Top tips for good lighting design

There’s no doubt that whatever your budget, investing in good lighting design is for the long term. LEDs provide huge savings in energy efficiency, and there are so many globes on the market that there’s sure to be options to suit your style. The team at Ledvance share their top tips for good lighting design.

Understand the area you're lighting

It’s easy to achieve the desired look for the home, office or outdoors if you follow some basic guidelines.

Start by understanding the area you’re lighting. How big is it? What atmosphere does it need? Are there areas to accentuate or feature?  This will help determine your globe selection in terms of colour temperature—warm or cold—or whether lighting needs to be direct, indirect, dispersed or reflected.

Atmosphere is important too. Features such as dimmable globes make it possible to change the mood of any room simply by adjusting the level of lighting.

Room layout is another consideration, as is furniture type. Keep in mind that dark furniture absorbs light, whereas brighter items will reflect it. For example, a room with heavy curtains and mahogany furniture will generally need more illumination than a room with beech fittings and pale fabric.

While it’s easy to change the colour of the light fittings and accessories, a good overall rule is to keep the ceiling colour neutral or bright white.  This means light can be directed onto the ceiling and reflected throughout the room evenly.

Try a new lamp shade

Add some design flare and experiment with LED globes in lamp shades made from different materials. With improved technology and because LEDs emit no heat, it’s worth having some fun and trying lamp shades with different shapes and textures to create something unique.

lighting.jpg

Experiment with different lighting effects

Link your lighting for good effect. For example, when the general lighting in a dining room is dimmed, ensure the LED globes above the dining table become brighter so that this area becomes a focus.

Another technique that works well is to light in layers. Ambient light is the functional foundation, welcoming you into the room. It could, for example, be a central chandelier. Add some task lighting to illuminate the activities you do in the room. Be mindful that different tasks require specific lighting. Then use accent lighting, an effective tool to accentuate features such as the kitchen island bench (pictured above).

lighting.jpg

Get your lighting sorted

Check out the full range of Ledvance lighting products available at your local Bunnings.

how to choose the right light for every situation.jpg

Lighting How to choose the right light for every situation Flicking a switch might bring instant light to your home, but there’s so much more to know with the latest in LED globes. The team at Ledvance share how to choose the right light for your place.

lighting.jpg

Lighting Top tips for good lighting design There’s no doubt that whatever your budget, investing in good lighting design is for the long term. The team at Ledvance share their top tips for good lighting design.

pendant lights

Lighting Choosing the right interior light The right choice of interior lighting can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your space. Whether you want to add warmth and ambience, make a bold statement, accent a particular feature or light up a work area, there are plenty of options

pendant lights

Lighting How to choose the right space to hang your pendant light Pendant lights can transform a room, but how do you hang these lights correctly? Follow this advice from Bunnings Warehouse on how to hang pendant lights.

How to choose Energy Saving Light Bulbs

Lighting How to choose energy saving light bulbs With the average household spending about 10 per cent of its power bill on lighting, switching to energy efficient lights – especially LEDs – is one of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce your power consumption.

Man marking hole in ceiling 07:37

Lighting How to install a skylight Making the most of the available natural light is a great way to save on your energy costs. We’ll show you how to install a skylight to brighten up the rooms in your home.

bathroom lighting

Planning & Projects How to light your bathroom Lighting a bathroom can be a challenge—they are especially prone to shadows and reflective surfaces. But the good news is there’s a vibrant range to choose from, including pendants, downlights, diffuse ceiling lights, sconces, under-cabinet lighting...

low water garden

Planning & Projects How to create a low-water garden ‘Dry’ or ‘low-water’ gardening is a real art and, when done right, will provide you with an inviting landscape that uses very little water.

Finished artificial green garden wall behind garden bench 02:05

Planning & Projects How to create a green wall using artificial hedge Green walls are all the rage at the moment, but buying and maintaining one can be costly. Why not have a go at creating your own using pieces of artificial hedge – it looks great and will last the distance. Here’s how.

reducing water

How To Save Water How to reduce water usage Whether indoor or outdoor, there are lots of ways to be smart about water usage. And there are some simple actions that can make a big difference to your water bill.

doorbell 02:04

Doors How to install a ring doorbell The Ring video doorbell is a wireless doorbell which allows you to see who is at your front door. Find out how to install the Ring video doorbell yourself.

a tree lit up with solar lights around it 01:46

Garden Lighting How to install solar lights in your garden Solar lights are a great way to illuminate your pathways and highlight your garden beds at night. Install them yourself with these easy steps.

how to organise your pantry 02:52

Shelving & Storage How to organise your pantry Create an organisational system in your pantry with these handy storage hints. Trust us – its life changing!

front door 01:31

How To Paint How to paint your front door Make an entrance every darn day of the week by painting your front door a bold, enticing colour!

how to hang pictures

Walls The best way to hang pictures on a wall Learn the tricks to hanging your wall decor so it looks good – and doesn’t damage the plasterboard. Create an effortless-looking display by taking the time to consider spacing, proportion, frame styles and colour palettes.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
Top of the content