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Decorating Decoded – Effective Lighting

Tabitha Dietrich lights the way to effectively illuminate your home

 

by Tabitha Dietrich - February 18, 2015

Good lighting design involves more than just how decorative the fixtures you choose are. Even a room that has been completely remodeled can fall flat without the right lighting.

Lighting is divided into different functional categories: ambient, task and accent. By using all 3 types of lighting in a room, you create layers of light. Too many people make the mistake of expecting one type to do it all. Each type meets a particular need.

Ambient lighting, sometimes referred to as general lighting, gives basic illumination to the room. Having a central source of ambient light is fundamental to a good lighting plan.

Task lighting targets a particular area of a room and is intended to illuminate a specific function. It is important to remember that task lighting should always be free of distracting glare but bright enough to prevent eye strain.
Then there is accent lighting, which can also be called highlighting. This adds drama to the room by creating visual interest by focusing light on specific components within a space. It should also be 3x as bright as the ambient light in the room for it to be effective.

By layering all these types of lighting you can achieve a balanced and effective lighting plan to enhance the feel of any room. It also offers more flexibility in setting the mood for a room. For example, under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen normally used as task lighting for food prep can also be ambient light when used alone to create a more relaxed atmosphere.

One of the questions that I am consistently asked as an interior decorator about lighting is “how do I know what size light fixture to buy?” One of the biggest mistakes that people make is choosing a light fixture that is too small.
When choosing lighting for a front door or entryway, a simple rule of thumb to keep in mind is the height of your outdoor fixture should be based on the height of the door or opening. Don’t forget to include any molding or pediment over the door when measuring.

If a single side lantern is being used, then the fixture should be approximately 1/3 the height of the door. If two lights are used, ¼ the height of the door is sufficient.

Fixtures should be mounted slightly above eye level. On a typical door, this measures approximately 66 inches above the threshold of the door.

Chandeliers use a different formula for sizing. Take the room’s dimensions, in feet, and add them together. Convert that number to inches and that is the diameter of your chandelier.

So, if the room is 10 feet by 15 feet, your chandelier should have a diameter of 25 inches.
For the dining room, the size of your table must be taken into account. The diameter of the light fixture should be about 12 inches narrower than the width of the table it is hanging over. For example, a table that is 48 inches wide should not have a chandelier more than 36 inches wide.

Proper hanging height is 30 – 36 inches above the table surface.

Entryway chandeliers should not hang less than 7 feet from the floor in a single story home, but not below the second floor in a two story residence for those who have large open foyers.

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