How to Work with LED Lights in Different Segments of Your Home

Lighting is a very important design element.  Here are some tips from Lillian Connors on how to work with LED lights in every room.

According to the Department of Energy, widespread use of LED lights has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting. These bulbs use more than 70 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, and even last 25 times longer. This sounds like a perfect reason to introduce them into every room of your home and simultaneously save money, energy and indirectly – the planet. However, each room of your house has different requirements according to the tasks and activities done in those areas. Here are some tips that will help you effectively plan the LED lighting of your home, while keeping in mind these special requirements.

Living Room

Living or family room is the most frequently used room in the house, and as such it needs an ambiance suitable for gatherings, conversations and relaxation. This means you should avoid strong shadows or glare. Since it is a multifunctional room, consider installing dimmable LED lights, so you can adapt the visual appearance and the mood of the space to various occasions. LED lights usually go down to about 10 percent of the total light output, which is much lower than filaments, but they are still saving a lot of energy.
The Kitchen

Kitchen is an “all work-no play” room, and every inch of it has a concrete function. That is why it is important for it to be fully illuminated with wide angle lights. However, that’s not nearly enough. Some areas will require even more light. Task LED lighting can be installed under the cabinets, on the platform and the sink, on the kitchen island or in the pantries.
Dining Room

The dining space should have ambient lighting, but you shouldn’t disregard its function. Therefore, there should be plenty of light focused on the table. You can achieve that with an overhead fixture (pendant light), which can, at the same time, serve as a decorative element. The fixture should be 28 to 32 inches above the table in order to provide sufficient, yet not too strong lighting, say the experts at Industralight.

The primary function of this room is sleeping, and for that, you don’t need heavy lights. Instead, opt for soft ambience lighting, task lighting with bed stand lamps and, if you want, accent lighting to highlight artwork or photo frames. If you like to read a couple of book pages before you head to the dreamland, you should consider cooler shades for table lamps to avoid eye-strain.
Entryway and Staircase

Although no special tasks are being done in these two areas, it is important to light them properly, since they should reflect a welcoming feel and provide enough visibility to be safe. It’s recommended to use surface mount lights or direct RCC to save false ceiling cost. 

Bathroom lighting is probably the most demanding to pull off, since it should have solutions that cover wide angles for cleaning, ambience lights that create a relaxing vibe and task lights around the mirror and the shower. 
Additional Installation Tips

Although LED lights should be adapted to different functions of different segments of the house, there are some common rules that should be applied in each of them. LED lighting should never be installed in the corner, or near the fan diameter. In first case it’s a waste of light, in second it can create flicker in the room. 
Also, several lower power LED lights properly distributed across the space can illuminate it better than one higher power light. The last two things you should consider are the ceiling height and the light temperature. The higher the ceiling is, the more (or more powerful) lights you’ll need. The three temperatures of LED lights are cool white (reading rooms, workshops, kitchen, etc.), neutral white (living room, bedroom, office) and warm white (dining room, leisure spaces). 

LED lights provide you with a wide range of possibilities when it comes to interior design. They can be adapted to each room unique feel and at the same time, save you money and energy, so what are you waiting for?


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Sharyn said...

Thank you so much but as mentioned in the beginning of the article, Lillian Connors (my guest blogger) gets credit for this great article. She is an amazing writer and has contributed quite a few great articles. Just click on "guest bloggers" to see more of her work. Thanks!

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