Six Ways to Light Every Room in Your House

The right room lighting can bring any space to life. Learn about the various ways to light up a room and the different effects they deliver.

In the old days, a single room in your parent’s house would have a single light, delivered from a long fluorescent tube.

But the rooms in today’s homes are a different story altogether. With the right layers of lighting, any room can be instantly transformed.

But planning for room lighting requires some basic knowledge about the types of lighting available. In general, they can be grouped to:

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1. Ambient Lighting

This is the basic or general lighting needed to illuminate the space. Ambient lights are almost always planted on the ceiling or mounted on the wall. It creates a diffuse lighting effect to the space so as not to cause any glare to your eyes.

Ambient lighting from LED track lights and dining chandelier, mixed with accent lighting from floor standing lamp with wire lampshare, and under-cabinet task lighting in the kitchen. Design by Moonlit Inspiration.
Ambient lighting from LED track lights and dining chandelier, mixed with accent lighting from floor standing lamp with wire lampshade, and under-cabinet task lighting in the kitchen. Design by Moonlit Inspiration

 

2. Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is used to draw attention to feature walls, artwork; anything you want to highlight. Spotlights are a form of accent lighting to show off a unique art piece or architectural design. This helps add style and visual interest to your room.

Warm accent lighting at the top of the TV console panel wall. Design by Young Concept. Source
Warm accent lighting at the top of the TV console panel wall. Design by Young Concept. Source

 

3. Task Lighting

As the name suggests, task lights are used to light up high-activity areas, such as eating, studying, or cooking. You also need task lighting by the bathroom mirror for shaving or putting on makeup.

Examples of task lights are desk lamps, or hanging pendant lights above the dining table, or track lights installed below a kitchen cabinet to light the counter top. The purpose of adding task lights is to minimise shadows caused by other lighting inside the room.

Pendant lights function as task lights to illuminate the dining table in this concept by Movent Design.
Pendant lights function as task lights to illuminate the dining table in this concept by Movent Design.

 

Ambient and task lighting for the kitchen. Design by MIL Design
Ambient and task lighting for the kitchen. Design by MIL Design.

 

 

4. Aesthetic Light

If you want to create an artsy look while lighting up the space at the same time, adding aesthetic lighting is a good way of doing it. More decorative than functional, these lights come in numerous designs and shapes. Some examples include neon lights or spotlights with crystal beads.

Aesthetic lighting by ICON Interior
ICON – Interior Design & Renovation. Source.

 

 

5. Natural Light

If your home has large windows or glass doors, it’s best to allow as much natural sunlight to enter your home during the day as a replacement for ambient lighting. However, natural lighting will change throughout the day due to weather conditions, so you shouldn’t depend on it for task lighting.

Large windows allow lots of daylight into the house. Mixed with cool LED down lights and warm cove lighting
Seven Design. Source.

 

 

6. Light for special occasions

Adding extra lighting on special occasions will bring a whole new festive mood to the area. For example, during Deepavali, homes will be lit by candles and lanterns. And at garden weddings, fairy lights are draped on trees and around the area to create an enchanted ambience.

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Jenny Sun Photography. Source.

 

 

Warm Light or Cool Daylight?

As a general rule, warm (or yellow) light is primarily used for ambient lighting in hallways, bedrooms the living room to create a relaxing atmosphere. Cool lights or daylight is typically used in bathrooms, the inside of cupboards, study tables and reading areas.

However, this comes down to personal choice and it really depends on the mood you want to achieve.

 

 

A Note About LED room lighting

With all the different types of lighting, one trend is clear; LED lighting is the way to go.

LED lights are now being used in replacement of conventional lighting methods in almost all applications. For ambient lights, homeowners prefer to now use LED down lights built into the plaster ceiling, or multiple track lights. For task lighting, LED bulbs have all but replaced compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, as they provide the same cool or daylight without the higher wattage. There are also LED replacement bulbs for traditional circular fluorescent tubes.

LED room lighting by eLED Malaysia.
LED lighting by eLED Malaysia. Source

However, LED lights are still more expensive than traditional CFL bulbs or halogen spotlight bulbs (although they reportedly last longer). As you plan your room lighting, ask your lighting professional to suggest LED lighting options and calculate whether the savings are worth it.

 

Need someone to help plan your room lighting?

Now that you know how different types of room lighting can give impact to your home interior, all you have to do next is to find the right pro to discuss your lighting needs.

Visit Recommmend.my and submit your floor plan or lighting requirements to get a free customised proposal, along with cost estimates, portfolio and reviews.

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