Bad lighting schemes not only fail us when it comes to getting the job done, but suffering under too-dark or too-bright lights can also make us feel anxious and depressed.
That’s why knowing your task lighting options for each room plays an essential part of making the most of the space you have. Here are some room-by-room tips on how you can improve your task lighting at home…
Most people won’t think beyond having a strip light on the ceiling, but there are other task lighting options for the kitchen that will make your life easier. Under-cabinet LED spots or rope lights hide away nicely, so only the light and not the bulb can be seen.
These lights can make it easier to see things on your counter top as you prepare food. They also add a better ambience to the room, more than your typical ‘buzzing’ fluorescent tube. Spotlights on the ceiling with moveable heads can also be directed to task lighting jobs.
Wall mounted, battery powered LED spots can also be placed in the pantry, or any other dark corner of your kitchen, making the search for midnight snacks that little bit easier.
Bathrooms are supposed to be relaxing places, where you can run a bath and forget about your troubles as you sink into the warm water. Wouldn’t it be nice if your bathroom lighting reflected a calming atmosphere when the occasion calls, and yet still had enough light to apply makeup or shave?
Wall mounted, movable spots are the perfect task lighting option for putting next to your bathroom mirror, as you can move the light to suit your needs. Alternatively, you could even go for an illuminated mirror, which will light up your face perfectly even on the darkest of winter mornings!
Rope lights under your bathroom cabinets can also give an ambient glow, perfect for a relaxing soak and perfect for finding the loo in the middle of the night without stubbing your toes.
Perfecting your bedroom task lighting is easy. If you have a double bedroom then two matching table lamps or wall mounted sconces are perfect for bedtime reading. Sconces with movable spot lights are perfect for adjusting light levels for when you’re sat up or lying down.
Just make sure that you buy bedroom task lighting in pairs, because you want the ‘glow’ to be symmetrical on both sides of the bed. You may also want to consider putting a movable spotlight on your bedroom mirror to help with dressing/makeup tasks.
Task lighting comes into its own in the home office! Many of us see that having good task lighting here will help us avoid straining our eyes when working from home and for that reason, most desks have appropriate table lamps. But that isn’t the only task light that could work in the study.
LEDs can be placed behind your computer monitor to create an ambient glow around the screen. This type of lighting is subtle and might not be bright enough to do pen-to-paper work by, but this lighting effect around your monitors will be less tiring for your eyes when you’re working onscreen. Nothing strains the eyes like a bright monitor surrounded by a dark room.
Finally, if you are just relying on your overhead light in your living room then it’s time to consider some more ambient lighting options, that not only look better from a decor point of view but make you look with your eyes in a better way, causing less eye strain as you watch TV and read.
It is believed that a well-lit room should have three unique points of light, varying from concentrated and bright to soft and ambient. Consider buying two or three lamps (depending on the size of your living room) and dotting them around the room to give an even glow.
Table lamps and maybe one large up-lighter lamp should give your room enough light coverage for reading, whilst still creating a relaxing vibe at the same time. Perhaps also consider buying a feature light, to give your living room focal-point an extra bit of interest in the evenings.
What other task lighting tips do you have for each room in the home? Share in comments below…
Estelle Page is a writer and Interior Designer from Sussex. She believes that good interior design and lighting go hand-in-hand and she’s happy to share all her lighting tips on behalf of Luma Lighting.
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