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Lighting is a crucial element that has the ability to transform the ambiance of a space. However, it is often overlooked and underestimated, leading to poor lighting choices that can ruin an otherwise well-designed room. 

In this blog, we will explore three common lighting mistakes and provide four useful tips to help you make the most of your lighting decisions. 

Mistake 1: Incorrect Lighting 

Temperature One of the biggest lighting mistakes is using the wrong colour temperature. Colour temperature is measured in Kelvin and ranges from warm to cool. The four main categories of light colours are warm white, soft white, bright white, and daylight. Each colour temperature creates a different atmosphere and is suited for specific areas in your home. Understanding these temperatures and their applications will help you choose the right lighting for each space. 

Mistake 2: Mixing Colour Temperatures 

Inconsistent colour temperatures within a single space can create a disjointed and unsettling feel. It is essential to maintain consistency when it comes to colour temperatures. While different areas may require different temperatures, it is crucial to find a compromise that maintains a consistent atmosphere, especially in open-plan spaces. 

Mistake 3: Not Layering Lighting 

Using only one type of lighting throughout a room is a common mistake. To achieve a balanced and well-lit space, it is important to utilise different types of lighting. Overhead lighting, ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting serve different purposes and should be layered to provide functionality and enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the room. 

Tip 1: Match Lighting Fixtures to Other Elements 

Consider the overall look and feel of your space when selecting lighting fixtures. Matching them to other elements in the room, such as hardware, colour schemes, or textures, creates a cohesive and visually pleasing environment. Pay attention to details like materials, finishes, and styles to ensure a harmonious blend. 

Tip 2: Diffuse Your Light Sources 

Diffusing light sources can soften harsh shadows and create a more flattering and comfortable atmosphere. Using lampshades or fixtures with opal glass shades can help achieve this effect. While exposed lights may add visual interest, incorporating diffuse lighting sources will ensure even illumination throughout the room. 

Tip 3: Use Dimmers 

Having the ability to adjust the brightness of your lights is essential for creating different moods and accommodating various tasks. Dimmers allow you to control the intensity of the light and tailor it to your needs. Smart bulbs and switches offer a convenient way to achieve dimming functionality, but traditional dimmers can also be integrated into your home. 

Tip 4: Light Your Outdoor Spaces 

Don’t forget to extend your attention to outdoor spaces. Properly lighting your balconies, backyards, or outdoor areas can enhance the overall perception of space and create a welcoming environment. Outdoor sconces, spotlights, and decorative lighting can make your interior feel more expansive by drawing your gaze outside. 

By avoiding common lighting mistakes and following these useful tips, you can harness the power of lighting to create a well-designed, inviting, and functional space. Remember to consider colour temperature, layer different types of lighting, match fixtures to other elements, diffuse light sources, use dimmers, and illuminate your outdoor spaces. With the right lighting choices, you can transform any room and enjoy a properly lit space at any time of day. 

For more information, or to speak to a member of our team about working with the UK’s leading authority in creating stunning spaces, email me at james@astralumos.co.uk or call 01386 904 000. 

Until next time, have a wonderful day and I will look forward to seeing you in the next article! 

Alternatively, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel. We’ll be doing a lot of YouTube videos on various aspects of lighting design, electrical design, and installation of both, including audiovisual, multi-room audio, smart heating controls, and the like. 

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