Why is Lighting so Important?

Views of a house with smart lighting

Some top tips on how lighting can lift your spirits in Winter and enhance your home.

Any experienced designer will tell that lighting is an essential ingredient when decorating a room. Studies have shown that the more intense the lighting the more intense our emotions – both positive and negative.

Room Purpose

When lighting a room, think about how it will be used – for example kitchen workspaces will demand brighter, colour accurate lighting; while a living room will require mellow, warmer lighting. The entrance to your home should welcome guests, creating a smooth transition from day or evening light into warm interior lighting that does not overload the senses. Prior to bed, lighting should be lowered to promote ‘winding down’ but bright enough to navigate safely. Lighting Control is the simple solution to help transition through the rooms of your home whilst meeting the lighting needs for all purposes at any time of the day!

Take Control

Lighting control connects lighting, allowing you to combine different lights, dimmed to different levels. Transform the lighting at the touch of a button to match the task and the desired colour intensity. Lighting control solutions, like Lutron, provide smooth, silent dimming within a wide spectrum of light – so you can dim even exceptionally low watt LED lights, making the most of LED technology. Use LED skylights to imitate the ‘look’ of a window giving an open and airy feel to your room!

Inside outside living

Research suggests that indoor lighting during the day should mimic the colour of light we experience outside by seeking similar gradations over time i.e., cool lighting in the morning, white light midday and warm light in the evening. At night-time, use lighting control to reduce the intensity of light and increase the warmer colour, avoiding blue lighting to help with the regulation of your circadian rhythms.

Transform smaller spaces

Lighting can impact on the appearance of a room in terms of shape and size – having extra lighting reflecting off the walls will help it to look larger and recessed lighting can add a soft glow without protruding into the space, making it feel larger. Use accent lighting to highlight art together with decorative floor or table lighting to add another layer, creating contrast between light and dark to enhance space.