All considerations must be made when working in a residential setting in order to create a comfortable living space. Careful examination and planning of various aspects should be in thought, for example, art, textures, architecture features, focal areas and the overall mood of the space. Ultimately, the end result should be a composition that is livable, functional and supports the overall design of the home.
1. Always try to create a balance between light sources in a space, for example, if part of the room is over lighted while another part is in shadow the overall feeling may be very uncomfortable both physically and emotionally.
2. Avoid exposed bright light sources as much as possible because they cause the iris of the eye to close and other areas to seem darker.
3. Illuminating art and perimeter walls or other vertical plans helps establish a comfortable and pleasing environment. As a rule of thumb “hide the source and light up the walls”.
4. There is a new technology for fluorescent lighting that utilizes electronic ballast that replaces the old magnetic ballast and utilizes new T8 and T5 lamps. The advantages are: better light quality, no visible flickering of the light, greater energy savings and less heat.
5. Think twice before installing a skylight in a closet area, the UV radiation may damage your cloths much faster that any electric source that will be on for only short periods of time.
6. Low voltage light sources like the small MR16 lamp are a great source for accent lighting. They offer better light output per watt in comparison to regular incandescent lamps, better life hours, better beam control and smaller ceiling signature.
7. I always recommend the use of dimmers. Dimmers increase our ability to control the light and adjust it according to our specific needs at different times or situations. Did you know that there are small programmable wall mounted pre-set dimming units that will replace up to 6 wall switches and allow you the effortless lighting scene control?
8. In large spaces with high ceilings, pendant lights or chandeliers are a nice addition and help to bring the space into scale.
9. Cove lighting is a very effective way to add charm and interest to any space, in residential applications I recommend the use of incandescent linear light sources and not fluorescent light sources for better effect.
10. Task lighting for areas where work is performed whether it’s an office desk or a kitchen counter is extremely important. Avoid any reflected glare by positioning the light source in a place where the light is reflected AWAY from the user.
11. The use of under cabinet lighting in kitchens is very recommended, when done right this lighting balances the shadows that are created by the cabinets and add to the overall feeling of balance and pleasantness in the kitchen.