Modern lighting trends are moving from an abundance of light to more targeted lighting ideas that create interest and ambiance. Designers are layering light using a variety of fixture types to make rooms feel balanced and inviting. Your lighting should also correspond to your needs and be able to adjust when needed. How do you make that happen? Here are a few light lessons:
Use Recessed Lights Minimally
Recessed lighting has made a resurgence due to the practicality of it. The abundance of light and unobtrusive look are a favorite for homeowners. In the past few years though, the LED recessed lighting market has kept moving towards minimalism. Looks-wise the trims and bulbs are now one piece instead of separate. The trims are slim or completely flat to allow the lights to blend into your ceiling. LED modules also allow a full range of dimming (100% – <10/%) to offer just the right amount of light instead of all of it. Be sure to pair it with a compatible LED dimmer. The recessed lights are now meant to compliment and add to your lighting, not be the sole source of it.
Are you fortunate enough to already have recessed lights installed? Even if you are, you should still consider other lighting sources for your rooms. We suggest still using lamps, sconces, pendants, or chandeliers to give you options that aren’t as harsh as overhead lighting. An easy trick is to put a lamp or two in your room and play around the location and how it affects the “mood”. Whether you want to wind down, entertain or have a family game night, you’ll have just the right amount of light. Give yourself options.
Think Outside of the … Ceiling
Lights aren’t just for the ceiling anymore. You can now find lighting being built into bookcases, cabinets, stairs and just about anywhere you want to highlight. Light can be used to create visual drama on textured surfaces or accent art and furniture pieces. Designers also use lights to “wash” the walls with light in order for the room to appear bigger. Wet-rated lights give you options for bathroom showers or outdoor areas including landscaping. The extra protection is needed from the elements to keep your lights working properly for years to come.
The possibilities are endless for using lighting decoratively and you should consider all your options before adding lighting. As always, it’s best to consult a lighting professional or electrician for advice.