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How do you decide where to hang and place lighting?
It is important that the lamp matches the style of the interior. As well as looking nice, it is also important to think carefully about which light fittings go where. This prevents you from having too little light in one place, or too much in another. Here, you should take into account the lines in the interior and what contrasts this brings with it.
Lighting can also make the room appear optically larger, or smaller. That is why it is a good idea to draw up a lighting plan. With a lighting plan, you determine in advance where you will need which type of lighting. That way you can be sure of well-lit rooms throughout the house!
How do I create a lighting plan?
In order to draw up a good lighting plan, we give you a number of steps that you can pay attention to. That way, you can be sure of having a well-lit living space!
1. Draw up a plan of the room and place all the furniture in it. Mark where there are power points in the room.
2. Determine the different functions of the rooms and what kind of light you need for them. For example, you often need brighter light at the dining table than in the living room.
3. First, specify the basic lighting. By basic lighting, we mean the lamps that are switched on first when it gets dark in the evening. Ensure that the light is distributed evenly. Also make a distinction between indirect lighting (floor lamps and pendant lights) and direct lighting (recessed spotlights).
4. Now that the basic lighting has been marked out, it is time to give the mood lighting a place. Mood lighting is more about the design and the look of the lamp than about its brightness. It helps to create a cosier atmosphere in the household.
5. When the mood lighting has been given a place, it is now time to give the functional lighting a place. These are the lamps that you use when you want to learn or work. So these are not lamps that are always on when it is dark, or these lamps are dimmable.
6. To finish off the decor, you can now play around with accent lighting! These are the lamps you can use to highlight a painting or above a mirror, for example.
7. Now that the lighting plan is ready, it's time to determine which lamps match your living preferences and interior. Also determine whether there are any lamps that can have a combined function.
With a lighting plan, it is easy to provide the various rooms with sufficient light. In this way, you can easily light up your living room, or even your bedroom!
Diffuse, direct or indirect light?
When we talk about lighting, there are actually three types of light. Each light has its own effect. With the lighting plan that you have drawn up, you have determined which light you want to have where. If all goes well, there is now a combination of diffuse, direct and indirect light. But what are the differences between the types of light?
Diffuse lighting distributes the light evenly over a surface. This will ensure that the room is illuminated equally everywhere. You will also notice that there is no hard shadow formation. We often see diffused light in workplaces, for example.
With direct lighting, the light has a clear purpose. It shines directly onto the surface that needs to be illuminated. The lighting effect is often somewhat limited and will therefore have to be used in combination with other light.
Indirect lighting makes use of the surroundings to illuminate. The light reflects for example on the ceiling or against the wall. This makes for atmospheric lighting. We often see that indirect lighting is used as mood lighting for the living room.
What is the right light source for my lighting?
The wide choice of light sources is, of course, nice, but it can also make it a little difficult to choose the right light source. Traditionally, there are three different light sources:
- LED light bulb
- Halogen bulb
- Energy-saving lamp
A LED lamp is the most sustainable choice, as the light that is created is entirely electronic. In addition, LED light sources also last a long time, an average of 20,000 hours! It is therefore not surprising that an LED light source is the most commonly used for lighting.
We don't see many halogen or energy-saving light bulbs anymore these days. An energy-saving lamp takes longer to reach full brightness. A halogen lamp is often only found in spotlights.
The size of the light source contributes to the look and feel of the interior. In addition, it also ensures that the light is distributed differently. The smaller the light source, the smaller the surface area that will be illuminated.
Which lighting suits my style of living?
The lighting in the interior also contributes greatly to the appearance of the interior. If you have an industrial interior, for example, it is nice to place a matching lamp. Depending on the elements that are already present in the interior.
An industrial interior is of course characterised by the use of robust elements. In combination with tight lines you get an industrial look. These are characteristics that you will find in industrial lighting. You can think of elements of metal and wood.
Within a modern interior, we often see minimalistic lines. This is also reflected in the lighting in the interior. Go for a lamp with slender lines, or for example a model made of glass. Glass gives an open effect to the space.
We recognise classic lighting by the use of deep and full materials. Think for example of a golden lamp.
A Scandinavian interior is characterised by light shades and the use of wood. A lamp that fits this style of living is made of light wood, or has a white colour. In this way, it blends beautifully with the light interior.
The rural style is characterised by the use of a lot of wood. In addition, we see here also warm colours to make it as homely as possible.
In design nothing is too crazy! The lamps may therefore have crazy shapes. Think for example of a hanging lamp with different light points at different heights.
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