Lighting Buying Guide
Lighting truly lights up homes, offices and our lives. Most importantly, it gives us the opportunity to work and enjoy our lives at night. But, that is the basic function of light in general. Lighting in our homes and offices has much more functionality than just being a source of light. Yes, it is the single most important invention of our time and provides a great sense of aesthetics as well.
Factors To Consider When Buying Lighting
Since lighting not only increases the aesthetic value of your house, it is at a critical position keeping in mind interior design too. So, buying lighting is as important a decision as any. With so many options to choose from, it is hard to decide on exactly what you want. If you are looking for lighting for your smartphone, or for ornamental purposes, there is a different category for each. So, how to decide on a particular style or design of lighting for your house? Well, it best depends on the placement of lighting as per the architecture of your house.
For example, you may need a higher wattage or lighting with higher luminance, the height of the ceiling relative to the floor among other factors. If it is ornamental, lighting such as chandeliers, or hanging lighting in various shapes would be perfect. However, if it is closed spaces or low ceilings, it is best to go for the overall lighting of the area. You can achieve this level of lighting by installing lighting inside the ceiling or going for LED options. When considering the interior design and keeping the overall architectural beauty of your house, lighting can make or break the scenery of the place. Here are some factors to consider to help you get a sense of buying lighting for your house.
Interior Design Focused
If your prime objective is to look for something flashy and ornamental, it is best to go for chandeliers, hanging lights, decorative lights among other designs. Knowing what you’re looking for can be difficult and figuring out the best lighting that goes along with your interior and furniture can be something of a project. For this, it is best to measure your room dimensions such as height, width, ceiling, wall color, windows among other factors. Taking these dimensions and factor measurements along can help with in-store consultation.
Your rooms are too dark because of lack of windows or darker walls, how to fix it in the best way? Getting lights with high luminance would be the solution here. LEDs, High wattage lighting in general and even OLED bulbs and strips can be a great idea to illuminate the darkest corners of your house with lighting.
Getting bored and just want to get with the latest tech and functionality to make your house a smart house? Go for smart home-focused lighting which is not only linked to your smartphone, but other IoT (Internet of Things) enabled devices. Installing them in your main entrance and gathering areas as well as bedrooms would be a great idea. Turning them on or off with a tap or voice, and controlling brightness, colors are just some of the things you can do with smart lighting.
Types of Lighting
Lighting is a critical part of your home same as all the other basic necessities of life. Ensuring the lights work properly, efficiently and decorate your home is essential and knowing about the various types can help you in it.
This the kind of lighting with the greatest range/intensity of luminance and is used for general purposes. It is used to illuminate dark and open spaces such as hallways, dining rooms, or even outside your home. You can use them in various forms such as lanterns, chandeliers, track lights, wall-mounted lighting among other forms. As its basic function is to act as one of the primary sources of light in the darkness, it can be installed in various shapes and sizes.
This is the form of lighting used to accentuate the interior design and highlight particular areas of interest. For example, using shade lamps near paintings, ceiling-mounted lights or hanging lights to showcase wall color among other uses. A good general example would be wall-mounted lighting to showcase either the wall texture, design or other possessions such as paintings, murals, sculptures, among other options.
This is more of a function assisting lighting. You can look at it as study lights, bedside lighting, kitchen lighting, or even portable lamps. The main function of this kind of lighting is to provide assistance and shed more light on a function you are carrying out. If you love reading books by the bedside or engage in late-night hobbies or studies, it is perfect to use a desk lamp or light installed to focus only on a particular area.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Now that you have taken into consideration the design, functionality, and kinds of lighting, it is also a wise move to be energy conscious. This is because choosing the wrong kind of lighting can set you back in huge energy bills. These days, corporations and governments promote the use of energy and eco-friendly lighting to conserve the environment and energy uses. Not only us such kind of lighting cheaper in the long run, but also brighter (depending on the type), and longer-lasting than traditional ones. For example, a CFL bulb although costlier than a traditional halogen bulb saves a lot of energy and serves more in brightness. Let’s have a look at the types of energy-efficient lighting.
