Wall and ceiling lighting represents the most important and consequential type of lighting in your home – It is true that you can get a disk lamp or allow natural lighting into the room by retrofitting your home with a window, but these usually have very limited usability and flexibility. Wall and ceiling lighting can be used in almost all situations where you want lighting inside your home. This article will act as a decent guide to help you get started learning how to properly decide the lighting inside your home.
What Type of Lighting Should You Get?
Fluorescent lighting works by driving an electric current through a gas-filled tube – the energy excites the electrons of the gas, charges them with power, and results in the release of photons. Fluorescent lighting is the most common type of lighting in our homes today. Each lamp gives you about 8,000 hours of lighting, and the average-sized average-brightness lamp consumes around 20 watts.
Incandescent lighting is the more traditional type of lighting and it works by driving a current through a tungsten filament wire heating it up slowly and generating lighting in the process. It is the simplest and the oldest type of lighting we are going to discuss here, and it has largely fallen out of favor. This is due to the fact that it is much more energy-hungry than the other types of lighting – consuming 80 watts of electricity for the same amount of brightness generated by a 20 watt fluorescent light. This coupled with the fact that the average time-span of an incandescent light is 4 times lower and 10 times lower than fluorescent and LED lighting respectively, it is also economically unfeasible in the long run.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are relatively new compared to the other lighting technologies and they are becoming extremely popular and even indispensable. It is true that, on average, you need to pay more upfront for LED lights. This slight disadvantage, however, is dwarfed by the fact that LED lights average shelflife is at least 5 times higher than the other types of lighting, and it is much more energy-efficient. That means, over time, the reduced electricity and maintenance bills make up for the increase in upfront costs and then some.
Learning about the different types of lighting, I think it is quite obvious that LEDs are the way to go. Not only will it cost less in the long run, but it is also a great choice if you care about the environmental impact of your energy consumption. You can even use LED power supplies to ensure even more energy-efficient power consumption in your home.
How To Decide On The Exterior Of The Light?
Now that you’ve learned how to choose the type of lighting, you need to learn how to decide what kind of exterior you should get. While it is true that a light’s primary function is to provide illumination, it is also important to remember that lights have a significant impact on the home’s aesthetics and you need to be careful with how you decide which lights to get:
It should match the room’s aesthetics: when deciding what type of ceiling light to get, you need to take into account the types of furniture in your room. If you have a lot of Victorian-style furniture, your room would benefit from traditional-looking lights with wooden frames on the wall – even if they were to cost a little extra. Matching the aesthetics and the design of the furniture is the best and simplest guideline to follow.
How Much Should You Pay?
The amount of money you need to dedicate to the project is another contentious issue – you want to get the most bang for your buck – spending as little as possible while getting excellent looking homes.
Make sure you always stay within budget by planning ahead: it is really easy to spend more than you’ve intended when it comes to house modeling. If you’re working within a limited budget, which most people are, you need to ensure you don’t run out of money before buying all the necessary lighting for your rooms. For example, if you decide to buy five high quality LED aluminum profiles for your rooms, but you realize that you don’t have enough money to properly complement it with other lights, your rooms will look unfinished, badly lit, and ugly.
Decide how to invest in each room by their primary use: in a living room, when you get a lot of visitors, you need to ensure your lights look good. In your bedroom, which you might use it to study, read books, and sleep, you need to make sure you have adjustable lights for different uses. Aesthetics is more important in the former, and functionality in the latter. This is how you should be thinking about how you can spend money on your house.