Expert lighting tips: how to light up your home

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Written by Ben Davis

All rooms in your house need a variety of lights: background or ambient lighting, accent lighting to highlight special features, and task lighting to illuminate close-ups. Even if your house is well decorated, you can always update it to improve the atmosphere; nothing makes a room look worse than bad lighting.

Before you start decorating a room, you should think about the lighting scheme. Here are some lighting ideas that will come in handy:

Down lighting

This is something that you will either love or hate. Although down lighting can be incredibly efficient and helpful, it should be used in the right place. During the day, rooms with plenty of windows are well lit, but the same cannot be said for evenings.

A down lighter can help to create a soft glow that makes for a good ambiance, which is suitable for dining and reception areas.


A spotlight can turn your architectural details and key possession into spotlights. A spotlight can also be attractive when used in dark corners where you would not normally have any light. You can install the lights on two different switches to make sure that your ceiling lights and spotlights are on separate circuits.

Doing so gives you the ability to turn on different lights as you wish to change the mood. Having a blanket spotlight on your ceiling is not that flattering and the excessive light provided could be exhausting. However, installing a dimmer switch will make it possible to change the lighting from dramatic to cozy.

Dining room lighting

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a dining room. Although they should be subtle, dining room lights also have to sparkle. Having bright overhead lights that are not chandeliers is inappropriate. If you opt for chandeliers, you should make sure that you install dimmer switches so that you can experiment with different brightness levels for different occasions.

If the room is too dark, your guests will not see what they are eating. On the other hand, if a dining room is too bright, the ambiance will be ruined, and people’s complexions will appear sickly. A good option for the dining room is wall lighting or setting sconces into a mirror for an incredible reflective effect.

Achieve different levels of light

If you want to achieve different levels of light, you need to use table lamps as well as wall lights. Indirect lighting is a great way to add atmosphere to a room by giving it a beautiful glow. You can also light up the display objects on a bookcase by creating a track on each shelf and installing LED lights.

This gives you a hidden light that spreads downwards and upwards, adding light to your display without producing heat.

Chair lighting

Because a living room is likely to have separate seating areas, each chair might require its own lighting. For instance, a sofa may need a realistic yet elegant swing-arm to give good light for reading. The problem with using lamps as your source of light is that you have to start thinking about how to incorporate lampshades into your décor without making your home look like a lamp shop.

Lampshades also need to be beautiful and match the overall décor of your home.

If you are wondering what the best lights for your home are, you should consider LED interior lights. Not only will these lights save energy and lower your utility bill in the end, but they are also eco-friendly. Moreover, LED lights last longer than normal bulbs. Therefore, you only have to replace them a few times.

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