I often come across people who ask about lighting, after completing the decoration of their space. It is as if the lamps have exclusively secondary and decorative use and they just need them to complete the styling. Few people know that a lighting study must be done at the same time as the design of the space. In any case, whether you start from the beginning or you are searching for the proper lighting along the way, if you manage to achieve the following points, the result will be "brilliant".
Why is it wrong to measure performance in Watt
Let's start from the beginning. The unit of brightness is Lumen. This is the total amount of light emitted by a source. We can roughly say that more Lumens means more intense light. Have you ever seen photographers with a gauge check the lighting before a shot? Lux is equal to lumen / square meter and is used to measure the efficiency of a light source in a specific area. Because it is not only the intensity of light emitted by a lamp that matters but also the distance, the surfaces that are reflected, and all the other parameters that can affect the performance. Watt, which is incorrectly used by most people, simply measures energy consumption and means nothing about the efficiency and intensity of light we will eventually have in space. E.g. a halogen lamp that consumes the same watts as an LED lamp does not have the same efficiency. The LED is more efficient and will convert much more energy into light than the halogen lamp. Add to all this the Kelvin scale, which measures how cold or hot the light is, to understand why a professional lighting study differs from a simple selection of luminaires based on how they look in space when turned off.
One light source is not enough
An important key to good lighting is the installation of luminaires at different heights. A combination of ceiling, floor, and table lamps that define different areas in the space attract people and create intimacy.
There is nothing worse than the bright lights that make you feel like you are on stage. The use of dimmers and soft white lamps in every room, including the bathroom, solves this problem.
Spare the recessed lighting
If your ceiling looks like Swiss cheese, it does not mean that you will have better lighting. It is important that the spots are placed in the right places. Exaggeration usually creates "harsh" lighting, which is more suitable for workplaces.
Where the switches should be
To enter a dark place and search for hours to find the switch, isn’t desirable! Ideally, the switches should be placed about 10 cm next to the door frame and at a height of 120 to 140 cm from the floor.
Storage rooms need light too
In your closet, for example, it would be useful to have a lamp. It helps to find the clothes you are looking for faster and to find the color combinations you want, without having to get anything out.