Lighting Tips for the Everyday Homeowner

Lighting Hints

Volumes might be written (and have been composed) about residential lighting. Interior lighting influences the entire feel of a residence. The style of fixtures, the sort of bulb used, the lumens, the positioning, etc. all work together to give that special house a specific ambiance.

One point that is important to remember: Colour is very reliant upon lighting…a colour on the wall can look entirely different with respect to the type of light (natural sunlight, incandescent, halogen, etc). Keep that in mind when you are picking new paint colours…consistently test it first under the lighting conditions that’ll be in that particular room.

Lighting is considered by a lot of people in their own property so significant that they hire a lighting designer to ensure they get it right.

In this informative article, I have tried to concentrate on some practical points for the regular home owner with tips and suggestions for making lighting work at home to its full potential.


Let’s start with all the most asked question…what size should my chandelier be and how high should it be hung?

Well, it depends upon where it is being hung, but here are some general rules. In a dining room with 8′ ceilings, most experts say that the chandelier ought to be hung so the underside of it is about 30″ over the table. For higher ceilings add 3″ to the height for each additional foot of ceiling height.

In anterooms, hang the chandelier in order for the bottom is 7′ from the ground. In case your ceiling is less than 7′, you really do not have enough height to hang a chandelier in your anteroom. Choose a chandelier that is larger if it has a very high ceiling and hang it so that two-thirds of the height of the room is below the chandelier.

Size (diameter) of the chandelier is at least as significant. A few methods can be utilized to determine this in a dining room: 1. Eg. The diameter should be 26 inches, in case your dining room is 12X14. 2.

For foyers and also other rooms if the ceiling of your anteroom is more than eighteen feet, although use approach #1, be sure that the chandelier you might be hanging is bigger than 4 feet. This can guarantee that the chandelier is appropriately visible.

Table Lamps

Use smaller accent lamps on a small accent or side table and also a more substantial lamp on larger table. Sit on the seat in the event the side table is placed next to a chair and make sure that bottom of the shade does not drop higher.

Bedside table lamps are typically best at a height of 29″ If a bedroom is extremely big and has substantial bedside tables, you can utilize a bigger lamp, both in width and height.

Many table lamps made for desks are shorter and possess a swing arm to assist steer the light where needed. CNS Lighting advocates a desk lamp be 16″ over the top and 13″ from the front of the desk.

Buffet lamps usually are between 28 and 32 inches tall. They are generally shown in pairs and therefore are utilized in many locations throughout the home such as on a buffet, sideboard or an entryway table. Ordinarily, these lamps have protections that are small and long narrow necks to ensure that they cannot take up a lot of room but supply small areas that want a bit more light or low level lighting in rooms that are small. They also make great bedside lamps for reading, etc.

Wall sconces

Wall sconces can be used in any room along with outside. In the event the ceiling is higher or if it is a large room, use larger sconces to match the percentages of the space.

Outdoor entrance sconces should be 6-8″ on either side of the door and 18″ from the very best of the door. In case the doorway is 8′ tall, the light ought to be placed 6′ from the bottom.

Vanity lights

Vanity lights in toilets should really be put about 75″ from a floor. The mirror should be about 75% of the width of the dressing table along with the light fixture should be about 75% of the mirror width.

Recessed (pot) lights

Pot lights or recessed light give a clean and streamlined appearance and opens up a space making it appear brighter and larger. Because they are very unobstrusive they can be quite versatile and can be used in kitchens, but may be used in virtually any room. How many and how far apart depends on how big is the area, the size as well as degree of the lightbulb and the quantity of light that is desirable. Six inch fixtures are used in large regions such as two- story entryways and hallways. Smaller 4″ and 5″ lightbulbs are better suited to smaller places. Most of the time, 4″ lights ought to be set 4′ apart and 6″ lights 6′ apart.