Room to socialise
Many modern houses are open plan with large rooms where family members eat, watch TV, play games and do their homework. In order to achieve good general lighting with downlights in such homes it helps to adapt the lighting to how the different spaces are used.
We often recommend placing the lighting along a wall, in part because an illuminated wall appears larger and in part to create ambience by, for example, illuminating a collection of pictures. If you like, you can choose a wall that is clearly visible when you enter the room to create an eye-catching focal point.
Consider the controls! If you divide the lighting between different switches, you can vary the lighting to suit how the room is currently being used. Most of our luminaires can be dimmed with many of the most commonly available dimmers on the market.
Lighting in window niches provides a homely appearance from both the inside and the outside. For ambient evening lighting mini-downlights offer wonderfully cosy lighting after dusk, such as in an alcove or shelf – they also consume very little energy. We even have energy-efficient LED light sources for the E27 sockets in existing pendant or floor lamps.
Light the way
Illuminating passages ensures good general lighting in areas where you’re often on the move. This can be combined with highlighting small details such as a wall of pictures or with a contrasting texture to create more dynamic and varied lighting.
Multifunctional TV room
Many of today’s TV rooms are also playrooms or family rooms, which require strong lighting when cleaning as well as softer, cosier lighting for the evening. With good switches and dimmers you can use the same luminaires for both purposes. Adjustable luminaires also enable you to change the room’s use as the years go by.
Try to avoid placing downlights in the ceiling near the TV to avoid distracting reflections in the screen. A backlight behind the TV can, however, reduce eye strain.
Combine light and textiles for a homely feeling. Here we’ve used LEDstrip lights concealed in a profile to provide soft, raking light behind the curtain. A good alternative to window lighting if you don’t want to use spots or pendant luminaires.
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