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How To Plan Your Lighting

A lighting scheme could be among one of the most important things you do for your interior design. There's no use having an interior that no one can see. It should be one of the first things you think about, in parallel with the layout and design of the room, but it should be implemented along with the plumbing (in case of a new build or renovation).

Choosing the best lighting scheme

How To Get Started
The first thing that you should think about is the way that natural light will affect the room. Remember that it won't always be blazing sunshine, but that this may mean that a certain corner will be left in the dark. This is an important part of your lighting design.

Then it pays to figure out what the space will be used for. For example, a kitchen will need more task lighting, whereas a bedroom will need a combination of task lighting and ambient lighting. Think about whether you like bright light or dimmer light for when you're watching TV, for instance. If you haven't quite figured out the final use of each room, then consider the possibilities.

Will there be any focal points within the room, a piece of artwork that you wish to draw attention to perhaps?

On The Plan
Whether you choose to draw your plan the old fashioned way on paper or using computer software, you must visualise your plan somehow. Remembering to mark fixtures such as doors, windows, fireplaces and radiators that can't move; you should also add movable furniture and the way they will face. Mark where the light switches will be- usually near the doorways or at the top and bottom of stairways.

Think about both fixed lighting, either in the form of spotlights, downlights or pendant lights, and movable lighting such as floor and table lamps. Try to imagine where the light will be in the room and how it will get its power. Movable sources of light need plug sockets, but do remember that you'll never have enough plug sockets regardless of how many you have, you'll almost always need an extension lead (but do remember to check the voltage limit).

You can purchase light switches and plug sockets as well as a whole host of other lighting solutions from electrical retailer. With a range of different styles at different price points, you're bound to find something perfect for your room.

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