One of the most effective and relatively inexpensive ways to transform your home is by creating a lighting scheme, and home automation within your smart home allows this transition between different schemes to be seamless.
The act of layering different lighting schemes for different rooms within your smart home can be an involved task, but one that is sure to make any space you’re living in feel more like home.
1) Plan Thoroughly and in Advance
Each room in your smart home will have different features, colour schemes and ambiance; as such the lighting scheme for each room will be significantly different. Therefore planning at an early stage of any redesign is best rather than leaving it to the last minute.
2) Differentiate Task, Accent and Ambient Lighting
Layering involves carefully selecting each of these different types of lighting for each room in your smart home, as they will each have different requirements.
As the name suggests this is lighting that is required in order to better perform a task. This form of lighting will be most relevant in rooms such as the kitchen or in an office or study, in which the user needs a certain level of light to perform task.
Address the needs of the room first and then coordinate the task lighting to it. If there are features that cannot be moved, such as kitchen counters, you will need to create task lighting around them.
Accent lighting highlights a specific decorative feature of the room, most important in rooms for entertaining such as the dining room or living room. For accent lighting it is important to consider how it will contrast and compliment colours and features of the room.
Homes and offices will have different levels of access to natural light throughout the day and ambient lighting should work to enhance or replace natural lighting as well as create the appropriate mood for each room.
3) Utilise Natural Lighting Effectively
The purpose of any lighting scheme within your smart home is to enhance what natural light you have in order to make each room brighter and more inviting. Take what natural light each room has as a starting point in order to create a more efficient and effective lighting scheme.
South-facing rooms (in the Northern Hemisphere that is) will tend to be bright and warm all day This makes them ideal to act as living areas and kitchens in order as they feel warm and comfortable. In contrast, North-facing rooms (again, in the Northern Hemisphere) receive cold, harsh light throughout the day.
West-facing rooms receive sunlight during the hottest part of the day and so would be best served as rooms you spend time in during the afternoon/early evening so as to receive softer light. East-facing rooms will obviously be treated to sunrises and plenty of light in the morning, but very little later during the day.
4) Understand the Requirements of Each Room
Consider all the possible uses for each room when planning a lighting scheme for your smart home. Does your home office double as a guest room? (In which case you’ll need some softer lighting options as well as task lighting). Will there be specific features that you want to show off with accent lighting? Consider how each room will be used and envision what requirements it will have in terms of lighting.
5) Determine the best points for lights to be situated
Once you’ve planned out what each room will be used for, plan carefully how it will be used. What direction will people tend to face while in the room? Will they be looking at the TV, a desk or kitchen counter? Where will you need switches, dimmers and panels? Think about the top and bottom of stairs, by doorways and entrances as well as other convenient locations such as by the bed.
Whether you’re moving into a new home, building a new home or renovated your current home, taking the time to plan and create a personalised lighting scheme for the different rooms in your house can completely transform a property.
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