Home Lighting Design Resources

Home Lighting Tips from the American Lighting Association
Having proper lightings at home is very important. If you are planning to remodel your house, consider following these lighting tips from the American Lighting Association. First, you should know the activities that will be done in each room. Is it for reading and writing, work, food preparation, or simply a place to rest? Does the area have dark wall colors? What are decorations in that room? For more specific tips, this page has articles for each room of the house. This includes the living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dining room, home office, home theater, and others. As a bonus tip, there is a separate article on how to choose the right ceiling fan.

Lighting Tips for Every Room by HGTV.com
Different rooms in the house may require different kinds of lighting, so find out what type of fixtures will work best throughout your home. For the kitchen, lighting depends on the activities. If it will be used for dining, it requires more ambient light. For the living room, it should be a mixture of ambient, accent and task lighting. For the bathroom, positioning two wall lights on both sides of the mirror is very important. If you will place it directly overhead and above the mirror, it will cast a shadow on your face which will give difficulties if you are applying makeup.

Kitchen Lighting Tips From Experts on DIYNetwork.com
DIYNetwork.com presents to you some kitchen lighting tips from Joe Rey-Barreau, director of education for the American Lighting Association, and lighting designer Randall Whitehead. Here, the two lighting experts shared their thoughts on the different types of lighting the task lighting, ambient lighting, accent lighting, and decorative lighting. According to Rey-Barreau, decorative lighting is great in the kitchen if the scale of the fixtures is right for the space, and that the shade material has enough opacity can hide the light bulb effectively. He added that dimmers and switches are the most inexpensive ways to coordinate lighting levels. For Whitehead, he said that many people overlook ambient lighting as an important layer in the kitchen.

Home Lighting Guide (With Photo Gallery)
Planning for a home lighting design can be confusing, as it should not be too light or too dim. To help you out, here are some useful tips along with a photo gallery. First, there are three levels of lightings low, high, and moderate. The low level is for relaxation, the high level is for complicated task, while the moderate level is for doing short activities such as eating. This guide also explains the proper lighting for every room in the house, including the living room, bathroom, kitchen, and dining room.

Outdoor Lighting Ideas from Sunset Magazine
This article provides 20 outdoor lighting ideas, with photos. Exotic lights instantly transforms a tranquil garden into paradise. Up-lighting accentuates shapes, while backlighting or silhouetting emphasizes the form of a tree or sculptural object. Shadowing uses a spotlight in front of plants that stand against or near a tall wall, and makes short plants appear longer. Grazing takes advantage of walls that have rugged, textured surfaces. Wall washing is similar to grazing but the light source should be farther from the wall and use a frosting diffuser. Also explains down lighting, moonlighting and path lighting. Sections on hidden sources, low-voltage outdoor lighting, and more tips from the pros including low-voltage, in-door switch, corrosion and power.

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