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Functional Domestic Lighting

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Hugh Kollosche
We would like to assist you with some basic knowledge about domestic lighting and lighting design. Having such a diverse range of lighting products, Discount Lighting provides a comprehensive selection for any domestic lighting design plan.

Functional Domestic Lighting

Functional lighting is considered the primary lighting used in a home. The important factors to consider when doing a lighting design plan for a house are:
  • Style (aesthetics)
  • Dimensions and details of the space
  • Decor
  • Furnishings and layouts
  • Functions and space
  • Lighting budget
These important factors are defined as follows: -

Establish the style of home

  • Contemporary
  • Ultra modern
  • Federation
  • Georgian
  • Tuscan

Find out the dimensions and details of the home

  • Ceiling height
  • Room sizes
  • Exterior landscape plans eg. pool, fountains, garden layout

consider the decor

  • Colour of walls and ceilings
  • Colour of flooring: carpet, tiles, timber etc
  • Brick – colour
  • Cement rendered - colour
  • Timber or aluminium windows and doors – colour

consider furnishings and layouts

It is necessary to know the working and non-working areas in each room.  For example – locate where the wardrobes or work stations such as desks or computers are, so that ample light is directed to these areas.  It also should be noted if furniture will be re-arranged occasionally.

Define the function of the space

Be aware of the activities taking place in each area.  For example – is it a leisure area, entertaining area or work area?

consider the budget

You will have a budget in mind for your lighting requirements.  It is important to consider the budget so that one of our lighting consultants can work out the best possible solution for the lighting project at an affordable price.
The defined factors should give our lighting consultant a clear picture of the lighting project and create a good working and confident relationship with you.  These factors will also control the reflective light that is expelled from the different coloured and textured surfaces.  This will help establish how much light is required in each area and what types of light fittings are suitable.