Architect Taylor Plosser Davis, who specializes in residential construction, creates lighting plans all the time and says that they can do wonders for your space. “I tend to consider three key elements when I am working on lighting plans for clients,” she says.
- Type of lighting: Gone are the days of shelves of incandescent, soft white bulbs – there are lots of choices today available to homeowners and designers. New LED lighting can provide energy cost savings of up to 80% over incandescent bulbs, and can last up to 25 times longer. Unlike other types of bulbs, LED’s can mimic the warmth of incandescent and there are a dizzying array of shapes and sizes. Talk to your electrician about what LED’s are compatible with your current lighting hardware if you are interested in using this technology.
- Lighting Control: I firmly believe that dimmers are a critical part of any lighting control system. Dimmed lights control drama, and even function, think about low night lights in a kitchen. When possible, I also recommend lighting control systems with preset scenes, incorporating both recessed and decorative fixtures so that homeowners can get the right light levels with the touch of a button.
- Light sources: I believe that the most comfortable and pleasing way to light any space is to think about layers of light: its not enough just to provide direct lighting coming from the ceiling: but to incorporate indirect lighting, especially natural light from windows and light that is reflected against walls or ceiling soffits. Decorative lighting, in combination with ceiling lighting, reduces glare and shadows, and decorative fixtures such as lamps, pendants and chandeliers can provide critical functional lighting, defining what happens in the space, as well as visual impact and style.
Take a look at how Taylor sees these elements come together in some specific rooms in your home.