Residential Lighting Design Tips: Go From Ordinary to Extraordinary

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Lighting technology is evolving rapidly—spurred by energy efficiency awareness and laws—with options including compact fluorescent, halogen, LED and other types of light bulbs, integrated into a home.

What isn’t changing is the important role that lighting plays in creating a healthy, safe home environment. Lighting is a powerful tool in a person’s health, and in their daily lives.

The  ability to see clearly, identify objects, prepare food, attend to personal grooming and perform many more functions all rely on the right type of lighting in every room of the house. Just as importantly, a person’s moods and emotions are triggered by light.

Below are several key factors when it comes to designing extraordinary lighting in a home.

Light Layers

Using multiple sources of light creates maximum effect in a space. For example, ambient lighting can be combined with task lighting to provide shadow-free work areas, while accent lighting adds drama and interest, and decorative lighting injects flair and personality. Using a mixture of fittings will create a richer home environment.

Color Temperature

Color temperature is based on where it falls on the Kelvin scale, warm lights fall between 2700k and 3500k and cool lights are found between 5000k and 6500k. Color temperature can be a simple way to emphasize the functionality and feeling of a room.

Lighting Effects

This category is all about task lighting, accent lighting, cove lighting decor lighting and so on. Lighting effects identify the features of the room and bring out the best important parts of the room.


When it comes to lighting control, the solution can be as simple as flipping on and off a switch, or as integrated as a whole home lighting control system that reduces energy costs and adds an abundance of convenience. Lighting control systems from Crestron and Lutron are two of the most reliable and customizable solutions on the market today.

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