Ace’s Design Experts Katie Reynolds, Julie Richard, and Nathan Fischer provide expert tips and recommendations for lighting your home.
- Many homes rely too much on overhead lighting and do not have enough “human-level” lighting, which includes table lamps, floor lamps, and task lighting.
- Often homeowners use the wrong type of light bulbs. Overusing bulbs like fluorescent lighting, which can give off an unpleasant white color, will keep a home from feeling warm and inviting.
- Many homeowners hang light fixtures at the wrong height – either too high or too low. Hanging light fixtures should be no less than 7’ above the ground when hanging in a hallway or traffic path. A good rule for island lights over a task area is 36-42” above the work surface. And lastly a chandelier over a dining table should be 32-36” above the table surface.
- Homeowners should avoid hanging mirrors in front of directional light, a common feature over fireplace mantles. The light always reflects in an unpleasant way. Be sure to angle any directional lighting near mirrors downward.
- When it comes to lighting, it is always better to have more than you need than not enough. Whether recessed ceiling lighting or lamps, the more the merrier.
- Add some lighting variety to your space and don’t rely only on ceiling lights. Mix in lamps, wall sconces, artwork accent lighting, etc. Try to get light fixtures in a room that project light down, up, and sideways.
- Replace outdated fixtures. This is a relatively easy and inexpensive fix that can make a big impact in any room.
- If your dining room chandelier is not centered over the table this will probably be the first thing visitors will notice. Relocating a chandelier can be fairly simple, and well worth the effort.
- Homeowners often only rely on one light source to illuminate their homes. It’s important to layer light by using it in various forms – overhead, lamps, task lighting, etc.
- Having only a single level of light isn’t as functional or aesthetically pleasing as when it’s multi-dimensional. Add dimmers to your lamps, overhead and recessed light fixtures to create ambiance and atmosphere in the space.
- Be sure to consider task lighting in work areas. Oftentimes these areas are under-lit. These lights shine directly on your work/reading surface and make accomplishing any task easy.