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6 Tips for a Lighting Plan for Your Home

Posted by Susan Mcatee

When furnishing your home, the first thing you think about is painting the walls and buying furniture. Unfortunately, the lighting is often forgotten while this creates atmosphere and appearance. Do you want to get the most out of your lighting? Then make a lighting plan, the 6 tips below will help you with this.

Tip 1: Make a floor plan with light points Before you start making a lighting plan, it is important to get a good picture of the room and then determine what exactly you are doing in which room; think of studying, relaxing, cooking, etc. Make a floor plan as below. 

Tip 2: Indicating points of light on the map If you know what you are doing everywhere, draw the lighting on the map. Make a distinction between the different types of lighting (see tips 3, 4, and 5). In addition, indicate whether the light is on the wall, on the floor, or in the ceiling. You can also indicate which direction the light shines (up, down, horizontal, or diagonal).

Tip 3: Start by installing basic lighting

With basic lighting you ensure sufficient light in a room when it gets dark, so you really need this. You have indicated on the map where you want to use basic lighting. Now that you know where the lamp will hang, you determine what kind of lamp will fit best there. With basic lighting, think of hanging lamps, standing lamps, and dim lighting at the sofa and dining table.

Tip 4: Start by installing functional lighting

After the basic lighting, you look at the functional lighting. This is brighter lighting, for the example above your kitchen counter or at a workplace. Also, consider a reading lamp next to the sofa or armchair. If you have a beautiful painting or other objects, you can also illuminate it functionally with a spotlight. When the lighting is in balance, you basically have a good lighting plan, you can supplement this with decorative mood lighting, which is so cozy.

Tip 5: It is time for the mood lighting

The main lighting is now in the right place, time for mood lighting. You use mood lighting to make your home cozy and unique. With mood lighting, you play with the three dimensions of a room: floor spotlights, wall fixtures, and ceiling lighting. Think of lighting that radiates a soft glow over your interior. Look on the floor plan to see where the mood lighting in the room comes out best, even when other light points are switched off. This can also be lamps in cupboards, on tables, or a floor lamp in the corner.

Tip 6: Use dimmers

Due to the different ages in a family, it is a tip to use dimmers. The older you get, the lighter you need. A dimmer is also useful if, for example, you want to study at the dining table with enough light, but at other times want to have a cozy dinner with a romantic atmosphere. This means there is always enough light for every occasion.