Use Lighting To Brighten Up That Dark Corner

By: Rick Skew


How will you light up them gloomy corners? How will you highlight your favourite paintings? How can you be able to make out what you are doing in the kitchen? Decent lighting is essential if you are to make the most out of your interiors, it is the first thing you should think about when doing up a room.

A decent electrician has all kinds of lighting at his disposal to mount in your property. Gone are the days when a single hanging pendant light was the solitary light source, with maybe a table lamp for reading and writing. Electricians now chat about ambient, feature and task lighting - and in one room you can have all three of them together!

Ambient lighting is classed as general lighting that supplies brightness. In some rooms it is useful to get your electrician to place this kind of lighting on a dimmer switch. For example in living rooms and dining rooms where you may possibly want to produce the right ambience for romance or entertaining. It can also be really useful in bedrooms - particularly children's bedrooms where you may want to check on the children in the middle of the night without startling them wide awake! Or in the bathroom, it can help create serenity following a taxing day - especially if accompanied by a candle or two.

Feature lighting highlights particular features that you require people to become aware of. Maybe a special painting or an attractive piece of home furniture. It can also look impressive on shelving or in alcoves where it will guide people in the direction of worthy of note features.

Task lighting is very practical. It ensures you can correctly see what you're doing. For instance, cooking in the kitchen, reading a book in bed or applying make-up in front of a mirror. It provides strong light to a particular place and is crucial for getting things done without straining your eyes.

Electricians can arrange your lighting needs with several light options. Downlighters are recessed into the ceiling or fixed to the wall. If they are going to be dug in you will want to check that the cavity between the ceiling and the floor above is large enough to take the lighting fixture. Downlighters will give narrow or wide beams of light, which ever one you choose, remember that the latter is a good solution for general lighting.

Uplighters are as a rule fixed to the wall and throw light upwards to the ceiling, this is then in turn reflected back into the room. Those type lights can increase the impression of space and height in a room, as long as the ceiling is white or very pale.

Wallwashers cast light up and down a wall, again reflecting light into a room but also creating an pleasing light element on the wall, particularly if the beams are narrow. They are particularly effective at highlighting fascinating wall textures, for instance polished concrete or open brick work.

Decorative lights can be a fantastic attribute and work outstandingly well if paired with additional lighting so that the decorative light doesn’t have to do all the work of lighting an area. It can then be appreciated as a decoration rather than simply a light resource. This include pendant lights, chandeliers and striking table lights.

Before your electrician fixes the light fitting that you've picked, it's worth bearing in mind the type of bulb it needs. Low-voltage bulbs work particularly well as discreet feature lighting. Fluorescent bulbs produce even, flat light and are great for uplighters and wall washers. Clear tungsten bulbs with a bare filament will give off highly defined shadows. Frosted bulbs provide softer, more diffused light.

Also, discuss with your electrician the kind of controls which you prefer. Seperated from dimmers there are also controls which can include all of the lights in a room on pre-set controls, maybe you prefer to have the lights programmed to different moods - very bright, very dim or some lights on and others off. This makes it possible for you to create the fitting mood at the flip of just one switch rather than going round the room putting several lights on and off, which can be monotonous.

Decent lighting could potentially transform a home. So make it a priority when you are redecorating - use it as the starting place and you cannot go wrong.

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I do enjoy doing work around my home. One of the jobs I enjoy the most is carrying out general DIY. I must admit that lately I have been using a company called Home Renovation. I hate playing around with electricity,especially when I don't know what I am doing..

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