How to choose the right lighting for different rooms

Your choice of lighting in your home is crucial for creating the desired ambiance in each room. In fact, lighting has been proven to impact on your mood, so making sure you’ve got it right is more important than ever for ensuring that your home is a safe, comfortable space to unwind at the end of a busy day.

Many of your lighting decisions will be dictated by the purpose of a room; a bathroom will need to be lit differently to a bedroom, which again will require different lighting to a kitchen. To help you get started, The Electrical Guys team has created this guide to choosing the right light for different parts of your home. Read on to find out more.

Bathroom lighting ideas

It is essential that you choose the right lighting for your bathroom, as it’s often a space in which people get dressed and ready in the morning– or choose to relax and unwind after a hard day. With this in mind, you need to ask yourself the following questions before you get started:

How big is your bathroom? You want the lighting to be appropriate for the space; too little light and you won’t be able to use the room in the right way, while too much light can be overwhelming and not very relaxing.

How will the room be used? A bathroom in a family home is likely to be used very differently to the bathroom of an adult living alone. Knowing what (and who) you need to cater for will help you to make decisions on your lighting.

Where are the areas of focus? Identify what you will be doing in each area, for example you may be using the mirror to wash your face or carry out your daily beauty routine but you will want to relax in the bath.

What styles do you like? The style of your bathroom’s décor is likely to dictate your lighting choices. If you want a highly contemporary bathroom, your lighting is likely to be brighter and more modern when compared to a more country-style bathroom which may play more with warmer lighting and quirky fixtures.

Once you’ve considered the above, you’re ready to make some decisions on the right types of lighting for your bathroom. Our bathroom design lighting ideas and tips include:

  • Divide your lighting into ambient lighting and task lighting. Ambient lighting sets the mood, and will cover a large area, whereas task lighting is used to illuminate a certain activity, for example a mirror light.
  • Think about your existing fittings and their positioning. Can they be utilised to meet your needs, without the added expense of installing new fittings?
  • Try to choose lights that don’t point directly downward, as this may be unflattering while you get ready and not provide a clear picture of how you look.
  • If you don’t have access to natural light in your bathroom, consider an approach that mimics the natural light you’re missing with daylight light bulbs.
  • Adding dimmable lighting is an efficient and versatile choice as it can help you create the right ambiance in your bathroom with just one fitting.

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Kitchen lighting ideas

The kitchen is the heart of the family home. This is a multi-functional space, where people cook, eat and socialise which means you’ve got a lot to consider when choosing your kitchen lighting design, in order to set the right tone for this most essential of spaces.

Things to consider before starting to plan your kitchen lighting:

How do you want the space to be used? Depending on the size of your kitchen, you can use it for all types of activity, including cooking, dining, socialising and relaxing. Identify key areas of activity, and your lighting plan should form from here.

What will the kitchen look like at different times of day? Depending on the amount natural light which reaches your kitchen, you may not think your kitchen lighting requirements are that extensive, but this could be a different case entirely at night. Survey your lighting requirements when it’s dark outside to get a true picture of the amount of lights, as well as the quality of the lighting you’ll need.

When you can answer the above questions, you’re ready to begin choosing your lighting. Why not try out some of our kitchen lighting ideas below?

  • Use under-cabinet lighting as your task lighting, as it’s discrete, and can be easily switched on and off as you need it.
  • Make sure your lighting choices don’t overpower each other. If you have under-cabinet lighting, for example, make sure when used with your ceiling lights it doesn’t ruin the room’s ambiance.
  • Use lighting to encourage togetherness and highlight key features of your room. The kitchen is a prime social area in the home, so use lighting to bring people together by hanging pendant lights over sitting and dining areas to create an intimate setting.
  • Ensure that the new lighting you choose complements any existing lighting in your kitchen. If you are starting from scratch, make sure your task lighting complements your pendant lighting, and that it all complements the overall style of the room.

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Bedroom lighting ideas

In your bedroom you want to promote rest and relaxation, so make sure to consider this when you are making your lighting decisions. Take time to ask yourself the following questions before you start:

What do you need your lighting for? Your bedroom lighting will be dictated by how you use your space. If you are a reader, you may have different requirements to somebody who likes to turn off their lights and go straight to sleep. Maybe you’re somebody who gets ready in their room on a morning and may need other options which imitate natural light? Think about your ideal uses for the space and build your lighting from there.

How much natural light do you have access to? During the day, your bedroom may welcome a flood of natural light, or it may need a little brightening up when you are getting ready in the morning. Knowing this will also help to inform your choices and use your space correctly.

What is the style of your bedroom? The type of bedroom lighting you choose could also be dictated by the style of your bedroom. If you’re looking to create a cosy, romantic feel, you may favour more lamps, but if you have more contemporary tastes, you may want more stripped-back, simple fittings.

Once you know the answers to the above questions, you can start to form ideas about what you would like. Why not try out some of our bedroom lighting ideas?

  • Choose a ceiling light as your main source of light, which you can use during your day-to-day activities. Use a dimmer switch to give your ceiling light a little more versatility, and make it a little more suited to multiple purposes.
  • For activities, such as getting ready at a dressing table, you’ll need more task-focused lighting, or you can use reading lamps at either side of your bed if you like to curl up with a book at night time.
  • If you don’t have room for table lamps, consider hanging fairy lights around the room. They require no floor space, and can add an ambient illumination to many spaces.
  • Make sure your bedside lamps are positioned at a level that allows you to see clearly when reading in order to avoid eye-strain.
  • Some headboards on the market now have in-built lighting, so if you are completely renovating your space, this may factor into your bedroom lighting choices

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