Halogen Incandescent Bulbs
These are based on the traditional bulb design and use a halogen gas enclosed in a glass enclosure with the filament acting as a source of light. Although not the best way to save energy, but the modern-day designs improve on the invention of the light bulb to give something much more efficient and power saving.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
CFLs have established themselves as the widest used form of lighting in the world. The simple and compact design combined with high brightness and low energy consumption makes it a household necessity. These consume much lesser energy than the above halogen incandescent bulbs. Definitely more expensive than the halogen bulb, but in the long run, with power bills, they are cheaper. Additionally, they also last longer, shine brighter and even more aesthetic than the halogen bulb.
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
LEDs are the most power-efficient compact form of lighting you can get. Replacing the traditional bulb and saving a huge amount of money on energy, LEDs are used not only as house lighting but have found applications in portable devices such as smartphones and even smartwatches. This comes to show how energy efficient they are in the modern-day. Moreover, they even last much longer than a halogen bulb. Similar to the CFL bulb, they are energy efficient enough to let the savings pay for the one-time cost of buying them.
The most recent and still not fully marketed, the OLED lighting is the best and most efficient form of lighting one can get. Additionally, the manufacture of OLED lighting is also relatively eco-friendly as its primary layers consist of organic carbon-based sheets. Even finding application in super high-quality smartphone screens, OLED lighting is an excellent and power-efficient source of lighting. It is usually present in the form of a sheet and can be used as a high contrast display and high luminance lighting. Instead of casing in glass or other forms of lighting casing, the OLED lighting doesn’t need to be protected by an external bulky layer. This makes it portable as well as aesthetic to use.
This isn’t a definite or separate form of energy-efficient lighting, but one good enough to consider nevertheless. Solar power during the day can charge and operate your lighting at night with extra charge stored in a capacitor. There is no definite shape, size or luminance to conform to, but solar-powered lighting is usually low wattage (low power required) and finds its uses in traffic lights, home general lighting. It charges by absorbing sunlight during the day and emitting light at night. You can usually use CFLs and LED lighting as solar power enabled lighting. The charge is stored in a separate capacitor with the receiving solar panel and not in the light-emitting device, which doesn’t set them apart from other kinds of lighting.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) On Lighting
1. What is Ambient Lighting?
As the name describes, this is the form of light that is naturally present and ambient in a room setup. It can be ambient light from the windows, or reflected from the floor or other objects outside. Ambient lighting also plays an important factor in the general architecture of a room. Using ambient light is the best way to light up your rooms naturally during day
2. How to install LED lighting strips?
Measure the area to install the LED light strips and analyze power requirement for lighting to install properly.
If you have several LED strips to work on, using a plug in connector would be a good idea.
In case there is any loose wiring anywhere, a screw on connector should safeguard your electrical connection from safety hazards.
Use a power adapter or LED connector to your power source, and you’re done!
3. How to install recessed lighting?
Analyze the area required by light mount and sketch out the perimeter on the ceiling.
Cut out the perimeter in the ceiling for your recessed lighting wall mount.
Now, wire the lighting connection with your electricity supply.
Install the wall mount and install the light source for your recessed lighting.
4. What is RBG Lighting?
RGB lighting combined the three main hues of the light spectrum to provide a variety of colors to use. You can set your RGB lighting to shine in any shade of light possible with some bandwidth exception. Think of it as a lighting color palette to form any color you like with the proper mixing. For example, mixing red and yellow would give a pleasant orange shade of light.
5. How much does it cost to install recessed lighting?
Installing recessed lighting can set you back by US$100- US$200 per light and the wiring inside the ceiling also costs extra up to US$150 per light.
How to get good lighting? Ambient lighting is the best form of lighting to aim for. However, interior design, lighting conditions and time of day doesn’t always favor with ambient lighting. So, the best way to decide on a particular sense of good lighting really relies on your room factors and your sense of judgment.
6. How does lighting affect the mood?
Being glum is associated with low brightness or darkness in general. Our brain also sees it this way, and lighter our surroundings, more cheerful the human mind is. The dimmer and gloomier the surroundings, the less happy the human mind will be. This is coded biologically in your brains and we see the absence of light as a threat to our safety.
7. How much lighting do you need?
Your lighting requirement depends on the following factors:
- Ambient light levels in the room
- Number of windows
- Sunlight hours per day
- Interior design and wall color