Six essential tips to Great Lighting in your Home


Following our last blog post, this week we will be discussing several important elements that Homeowners should take into consideration when lighting their Home.

You can’t touch it, smell it, taste it or even hear it. You can also see right through it. Yet the Lighting element is probably the one design component which bears the most importance in any room.

“Lighting is the last thing many home decorators consider, yet it makes the biggest difference”

It can make you feel awake or relaxed, industrious or romantic, older or younger. And yet it’s usually the most underappreciated and underused tool in any design concept


Here are Six Lighting Secrets which will help give your lighting the importance it deserves.

Light in Layers

In addition to natural light, every room should have three different kinds of light; Ambient, Task and Accent Lighting. Decorative would also be considered an option, however this option remains at the homeowners choosing.  Many homeowners choose to throw a couple lights on the ceiling and call it a day. This is a big no no. Ambient light is your all-rounder, often coming from recessed fittings or ceiling fixtures. Task Lighting is dedicated to a space where you word or read. And finally Accent lighting, whereby it Highlights artworks, accessories or architectural features.

Go big or don’t go!

The most common mistake Homeowners make is choosing fixtures that are too small.  So if you’re going for a decorative piece, go big!

Get the height right!

Another common mistake by most Homeowners is hanging their Light Fixtures too high. When it comes to Dining tables or Kitchen islands, chandeliers or pendants lights can be hung lower than fixtures over busy areas, such as entryways or living areas. The bottom of Pendants or Chandeliers should usually hang at around 76 to 86 cm from the surface. Whilst in a living space or entry Light fixtures would usually require at least 2.3 metres of Clearance. When in doubt, drop the fixture a little.


Match your temperatures

Light comes in different colours, ranging from warm to cool. These are called colour temperatures, and yes they all need to match.

Most light bulbs now post their colour temperatures on the packaging. So if your temperatures don’t match, say you have a warm light on your ceiling, and a cool CFL bulb in your Lamp shade, something will feel off in the space, you simply won’t know what.

Some like a warmer light in their House, while others prefer a pure white and even a cool spectrum. To each his own, but whatever you fancy, pick a temperature and stick to it.


Practice shade consistency

Similarly, your lampshades should also match. Most shades are white or cream because these colours let the most light through. In the same room, the lampshades should be all white or all cream, but not both. The exception to the rule would be when you have a dramatic coloured shade, say patterned or black print, whereby it would act as an accessory.

Dim it!


By installing dimmer switches on your lights you are not only controlling a room’s mood, but it also helps in controlling ones costs. Dimming your lights, even your energy efficient LEDS, saves energy! Dimming a light by 50 percent, saves you nearly the same amount in energy.

Try it, you’ll never go back!

We at Elektra hope we were able to help you better understand how to achieve the best lighting for your Homes. For further Lighting or Electrical advice, visit our partner profile for contact details.  Our Lighting Consultants are also available by appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!



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