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5 Rules for Lighting Your Home

Rules for lighting your home

Are you tempted by the surreal interior design photos you see on the internet? There is no doubt the interior design in those photos deserves all the praise in the world. But the secret behind making those pictures tempting is the lighting in the scene. Most interior design pictures are captured in broad daylight that highlights the natural contours of the room. In real-time, though, how you light your home plays a huge part in how the space looks.

Here are five rules for lighting your home to make it look tempting, as in the pictures.

Layer Your Lighting

Being the most crucial rule to light your home, it can make or break the look of your home. There are three types of lighting that you must understand before starting the project. Many people get it wrong because they only use one of the three lighting types. Instead, you should use all three types of layers to illuminate the house for different purposes.

The first lighting type is ambient lighting or general lighting. This is used for the overall glow of the room. It is basically to do the job of daylight: nicely spread light to every corner of the room.

Secondly, you need accent lighting that gives your room an aesthetic. Moreover, the lighting is installed to attract focus to a particular area.

The third and last lighting type is task lighting. It is used to illuminate smaller and particular areas where you need light to do specific tasks, such as reading and cooking.

Aim for Multiple Light Sources per Room

After you have decided how you will layer your lighting, it’s time to think about how many light sources you should aim for. The general rule says that there should be four light sources per average-sized room. You can increase or decrease the light sources depending on the room size. However, the main goal is to have enough light sources to lit every corner of the room.

Temperature Is the Key (Don’t Turn Up the Heat)

Your lighting temperature is what sets the mood in your room. As humans, it is normal for us to react to the lighting as we see it in nature. After all, those sun-kissed selfies you see on Instagram are taken in the warm daylight because it just doesn’t work with indoor lighting.

Similarly, you should select the temperature you want to keep in a particular room to set its mood. We are used to brighter light in the day. If you work in an office, you must have noticed that the workspaces are lit with blue-toned lighting that comes under the cool temperature. So if you have a similar place in your home that you would like to illuminate brighter for a more energized environment, get cool-temperature lights with 3,500 – 4000 kelvin.

On the other hand, warm temperature lights portray a cozy and relaxing mood. They are generally for decorative purposes and set an easy tone around the house. You should always stick to warm temperature for ambient lighting within the 2,500 -3000 kelvin range.

Match Lighting With the Room’s Aesthetics

If you are going for a specific style in a room or all around the house, you should match the lighting with the room’s aesthetics. Otherwise, the place won’t come together no matter how well you design it.

You might target different eras to style your home paired with either maximalist or minimalist or a mix and match style. The lighting rules might have to bend a little according to your design. If you have many glass pieces in an area, the lights might need to be turned down as the glass reflects the light and illuminates more than you need. But remember not to use more than two lighting styles in a room, or it will just make a mess.

Dimmers Are Your Friends

You can improve the boring look in an instant with dimmer-controlled lighting. A room lit with a constant temperature and intensity can sore your eyes and kill the vibe. That’s why most modern designers only recommend lights that can be controlled with dimmers, motion detectors, timers, etc. That changes the room’s mood, giving you a fresh look with ease of use.

Most people stick to non-controllable lighting because of the cost of lighting automation and controls. In reality, these controls help you save energy and sustain your lights’ life.

Ending Note

Lighting is an important aspect of liven up your dull-looking home. You might have all the exclusive furniture and decoration pieces. But without the right lighting, they will stick out like a sore thumb. These golden rules of lighting your home will ensure your home looks exactly the way you want it to.

With the experience working in the commercial, residential, and industrial zones, we at Golden Electrical Service are happy to help with the lighting solutions you need for your home. Please get in touch with us at

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