The 7 Most Common Lighting Mistakes
Our staff at LA Lounge do not just sell beautiful lighting options, we are experienced architectural lighting design experts. Here at LA Lounge we value smart lighting and understand that lighting has the potential to be much more than just a way to keep an area light and visible in the dark. When lighting is used effectively it can enhance the aesthetics of your home. Therefore, we have come up with a list of 7 mistakes that are commonly made when implementing lighting and ways you may be able to improve your design and lighting scheme. Who doesn’t want their lighting to be both functional and beautiful?
- Replacing Natural Light
A common mistake people make is trying to incorporate lighting to totally replace natural light. To effectively light up the room you should consider where the natural light is coming from and maximise its use in every room. Obviously, you cannot rely solely on natural light, as artificial light is required, however assessing where the natural light comes from and working from that point when exploring what lighting you will implement will assist highly in the process and help you to make smart decisions about your lighting options.
- Relying on ONE light source
Often when deciding on lighting designs people opt for and rely on one light source per room. Having only one light source can seem like a smart idea, as you are saving electricity by not having multiple lights, however it often creates a dull environment and causes undue strain on your eyes due to the poorly lit area. A single light source for each room is not beneficial and does not take into consideration the shape of the room, the purpose of the room, the natural light in the room or the furniture in the room. Enhancing the design of your room can easily be done by carefully planning and thinking about what lighting affects you would like to see. LA Lounge can help you choose the correct lighting solutions for your needs, maximising the effectiveness of your lighting options while providing you with modern and contemporary designs.
- Making lighting choices based on aesthetics
Often when looking for lighting options we fall in love with a piece, could be a lamp, a light fixture etc. and immediately we think ‘I must have it; it goes with my décor; it will look amazing’, but before making a purchase, you need to carefully assess how that lighting option will benefit your room. Where will you place it? How will it be used? After all, the purpose of choosing a lighting fixture is to create some light, so it is only natural to make the effort to ensure it is effective in your situation.
- Not utilising dimmers
Often the benefits of dimmers are overlooked and can be seen an unnecessary however they can assist with any undue strain on your eyes and help to improve your mood. Dimmers allow you to adjust the lighting in your room according to your needs. Imagine laying on the couch on a Friday night with your coffee all comfy, ready to relax and watch a movie with the lighting in the room on the highest setting it can be, it will ruin the ambience. Having a dimmer also allows you to brighten up the room when you are trying to concentrate and do some work, dull lighting will not help you to focus and be productive. Dimmers are very powerful devices that can be highly beneficial in all areas, helping you to create the perfect atmosphere for every occasion
- Forgetting about shadows
Shadows and lighting come hand in hand, so you need to think about where you are placing lighting fixtures and how they will impact on shadows. One of the most important areas where this may be overlooked is the bathroom. In the bathroom people tend to shave, apply makeup etc., clearly having a poorly placed lighting solution may mean annoying unnecessary shadows on you. By simply implementing smart lighting you can maximise the potential of the lighting. Another area where this can have a dramatic impact is in the study, while you are working away on a project, shadows falling over you at your desk is not ideal.
The best way to avoid this is to not rely on one overhead light, especially not directly above where you will be working (using the vanity, sitting at the desk etc.). Vanity wall lights, lamps and under cabinet lights can enhance the lighting in areas and can be highly beneficial for all activities you wish to partake in, in that room.
- Not exploring Energy Consumption
Often when weighing up options we tend to lean towards the lighting option that is cheaper, however that is not always the case in the long run. When selecting a light the energy consumption should be taken into account. For this reason LED globes are a popular choice, and although they seem to be more expensive at face value, they are significantly cheaper in the long run, and will end up saving you money. Here at LA Lounge we only provide LED options, as we value energy consumption, we encourage you to come see our vast display of unique and exclusive Australian designed lights.
- Not choosing LED lights
LED lights have lots of benefits, not only are they significantly cheaper to run and will benefit you in the future, but they also seem to reach the target area more efficiently. LED lights are generally pointed down which enables them to target the selected area and light it more effectively. It is important to remember with LED lights that they shine brighter and whiter in comparison to traditional light fixtures, and therefore people assume they need the brightest option. However assessing your homes needs is still important. Usually in your home you would want a warm, cosy feeling as opposed to a bright clinical tone, so make sure when choosing your LED light that you are opting for warmer colours.
We hope we have provided some useful information that will assist you in making your smart lighting choices. At LA Lounge, we are here to help you, we have extensive knowledge and are passionate about helping you to find exactly what you are looking for. We would love to work with you on finding the right lighting options for your needs, which means not only catering to your lighting needs but also ticking all the boxes in relation to your design requirements.