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.

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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).

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Get your lighting sorted

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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 Test.
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