Lighting is a powerful element of your home. If you have too much light, your home may be stressful and overstimulating for guests and family members. If it’s too dark, it may cause people to feel sleepy or groggy when spending time in a common room. However, there are multiple home lighting fixture and bulb options, which may be completely overwhelming if you’re trying to make decisions. We’ll discuss some tips for correctly choosing the right bulbs for every room in your house below, but if you would like to speak with a lighting expert about your home lighting fixture needs, come to Red Deer Lighting Center in Alberta. We’ll be more than happy to work with you to choose the right fixture and bulb combination to perfectly illuminate your home to create a relaxing and warm atmosphere. Call us or come by our showroom today!

Consider Each Room

For your kitchen, you definitely need multiple light sources and the ability to dim them for different illumination needs. Usually, the needs of a room fall into three categories: ambient, task, and accent. The definitions are as follows:

Ambient: This type of lighting is the overall or general lighting of the room. This can be defined as natural light, light that spills in from a window or doorway, or from a light fixture, lamp, or other light source.
Task: This is a bright light that’s used to illuminate a working area so the light is a definite contrast with the natural ambient light in the area. If you have an overhead fixture, pendant, track lighting, or a lamp that’s used to complete a project, then you probably use task lighting every day. This type of lighting is seen in kitchens and bathrooms.
Accent: As you may deduce from the name, accent lighting is used to highlight a work of art, a part of your home’s architecture, or a bookcase. Wall lights and outdoor landscape lights are the most common forms of accent lighting.

To light your home using these three categories, think about how you can incorporate each lighting source and what your goals are for each individual room.

Some Lighting Ideas for Each Room

Where will each lighting source go in, say, the kitchen? If you’re redoing your existing kitchen or building a home, just think about the lighting that you would prefer. The fixtures don’t matter yet, just your lighting choices. Here are some lighting ideas:

Kitchen: Add an ambient light overhead for gentle illumination when you don’t need bright light, as well as a task light over the counter or island where you prefer to work. You can also add some illumination over your sink for better visualisation.

Living Room: Depending on the amount of ambient light that you have in your living room, you might not need more light. However, if you find your living room to be too dark or shadowy, try adding a few recessed lights or light fixtures. Floor lamps and table lamps will also add to the glow and bring more softness to the space.

Bedroom: This is your personal space, so you can add whatever lighting you feel is best. Some people enjoy several light sources and lamps, while others only prefer one light fixture. You can also add dimmer switches to bring more softness to the space. When you’re completing your space, don’t forget about the closet.

Bathroom: This can be a tricky room to brighten, especially if there is no ambient light already. You definitely don’t want shadows, so it might be best to add an overhead fixture as well as a light source over the bathroom counter or sink. If your bathroom is especially large, you may need to add a few other light fixtures as well for added illumination.

A Word About Lumens

When you’re choosing light bulbs for your home, it’s important to consider lumens. The more lumens, the brighter the light. A typical light bulb contains about 800 lumens, which is the equivalent of 60 watts. So how do you choose the right wattage of bulb for every room in your home? Here is a quick chart that offers a general breakdown of the appropriate amount of lumens for each space. Of course, this is only approximate and can be modified to fit your particular needs:

Kitchen: 5,000-10,000 lumens
Bathrooms: 4,000-8,000 lumens
Bedrooms: 2,000-4,000 lumens
Living rooms: 1,500-3,000 lumens
Dining rooms: 3,000-6,000 lumens
Home offices/working spaces: 3,000-6,000 lumens

Let’s Talk About Kelvins

No one wants white light in their home that makes their space feel like a hospital room. It’s important to think about color temperature when you’re choosing light bulbs. Brightness is one thing, but the amount of Kelvins in a light bulb will also denote color temperature. The higher the Kelvins, the cooler the light. If you’re searching for a soft, warm light, look for a Kelvin rating of 2700 or more. If a daylight ambiance is more of your style, you should purchase a bulb of 5000-6000 Kelvin.

When you’re ready to get started designing the lighting style of your home, make sure to stop by Red Deer Lighting Center in Alberta today for expert advice and assistance in choosing the right home lighting fixture and bulbs to complete your space. Call or come by our showroom today!