Lighting will play a major role in how your home will look, and it can affect how you feel in that space. Not only can it affect your mood and sense of morale, but it can also affect your feeling of safety, security, and ability to make decisions. You need to figure out how the space will be used. And from there, you can come up with a lighting design. This can include the amount of light that’s needed along with its brightness, color, and direction.
You have to make sure that your lighting system has the following:
- Provides enough ambient illumination that’s good for navigation and performing basic tasks.
- Offers illumination in localized areas for more demanding tasks.
- Provides accent lighting in certain areas to highlight key objects that are of interest or can guide its occupants.
Be sure speak to a someone who has been trained in putting together a lighting design system so you can find the best one for your space.
What Should Go into a Good Lighting Design
According to research, the goal of any lighting design plan is to make the room “comfortable, easily controlled, and energy efficient.” So, manufacturers are always trying to come up with new options for homeowners. Energy efficiency is the main focus for many consumers, because lighting makes up more than 25% of a home’s energy consumption. Developments are always being made in lighting systems — from the longevity of a bulb to the operation of a light switch. LED bulbs can last 25 years, and keypads or smartphone apps may eliminate the need for light switches. Regardless of what goes into a lighting design, you need to plan ahead.
An energy efficient lighting system should include the following principles:
- The quantity of light isn’t as important as its quality.
- The quantity and quality of light should be suitable for the space’s function.
- Task lighting should be included in spaces where they’re needed, while ambient lighting is reduced elsewhere.
- Lighting elements, controls, and systems need to be energy efficient.
- It should maximize the use of natural daylight.
Be sure to speak to someone who has been trained in coming up with a lighting design plan so you can find the best approach for your home.
The Importance of Lighting Maintenance and Repair
Lighting maintenance doesn’t take a great deal of time, but it can pay you back a lot more over time. Regular maintenance can not only maximize your lighting’s output, but it can also keep your fixtures looking good. You should have your lighting system checked by a professional on a regular basis, but there are some things you can do to keep them in optimal condition. Before you clean any fixtures, you need to make sure the power is off — not just at the switch. You need to turn it off at its source before you do any cleaning or maintenance to your lighting system — even if you’re just swapping out a bulb.
Some lighting fixtures need to be attended to on a weekly basis, while some may only need to checked once or twice a year. And if you need to work in higher areas, you should always use a step ladder. Be sure to speak to someone at 1st Choice Electric for more information about lighting repair and maintenance. Not only can we help you to keep your lighting system running at optimal levels, but we can also come up with a design that’s suitable for the function of your home. We even have a bucket truck that allows us to work in higher areas.
If you want to know more about how we can help you, feel free to get in touch with us. We would be happy to speak with you!