How to Light Your Living Room
Would you like to know how to light your living room in such a way that the illumination is controllable, distributed evenly, and adds to the aesthetics of your home in a natural way?
You’ve come to the right place!
By using this step-by-step guide for your living room lighting system, you’ll know “what fits where.” On top of that, you will save time and money by eliminating any guesswork and discover new lighting ideas that you may not have previously thought about.
Layers Of Lighting
Your living room is a multifunctional space. While it might look bright and inviting during the day, you may need to use various layers of lighting to recreate the ambience, atmosphere, and functionality once the sunsets.
Ideally, you will implement various layers of lighting which could include, a pendant or chandelier on the ceiling, floor lamps, wall lights, table lamps, and general lighting such as Downlights or track lighting. The primary purpose they serve is to set the right scene and desired atmosphere for your living room by using a combination of light fittings at any given time. This means that you can decide at any time to adjust the feel or ambience of your living room by controlling the layers output level.
Types of Light & How to Use Them
1. General Lighting
General lighting serves a definite purpose, to provide an adequate level of overall illumination in your space.
The types of light fixtures that produce a general level of light include:
● Downlights: Usually found across the living room ceiling; they set the atmosphere and scene of the room and should be dimmable.
● Wall Lights: They are a fantastic choice for the sides of your living room. They make the space feel bright and airy instead of gloomy. Dark walls can make any space feel clausrophobic and poorly lit.
● Track lighting: A Versatile lighting system used for modern applications that have increased in popularity over the past couple of years.
● Chandeliers and pendant lights: They are a popular choice for the centre of the living room and often add a decorative feature to the room. While we would advise that they are not strictly general light fittings, if they are controlled in the right way, they can be a real asset to your lighting scheme.
2. Task Lighting
As the name suggests, these lighting fixtures are used to light up areas where you need to perform a task like reading. You can also use it to highlight definite areas of your home like your hobby or craft area, reading table, etc.
● Picture Lights: Illuminate your artwork and add a layer of light to your room with picture lights. Make sure you use a lamp with good colour rendering attributes to make your art stand out.
● Task/Desk Lamps: They can be used for crafts and hobbies
● Swing-Arm-Lamps: They have an adjustable folding arm that allows you to control the direction of the light. And can be used on the study table, wall and also some floor lamps.
3. Ambient Light
Ambient lights are key for setting the right atmosphere in a space. Typically there will be two or more layers of ambient light in order to illuminate different aspects of the room. You may wish to have only floor and table lamps turned on when a higher level of light is not required.
● Table Lamps: Pairs of table lamps can be placed on dressers and beside a chair/sofa in the living room to create a symmetrical aesthetic and ambient light at a desirable level.
● Floor Lamps: These types are best placed in the corner of the living room to make it feel bigger, as it accentuates the room’s edges. If you need to use it for tasks like reading, common places to position it will be next to or behind your chair/sofa.
4. Accent Lighting
Accent lighting fixtures are decorative lightings that can highlight architectural features and influence the mood in the living room.
Popular examples are:
● Spot Light & Picture Light: They are popularly used to highlight various decorations in the living room, including artwork.
● Halo or Cornice Lighting: LED Strips that are hidden from view via diffusers or specially made cornices that house the strip. This is an extremely popular lighting effect in renovations or new builds.
Modern smart lighting systems like smart bulbs, dimmer switches, light level sensors, etc have made “controllable lighting” possible. All-in-one solutions such as the Lutron HomeWorks system is the ultimate accessory to your home lighting. The control over light has never been so important as technology and design progresses. The only way to get the absolute most out of your home is to have smart lighting systems installed.
If you would like any help with lighting your living room or any other space in your home or business, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Lightsource where a lighting consultant will be happy to help.