4 Common Home Lighting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Out of all the things you will have to do when decorating your house, lighting seems like one of the easiest tasks. You just have to plug in the lamp, turn on the switch and that’s it, right? Your house is now bright, and you can see where you walk.

Well, what many people don’t seem to know is that poor lighting choice can cause your cozy home to feel unwelcoming and take a toll on your mood. If there is too much light, your house will feel like one huge conference room, very cold and impersonal. On the other hand, too little light will make the space look claustrophobic. 

To prevent any of these issues from happening, below are four mistakes to avoid when choosing the lighting for your home. 

You dismiss dimmer switches

An on/off lighting switch is practical for offices and stores, but if you want to consider yourself an interior design master, you need to make use of the best-kept secret of lighting design: dimmers. Dimmers can help you play with the ambience and set the vibe of the room according to your own mood or occasion.

Invest in good dimmers that have various lighting levels to have as much control as you can over the fixtures. Consider individual dimmers for each fixture to play with lightness and darkness better. 

You don’t take layers into consideration

Many homeowners make the mistake of choosing one large source of ceiling lighting in a room and calling it a day. While you do need a main source of lighting for each room, if you stick with just that, you risk making everything look as if you were in an expo or convention.

Besides overhead lighting, focus on adding task lights and accent lights as well, to add more depth and give yourself the freedom of choice. There is no need to turn on the main light if you are just sending an email on your computer, so consider a desk lamp to create a sense of calmness and intimacy. 

You don’t consider both form and function

Ok, we agree that lighting must be, above all, practical and functional. After all, what is the point in having beautiful fixtures that barely make enough light to not trip over the rug? When you pick out fixtures, you need to consider size, form, direction and purpose. Installing a huge pendant light to hang from the ceiling of a small room is going to make it look even more cramped, and the light will feel unnatural. 

Measure everything and ensuring you bring those numbers with you at the store will help make the right choice. As a rule of thumb, the sum of a room’s width and height in feet should be the same as the diameter of your pendant light in inches. So, for example, if you add the height and width and you get 30 feet, your chandelier should be 30 inches in diameter. 

You forget about energy consumption

It’s not a secret that lights consume energy, but oftentimes people seem to forget that. Even though traditional bulbs are much cheaper, they last for a very limited time, and they consume a lot of energy. Switching to LED bulbs may mean more initial costs, but you will be saving lots of money over time. 

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