Flick the switch and get well lit

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - HOME AND RENO ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

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.

3. DOWNLIGHTS

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.

5. CHANDELIER­S

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.

PHOTO: AGENCY

SHINE: Think about light­ing op­tions in your ren­o­va­tion ear­lier rather than later.

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