Lighting Tips

Lamp wattage guide

Lighting Fundamentals

There are three basic types of lighting that work together in your home

  • Ambient (general lighting)
  • Task lighting
  • Accent lighting

A good lighting plan combines all three to light an area according to function and style

Determine your needs

  • Identify the activities that occur in each room (reading, food prep , etc.)
  • Identify the mood or ambience desired
  • Identify the decorative elements you want to emphasize
  • Identify those areas that serve more than a single purpose and would require more than one type of lighting
  • Keep in mind dark colors absorb light and therefore it may be necessary to provide supplemental light

Lighting Controls

  • Lower light levels to conserve energy and increase bulb life
  • Vary the mood of the room
  • Alter the intensity of light to suit the activity taking place
  • Create and save a number of different lighting schemes in one room

Energy savings and efficiency

  • Lighting uses 7-10% of the total energy consumed in a home
  • Turn off lights when you don’t need them
  • Use dimmers
  • Use photoelectric controls such as motion sensors
  • Use energy-saving bulbs wherever possible
  • Look for products that carry the Energy Star symbol