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.
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.
Track lighting was most popular in the 80s, though it is making its comeback with more modern and contemporary looks. It offers a usefulness that is enticing to designers and savvy homeowners. Traditionally used in living rooms, it’s now being installed in kitchens, dining rooms and bedrooms where it’s used indirectly by pointing the light source at shelving units, artwork or display cabinets. While it can also be used for general purpose lighting, there are so many other ways to utilize track lighting. Here are three modern ways to incorporate track lighting into your home!
Give Your Home “Curve” Appeal
Although track lighting can be used in straight lines, it can also be fun to take a new twist on it! These days, track lighting can easily be shaped into curvy lines. Not only does this feature make it easy for lighting to be incorporated into irregularly proportioned rooms, but it can also add interest to a space. Additionally, if your home has a one-off room that is difficult to evenly light, there’s sure to be a track lighting system that will do the trick.
Accentuate Accent Walls
Track lighting is a great way to shed light on an accent wall that you have put time and money into creating. For instance, if you have a wall in your living room that features unique decor, track lighting is the perfect way to enhance it; if you have a brick wall in your kitchen, use it to highlight this special asset; if you have a wall covered in chic plants, a track lighting system will bring it to life. While most people don’t think of this type of lighting system as an obvious choice for bedrooms, if your bedroom has an accent wall—either painted a different color, covered in wallpaper or in a different texture—track lighting will make it look that much more special. When it comes to installing this type of system in a bedroom, just be sure to opt for one that can be dimmed so you can control the brightness of the light.
When long, thin hallways are only lit with ceiling mounted light fittings, they can appear to be dark and gloomy. Even if the ceiling mounted light is accompanied by wall mounted lights or a lamp, it still doesn’t make enough of a difference in brightness. Luckily, installing track lighting can transform your dark hallways into the brightly lit hallways of your dreams!
Ready to install track lighting into your home? Let the professionals at Farryn Electric install this comeback lighting system into your home to create a modern and unique space. Contact us today!