Choosing lights for a room may seem like rocket science, but you can get it done quite easily if you know what to look out for. Lights aren’t just another decorative elements in the room, as they’re also highly functional and they need to provide enough light for you to be able to actively use the room at night.
Here are some important aspects to look out for when choosing light fixtures:
1. The Size of A Room
It’s important to know the measurements of the room you’re planning to buy light fixtures for, especially the height of the room. For example, if a room is 10 feet tall, multiply this by 2.5 to 3 and you’ll get 25 feet to 30 feet, which you then swap to inches, i.e. 25-30 inches. This should be the maximum height of the light fixture for your ceiling.
Remember that you can buy more than one light fixture for a large room. Ideally, you should have one large ceiling light for every 5-7 meters of ceiling space. Large ceiling lights include chandeliers, pendant lights and hanging lamps.
2. Light Locations
In the dining room, a large ceiling light should hang over the dining table as this is the central focus of the room. In other rooms, the light should hang over the spot where the daily activities have to be carried out. For example, in the kitchen, hang the light over the island counter. In the study, hang it over the desk and in the bathroom, over the shower stall or bathtub.
A general rule is that all lights should be in the centre of the space and should be at least 15 centimetres higher than the top of any door or window in the room.
If you are using pendant lights instead of chandeliers, place them together in a straight line above the centre of the room. Pendant lights are most suitable to be placed vertically above a dining table.
3. Supplementary Lights
Usually, just one or two large hanging lights may not be enough. You can supplement these with wall light fixtures, recessed lights or standing lamps. For wall lights, whether singular or double, they should be placed at least 1-1.5 meters apart.
You can place standing light in the corner of the room, where it will look its best. Recessed lights should also be spaced out at least 1-1.5 meters apart.
4. Choose a Theme for the Room
The lights you choose have to fall in line with the theme of the rest of the room. If you’re aiming for something classical with heavy carved wooden furniture, then a crystal chandelier works well. If you’re going for a modern look, a rounded or domed central pendant light will work well.
In a bedroom, an electric candelabra will look elegant and can lend a touch of glamour to otherwise plain and simple decoration.
5. Cool or Warm Lights
Usually, cool lights are placed in spots where lots of focus is needed and work is done, such as the kitchen or the study. Warm lights are suitable for places where relaxation takes place, like the bedroom or living room. However, this really depends on individual preferences as some people just don’t want ant cool lights or warm lights in their homes.
Lights are really a magical way to spruce up a room and can play a huge part in determining the mood and character of your home.
At Kaodim, there are specialized services that help you install light fixtures easily and professionally, so you don’t have to climb up steps and go through the hassle of installing your own lights.