Let there be light... planning
To ensure the right atmosphere, plus practicality, little else is more important when creating a home than getting the lighting right.
However, if you're not confident when it comes to understanding how lightings works, this is a field where professional advice can pay off.
The sooner you plan for lighting the better as tradespeople can place the wiring exactly where it is required, which can save time and money.
To ensure versatility, the best solution is to choose layers of lighting.
These could include well-positioned overhead down lights, or sconces (light fixtures installed in the walls), and a choice of strategically placed table and floor lamps. Dimmers are also one of the most practical lighting aids, providing control over the light in the room.
Factor in the temperature of your lighting. For instance, choose cooler lighting in the kitchen, warmer light in the bedroom.
LED lighting temperature is measured using the Kelvin scale and is represented by numbers followed by a "K”.
A warm white globe is between 2700K to 3500K, while a cool white light is about 5000K to 6500K.
The new LED and CFL bulbs are more expensive than the older-style bulbs, but they will last much longer and can cost less over time.