Flick the switch and get well lit
CONSIDERING where your lights will go or what sort of lighting you want to use may seem like an irrelevant task if you are just starting out on building a home or undertaking a renovation, but it is actually the perfect time to start planning.
If you’re considering hanging pendant lights from a certain point in your home you will need to make sure there are electrical cables to wire your lights to, so planning is key.
If you want sconces for reading lights in your bedroom, there may be extra wires needed and you will most likely need to get behind the walls to fit a power source.
If your home is concrete, there will be the need for some wall channelling so there’s somewhere to lay the wiring, and then you’ll need to plaster over the wires to hide them away before sanding and painting the wall.
It takes a bit of work, but the results will be worth it.
Don’t leave lighting decisions until the end.
Lights shouldn’t be an after-thought in your renovations.
It’s much easier to do the work needed when your home is in disarray from having the builders in or carrying out some DIY.
How a room is lit can dramatically alter its look and feel.
Incorporating the lighting with a room’s interior design can help you achieve the desired look.
Things to consider 1. TASK LIGHTING
WHY not try lighting your living area solely with lamps?
You can even choose lamps with interchangeable shades so can you easily update your look and allow for winter and summer lighting.
Remember to ensure lamp points are part of the lighting plan for the room if you want your lighting automated.
If you’re in the middle of renovations and have the option to add power points and wiring, make sure you put a power point at the place you want your lamp to sit, so you don t have wires all over the room.
2. ARTWORK FEATURES
MAKE a feature of your artwork.
Rod lights, for example, come down from the ceiling and distribute an even light to the artwork, much like in a gallery.
Choose a subtle colour so the light blends in with the rest of the room.
IF YOU want to use downlights in your room, remember you’ll need to have the correct holes created to insert the fitting.
For this, you need to have a hollow ceiling. An older property with concrete ceilings may not allow for this, so work with what you’ve got and consider what’s needed before you fit your floors (where possible).
It’s much easier to paint without having to worry about dripping on your new flooring. If you doubt your painting skills, you can hire a professional to do the job.
It could be cheaper than re-laying your carpets.
4. ENTERTAINING AREAS
INDOOR/outdoor living has led to the integration of indoor/outdoor lighting.
A flick of a switch can light up a garden bed, water feature or a decked area, as well as the indoor eating area.
CHANDELIERS are the perfect way to add a bit of glamour to your home.
One thing to remember is that they are a feature art-piece rather than the sole light source.
SHINE: Think about lighting options in your renovation earlier rather than later.