Here at Simple Lighting, we enjoy speaking to our customers and providing lighting tips and advice on how to light their homes both practically and stylishly. We would like to share some of our tips and advice on lighting with you.
The first of our lighting tips would be that the colour of the lighting you choose should reflect the room it’s used in. A warm white colour (usually between 2,700K and 3,000K) works best in rooms you like to relax in, such as your bedroom and living room. A cool or bright white light (usually around 5,000K) works best in areas where you need task lighting such as the kitchen, office or bathroom. You could of course use both a warm and cool white in the same area at different times by fitting the overhead light with a cool white bulb and a lamp or two with warm white bulbs – giving you the best of both worlds.
Choose your fixtures carefully. There are lots of options out there, from the usual ceiling pendant to an elaborate semi flush ceiling fitting or even a chandelier, lamps to wall lights, spot lights to LED tape. Look at your décor, is it modern and simplistic? Or is it cosy and traditional? There are plenty of fittings that would look fabulous in either and even some that would look equally as great in both! Take into account the colour of your walls, curtains and furniture. A modern living space with a neutral colour scheme, will be able to accommodate almost any fitting, where for example, a kitchen with a bright yellow colour scheme is not necessarily going to look good with the same fitting. There are fittings, lamps etc. for EVERY space.
Choose the right bulbs. Traditional incandescent bulbs are on the way out and LED is on the way in… Traditional bulbs lose most of the electricity you pay to supply them with as heat and only a fraction as light. LED bulbs do not run hot so are far more energy efficient because you are paying for actual light and not heat. A 6W LED bulb produces the same amount of light as a 60W incandescent. LED bulbs also last up to 50,000 hours meaning you will not have to swap out the bulb for years! LED will save you money and time, guaranteed! As far as lighting tips go, this is our most shared.
Create an ambience. Lighting plays a huge part in creating the right mood in a room. There are multiple options, other than the main, overhead light and you can use more than one of these. Wall lights are great for lighting the perimeter of a room with a soft glow, table lamps add a cosy feel and are brilliant for small spaces and for providing lighting at different levels (interior designers recommend this). Floor lamps are ideal for both lighting a reasonably large area and being a warm focal point in a room.
Consider a feature lighting piece. Lots of ceiling lights and lamps that are available now are far more than just about helping you to see in the dark, some pieces are truly beautiful in their own right. There is the perfect feature for literally every décor, from modern and minimalistic, shabby chic, traditional or even a babies nursery.