Your Lighting Plan ~ Part Two
Monday, 2 January 2017 | Graham
PART TWO - DEVELOPING YOUR LIGHTING PLAN!
Having answered all of the checklist questions (see below), now think about the type of lights that you want in your space.
Lighting your space
Are the lights to be decorative or simply functional?
Should they follow a theme?
Where is your ambient light going to come from?
It could come from a central pendant light , a show stopping chandelier, a series of table lamps or a series of ceiling lights
A lighting circuit controls your lights. You can have more than one circuit in your room, this will give you more flexibility. Do you want more than one of your lights to turn on together? or do you want the flexibility of each one turning on independently?
If you are using table lamps as the ambient light then it is good to have all of them coming on together.
Switches and Sockets
Where do you want the switch to be that controls your general light, the most convenient place for this will be on the wall as you come through the door. There may be some rooms where you have more than one entry point or in a hallway at the top and bottom of the stairs - do you need a double switch?
Your Questions Checklist:
Once you have all of this information together you are then ready to draw up your lighting plan, use a mood board to gather your ideas, it could be just that, a board with photos and cuttings from magazines. Or why not use an online service like Pinterest which you can make your 'board' where you can add photos from websites or a photo you have taken of something you have seen in a public building, all these ideas can be scaled to suit your home and put into the 'melting pot' so you get the desired effect you want.
Enjoy the process and you will be happy with the result.