Any time you’re looking to change the lighting in your house, there are a number of things to consider before you head to the showroom. How tall are your ceilings? What will the room be used for? How much light do you want? While all these things will help narrow down your choices in fixtures, there are also a number of things you should avoid while planning your new lighting design. Here are five mistakes to avoid when designing your new lighting system.
Relying On Overhead Lights
Some rooms receive more natural light than others and larger rooms will naturally require more light sources than smaller areas. Relying on one overhead light to adequately light a room is not always the best choice. Combine the overhead light with floor or table lamps to allow for a variety of light levels. Similarly, overhead lights may wash out the room if they’re too bright. Combining different light sources will minimize the risk of an overbright overhead light while lighting more of the space in the areas you need it.
Style Over Functionality
Some fixtures are more eye catching than others, but be sure they’re right for the room before making your choice. Choosing a chandelier or fixture that’s too large for the space will make the room feel smaller. Similarly, a fixture that is more of a decorative piece that does not put out much light may cause your room to feel underlit and dark. Try to find a balance between form and function. Knowing the dimensions of your room will help you choose the right fixture and save you disappointment down the road.
Too Much Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting is a fantastic option for work areas and places where low-hanging fixtures may get in the way. However, it’s better to use recessed lighting carefully. Overdoing it and installing too many wells can create too much light, washing out the room and giving your ceiling a pockmarked appearance. Recessed lights also work best in lower ceilings. Using them in high ceilings will be a waste of energy and will likely result in an underlit room.
Ignoring Task Lighting
Overhead lighting goes a long way in illuminating a room, but for many areas, relying on overhead lighting alone is not enough. Task lighting is an absolute must for areas used for specific purposes. Work areas like kitchen islands and sinks will benefit from lights specifically placed to make the work easier to see. This will reduce eye strain and make it more pleasurable to spend hours doing one thing.
Dismissing Dimmer Switches
One thing that’s easy to overlook or dismiss is the dimmer switch. It seems like an unnecessary addition and expense, but adding a dimmer switch will transform a room’s lighting to fit your needs at any given time. Furthermore, the dimmer switch will let you control the energy usage of your existing incandescent bulbs. Since incandescent bulbs are not very energy efficient, using a dimmer switch will let you decrease the amount of energy the bulb is using at any given time while giving you built-in mood lighting.
Visit our showroom in The Woodlands today to start planning your lighting upgrades. Our experts are here to help answer your questions and will help you find the right solutions for your space.