When designing the recessed lighting for your space, approach it as three separate layers: General lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.
Every room requires general lighting to provide overall light for that space. The objective is to give you full control over the brightness of that space in the day and in the evening.
Looking at the space as a blank canvas can be overwhelming and frustrating, so if you focus on the size of the space, you can determine how many lights are required for this area of your home.
Do not base the number of lights on what is currently there, like the furniture. This will be a “turn-off” to a prospective buyer and will serve you no good if you change the furniture configuration. From this vantage point you can determine your layout. Placement is important for the lights as well as the switch! Walk around your space and determine where is the most convenient place for you to control your lighting.
If a particular area in the room would benefit from additional overhead lighting, consider adding task lights in addition to the general lighting. Examples would be above the sink or an island in the kitchen, above a desk in a home office or above a reading chair in the corner of a room. Task lights should be controlled by their own switch.
The modest design of recessed lighting makes it ideal for accent lighting. If appropriate for the room, choose one or more focal points to highlight with accent lighting an example would be to display a piece of artwork. Accent lights should also be controlled by their own switch.
If you would like our help with design and installation, please give us a call at the office! We would be happy to help you with any custom lighting project for your home.
As the abnormal rains continued into 2019, so have the problems that this epidemic of storms and excessive rain have caused. Flooding, trees down, and power surges and outages. If you live here you know, and may have been an unfortunate victim of circumstance.
As many of our neighbor’s scramble about putting food in another person’s freezer, collecting the branches that damaged their home and tore off the power lines to their house and load up on batteries and board games to survive several nights without power, we at Farryn Electric feel for those folks.
I help where I can, currently I have my neighbor’s kids here enjoying movies and hot meals, while their dad places an abundance of food in our freezer before it spoils. They all say the same thing, well here we go again… another unexpected camping trip!
So what can you as a home owner do to protect yourself from power outages:
- Ensure your grounding system meets the current code requirements.
- Install whole house and localized surge protection.
- Find a generator that is right for you!
The most important thing is to have a plan. List all of the things you would have to do if you were to lose power. Do you have flashlights ready? Do you have food that won’t spoil? Do you have a place to bring your perishables? Do you have a place to sleep?
When you work from home… Typically, you fawn over your workspace in the beginning, and “want” it neat and organized. You are excited to setup your desk, your printer and computer. The artwork, pictures and your chair is all thoughtfully considered. Then you get to work! The lighting isn’t great, but you ignore it… Next thing you know you are complaining about neck pain, and headaches, and you don’t feel as productive as you were in the office… so what’s wrong? Existing ambient lighting is not intended for functional lighting in the home office, and it’s necessary to add additional sources.
Did you know that the character and quality of lighting in your workspace can help determine your productivity? Poor lighting can reduce your energy, dampen morale, produce eyestrain and headaches, and ultimately impair your ability to work effectively.
So how can you fix it? Consider where your light is coming from. Assess your natural lighting. Sunlight can produce a warm lighting most effective in improving your productivity, but in turn direct sunlight can create an overwhelming glare during particular times during the day.
If you have little to no natural lighting, then artificial lighting plays a key role. For instance, having a light source set behind you as you work on your computer could create an annoying glare on your screen decreasing your productivity, causing eye strain which then leads to that nagging pain in your neck (the one you are probably rubbing as you read this blog). It’s best to have natural light in front of or next to your work space to avoid glare and take full advantage of your outside views. You can also position your workstation facing north or south so that the sunlight doesn’t throw a shadow at any point in the day.
Consider the shadows cast by lamps setup for task lighting. You will want to avoid lamps that cause casting of shadows and floor lamps that bounce light on walls and ceiling. You will want to avoid working under the direct glare of overhead lights as well. Instead, you want to find creative ways to diffuse ambient lighting that will illuminate your whole office space with a warm texture, not a florescent nightmare.
If you are at your desk writing the next best seller or you sit up late hours entering in invoices, and writing estimates you need task lighting. A well-defined light source would suit your needs and feed your productivity. An adjustable or articulated desk lamp can put light exactly where you need it.
Beyond having the appropriate ambient lighting and task lighting, accent lighting can come into play. Do you have a beautiful piece of art? Lighting it up brings attention to it in the room and really updates your space to a new level that you can appreciate and feel like the executive you are.
Contact Farryn Electric today at 484-316-0449 for more information about professionally designed home office lighting.