Lighting is key to setting a mood or tone. You don’t want harsh white lights if you’re going for a more romantic, relaxed setting and you wouldn’t want low lighting in a more industrial setting. Custom lighting can help evoke a specific feeling for guests or customers and can go a long way towards transforming your home and yard. There’s a dizzying variety of lighting options, whether you’re looking for outdoor lighting, residential lighting, or more commercial lighting, so get in touch with a lighting designer, to help you figure out what might work best in the space you’re thinking of redoing. There are also clever tips and tricks to adjust the lighting in your home or yard to make it look gorgeous no matter the hour — and all without effort on your part!
Talk to Me About Different Kinds of Lights
You might see a lot of incandescent bulbs in older homes or light fixtures — unfortunately, incandescent bulbs are being phased out of use, thanks to new requirements for energy efficient light bulbs.
Fluorescent bulbs are often seen in schools, office buildings, and industrial areas. Halogen bulbs are often seen in flood lights or outdoors lights and use less energy than incandescent bulbs.
LED (short for light emitting diode) bulbs are also growing in popularity, due to their energy efficiency and light output. Under the right conditions, an LED lamp can give off over 80,000 hours of usage and still give off 70% of the original light. They only use 15% of the energy that a halogen light would need and give as much as 85% more of an output.
If you’re trying to choose the right type of LED lighting, you should know how they’re marked. For a warm-yellow light, you’ll want to purchase 2700-2900K bulbs. For a whiter light, look for 3000-4100K bulbs, and if you want a bluer white light, you’ll want to get 4200-6500K bulbs.
Consider Outdoor Lights
If you’re looking for some truly spectacular custom lighting, consider talking to a lighting designer about putting in outdoor lights. You could make your garden into a fairy garden with tons of small lights in the evening, or make your patio and outdoor area a romantic entertaining space with string lights. Custom lighting ensures that guests will be able to see their way in their dark, but also add a certain enchantment and mellow feeling to the area.
If you have a longer driveway, post lighting or smaller landscape lighting set alongside the driveway can be a lovely way to mark your house and guide people up the driveway. Installing deck or step lighting outside can help prevent accidents before they happen and motion sensor flood lighting can be a smart security measure.
Thinking about adding lights to your landscaping design can be a relatively inexpensive way to add some glam to your backyard. And given that good landscaping can add a 14% resale value to your home, it’s something worth considering.
What Kind of Custom Lighting Is Available For the Home?
The world is your oyster when it comes to custom lighting for your home. One easy way to add a little customization is to add dimmer switches to adjust the amount of light emitted by your fixtures. You may want lights on a higher setting when prepping food and cooking, but for dinner, turning them down to a soft glow can set a nice atmosphere.
For a kid’s room, colored lighting might add a fun, funky splash of style and if you have a home theater or other kind of special room in your home, lighting will be important in terms of functionality and mood.
Plus, the type of light fixtures you employ will be important depending on your home’s aesthetic. Whether you mount wall lights, rely on overhead lighting, or have light fixtures embedded into counters (like in the kitchen or a bathroom), you want them to express your home’s style.
Make your style known with custom lighting and help provide the atmosphere you want to create with the right lights and fixtures.