Kitchen lighting is all about getting a good balance between task and ambient lighting. When choosing lights for your kitchen you’ll want to focus on getting task lighting down first.
Whether you use undercabinet lighting, pendant lights above your island table, or a mix of both, consider how you use your kitchen and what needs focused lighting. From there, have ambient lighting fixtures (recessed lighting can work well for this purpose) to fill in the gaps.
When it comes to bathroom lighting, one of the best things you can do is ensure lighting is on both sides of your mirror, if possible. This cuts down on the amount of shadows created and makes bathroom tasks easier to accomplish.
Make sure to purchase wet-rated lights whenever you are installing a fixture in the bathroom, even if they aren’t directly in range of water sources.
Dining Room Lighting
When it comes to dining room lighting, you’ll want to design your strategy around the centerpiece: the dining room table. When picking a fixture to hang over your table, ensure there is enough height clearance and that the fixture itself isn’t larger than half as wide as the table beneath it.
Another great thing to do is install a dimmer. This allows you to set the mood and have flexibility as to how much light you’re getting, especially with overhead fixtures.
Outdoor lighting has three main purposes: security, safety, and aesthetics. When it comes to safety and security, you’ll want to think about keeping your pathways well-lit and installing floodlights that have a motion sensor. You always want to make sure to use low levels of lighting all around to ensure uniform lighting and that you don’t create super dark areas by contrast. However, bright lighting at your front door is encouraged.
Pro tip: Buy high quality light fixtures upfront. Wear and tear on your fixtures is especially harsh outdoors, so buying sturdy fixtures from the get-go will save you on replacement costs in the long run.