Choosing Lighting For Your Home

“Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can see the light.” After much waiting and anticipation, our contractor has informed us that the workers will begin to put the rough-ins for electrical and plumbing this week.

This means that all vanities and lighting have to selected by today! Aaron and I spent the last week searching for and purchasing our light fixtures in our spare time. We’ve just completed a rough-in legend to detail the location of all plumbing and electrical for our contractor. This included lighting, from the where to the what! Through our scavenger hunt for fixtures, we’ve learned a little about the different types of lighting and how they work.

Types

  1. Ceiling fixtures: great for bedrooms, dining rooms or even utility rooms. Always keep the refraction of the light in mind. Fixtures with enclosed bases are more likely to provide less light than those without.
  2. Pendant/recess lighting: great for breakfast bars or even unconventional bathrooms. Decide whether the area is suited for downward illumination or if it is more important to have a central source of lighting that provides additional brightness. Have two pendants at 50 watts? Keep in mind that’s a wattage of 100! Also take note if the height of the pendants are adjustable, or ensure that they are placed over the breakfast bar or vanity to avoid interference in walking spaces.
  3. Bath bar lighting: great for above the vanity mirror. Ensure the light source is pointing downwards to have the mirror reflect the light to maximize brightness in the room or choose a light that illuminates outwards rather than downwards.
  4. Wall-mounted fixtures: great for bathrooms or even bedrooms above side tables. Again, should this be the main light source, purchase a light that is not task-oriented.
  5. Chandeliers: great for dining rooms, hallways, foyers or master bedrooms. Always ensure that the light height is adjustable or accommodates for the height of your ceiling.
  6. Outdoor lighting: consider what type of outdoor lighting you need. Do you need wall-mounted lights, motion-sensored lighting or spot lights? Do you want the illumination to travel down the wall for special effect, or do you prefer to have the area well-lit?

We put a lot of thought into our lighting selections. Whether it be considering the exterior finish (for example, we wouldn’t want a brushed nickel light fixture and polished chrome faucet!), or trying to determine how to coordinate all rooms while keeping each unique, or figuring out how to balance transitional, rustic and modern fixtures all in one home, there’s a lot to think about!

Because our home has exposed brick on the main floor, we decided to use uber modern lighting on the first floor to compensate for the rustic appearance of the walls. However, we decided to use more abstract/rustic fixtures on the second floor to coordinate with downstairs since there is little exposed brick on the upper level.

We stayed away from warm lighting and used bright, white LED lights, not only for economic efficiency, but to ensure that the lighting was radiant in a home with fewer windows than I’d like (it’s a semi!) We learnt that the color of lighting plays a large part in the atmosphere of a home. Cool lighting often has a more contemporary appearance than warm lighting.  We were weary not to create an industrial ambience based on lighting design or even bulb choice (we stayed far away from Edison bulbs!)

Curious to see our lighting selections? Follow us on Instagram or keep up to date with our blog as we continue to post our progression or shoot us a message to pick our brains. Only one month until completion!

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” 
Matthew 5:16

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