Today you can find light fixtures everywhere. From home interior design to shopping malls, from eateries to gaming zones and from filmography to a small photo studio; light fixtures have become an integral part of various industries and personal use. They are available in various shapes, designs, colours and sizes. Basically, a light fixture is an electrical device that contains an electric lamp for illumination. Some of the fixtures come up with attached power button that controls it, while a few light fixtures like dining room chandeliers function through the switches on a wall. There’s an option of using some light fixtures on battery power too. Did you know that the first company to manufacture light fixture was Lightolier?
Recessed or Track Lights: This is the best fixture for beautifying the whole ceiling in a home. You can put on these fixtures as many as you want, keeping your requirement in mind. Just make sure that your ceiling is not very low and the lights are not too harsh. Otherwise it might affect your eyes badly. You can install them in your kitchen, living room, dining room and bedroom. You just need to be careful with the power of the lights.
Chandeliers and Pendants: These kind of light fixtures are best to set the calming mood in your bathroom. But, only homes with the high ceilings can set in these fixtures as the low ceilings will make you bump into them every time you walk by.
Task Lighting: This type of light keeps your focus in one place. It’s used for very specific purposes like reading novels, cooking, writing, studying, working on a computer. Some people call it office lighting because if makes sure that you complete your task without getting distracted. To make it to the best use you need your home light to be low lit with a desk lamp turned on.
Vanity Lights and Under Cabinets: As the name suggests, these lights work best in the kitchen and give you the adequate light for chopping, cooking, and cleaning. They’re also useful in your bathrooms, in garages and on the dressing mirrors.
Track Lights: Used mostly in workspaces, these lights are best for offices which have desks in long rows. Apart from hanging in offices, they are used in kitchens and kid’s rooms. These lights might take a little extra space, but they’re quite useful.
Accent Lighting: You use these sorts of lightings when you want to divert people’s attention to any specific spots or décor in your home. Your guests are motivated to visit that particular spot and appreciate the art and the lightings. You can use these lights during Diwali, Christmas, Eid, and summer holidays. The best thing about this light is that it can be put in outdoor areas too.
Landscape Lighting: Best ways to utilise these lights is by installing them in your outdoor areas. It will add that extra beauty and attractiveness to an outdoor ambience and illuminate the entire yard with beautiful lightings.
Adding security lighting is the number one step homeowners can take to protect their property from unwanted intruders. Statistics show that burglars bypass targets that are difficult to access without being noticed. A well-designed security lighting system can make would-be robbers think again before approaching your property. This guide will show you how to create an effective, low-cost LED security lighting system for your home or business.
Use many smaller lights rather than fewer, more powerful lights
Big, powerful flood lights are good for open spaces, but can sometimes leave shadows if there are obstacles on your property like buildings and trees. Using a combination of LED flood lights, area lights and wall packs will reduce shadows and blind spots that intruders can use to hide.
Keep lights high and out of reach
It’s important to make it difficult for burglars to tamper with your security system. Many thieves will plan heists for several weeks and finding a way to disable security lights is often a top priority. Even the best security lighting can be rendered useless if an intruder is able to incapacitate the system. Keeping lights high and out of reach will make it difficult for your system to be tampered with. Placing lights high will also soften the light for a pleasant look and increased coverage.
Use Motion Detector Lights
Motion detector lights are an effective way to scare off intruders. Burglars will be on edge during a robbery and having a light flick on as they walk by is often times enough to scare them away. A good combination of LED spotlights and motion detector lights will work to keep intruders off of your property and scare away those who choose to enter.
Focus on Entrances and Exits
Most criminals seek out targets that can be accessed at night without being seen. Ensuring excellent light coverage at all entrances and exits will deter criminals from planning a robbery at your property.
Efficiency: LED lights offer exceptional efficiency and are more cost-effective in the long run. An LED light fixture will use 90% less electricity than an equivalent incandescent. This is also important if your security lights are forced to run on a backup generator. Less energy draw means your lights will last longer on a limited supply of power.
