go to sleep.
But I’ve reached the point now where I’ve become a little intolerant of pendant lights, which fall into the ambient category, simply because they light the whole room in even — but uninteresting — light.
So my habit now is to turn the main light off and a lamp on whenever I enter a room. If you haven’t seen the flaw in this approach yet, imagine a not-so-tidy house full of people and pets and the lights turned down low, or off altogether, before locating the switch for the lamp.
The chances of tidying up so that no one bumps into anything in the dark are fairly slim so I’m starting to consider other options. I may be a little late to the game but I’ve recently discovered that, like many other aspects of the house, lighting can be controlled using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology.
You don’t need any special wiring either — compatible light bulbs are available from retailers like Bunnings.
But I can see the potential for the whole thing to go pear-shaped in our household. At the moment, turning the lights on and off is a case of who can be bothered getting up.
But if you can change light levels without moving from the comfort of your chair, I can see that other members of the household may want to adjust the lighting according to their own preferences. Perhaps it’s better to keep them in the dark for now.