Longevity: A quality LED bulb can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more. This is more than 25 times long than traditional light bulbs. Safety: LEDs run cooler than conventional light sources and are therefore less of a fire hazard. Durability: LEDs lack filaments or glass enclosures, making them more durable than traditional alternatives. Same colors as traditional bulbs: LEDs can achieve the same colors as traditional bulbs. Use the Kelvin temperature color scale below to help identify the hue a bulb will produce.
It is always advised that the light above the mirror is soft (but not very soft), enough to see your reflection properly. If the illuminance is very low, while using it for vanity purposes, there might be shadows on your face. The light should equally illuminate your face, so instead of having one it is advisable to have multiple bulbs. At the same time, you shouldn’t be using fixtures as this also makes the lighting uneven.
If the light comes from different angles, all parts of your face will be illuminated equally. For example, while applying makeup, you should be sure that both sides of the face are equally made up, but if the light falls differently on both the sides you will never be sure if it isn’t really even or the light is showing it as such.
If you have a bathtub, then you should light the area with soft lights. You draw a bath to calm your nerves and relax and with minimum lighting, you can gain the feeling of being in a spa. In case you have a shower, it is better to have lights away from the water, preferably in the ceiling. It should never be a naked bulb, recessed lighting is a good idea as well.
There should be a lot of lights in the bathroom, but you should be sure that you don’t put it in an unplanned manner. Plan what use every corner will serve and light it accordingly. LED lights are helpful in this as they are cost-effective and bright.
In terms of colours, it is always better to use yellow light since it isn’t harsh. It adds to the aesthetic and makes the bathroom warm, a place to relax. You can also install a dimmer switch to change the light according to your mood and time of the day.
The mirror should also be placed in a way that during the day you have natural lighting. Design the interiors of the bathroom accordingly. There should be ample bright light, it is always great to have an option. Some people also prefer lights over the mirror, so make sure the size of the bulb is proportional to that of the mirror.
Shades over the light may obstruct its illuminance, so if you’d still rather have them, then you should use light colour shades with bright LED bulbs of a higher voltage, probably 60-80 Watts. But the most important thing to keep in mind is all bulbs in the bathroom must be energy saving and cost-effective. Nobody likes to pay an exorbitant electricity bill after all.
While making a bathroom in business places like restaurants and hotels, the interiors are slightly different. People frequent restaurants and hotels to break away from their mundane lives at home and office.
Places like restaurants, clubs and coffee shops require lighting that are long-lasting and can run long hours in the day cost effectively. Since they require lighting at all times and only seldom are they switched off, it is best to choose a LED that is energy efficient. People prefer to have yellow fluorescent LED, however, it is best to use a bulb of 60-80 watts. It makes it easier for people to see their face in the mirror and use it for grooming or touching up. If it is a single door washroom, it is best to have high voltage lighting, but if there are multiple cubicles with a powder room, make sure that is brightly lit. Malls and shopping complexes usually prefer white light or a mix of white and yellow lights. It is best to keep the cubicle medium light and the light near the mirrors to be sharp.
In Hotels, it is preferred that bathrooms use multiple lights for different parts. The light above the bathtub or shower space should have dimmers for the guests to choose their preferences. The main idea behind staying at a hotel is to have a leisure time and relax. Concealed lights are a good idea to create an ambience of relaxation. Guests prefer to have yellow bulbs as it is soft on the eye but is still bright. Over the seat, people prefer a small, soft light, so they can switch that on in case they need to in the night and it isn’t harsh on the eyes. Near the basin and above the mirror, the light should be bright so that the face is evenly lit. It is good to have ceiling lights with covers so that the light is not direct and harsh.
Lighting can create or break an ambience. Harsh lighting in place of relaxation (like the bathtub) can change your mood drastically and not positively. While we may undermine the importance of ambience in the bathroom, it has a lot of effect on our mood. And by playing with lights and styles, you can get the perfect ambiance.