The pandemic has undeniably changed the way people buy houses. What was once safe and common sense to do – such as open houses and showings, is now something we need to do with extreme.
How Important Is Lighting?
Dated: March 29 2021
If you don’t think lighting is important, I want you to imagine walking into a room with buzzing, harsh fluorescents. We’ve all felt the effects of intense lighting and its direct relation to our emotions. Lights with reddish hues make us feel warm, lights that have blue undertones keep us up but also make us lightly irritated. Don’t overlook lighting – it significantly impacts how a space will be used as well as the mood someone will feel when they enter it.
The entrance of your home should be the most welcoming as it is the first interior impression guests have. While natural daylight can create a cheery disposition for day visitors, those who stay into the evening will appreciate a warm light that will not overload their senses and will help them to relax. Coming from the dark into a house, a nice transition light will make it feel more inviting than a harsh light.
Office lighting should provide an atmosphere of alertness and productivity – something altogether different than a warm, cozy light. This might be a better space for a light with blue undertones, but make sure that your office light has a dimmer switch. You will be working in your office all hours of the day, and far more than you used to now that most of us are working from home. Having the ability to adjust the intensity of your lighting can reduce eye fatigue and headaches!
When it comes to our main living spaces, we should be mimicking natural light as much as possible. This is because our body follow a circadian rhythm – also known as our internal body clock. Harsh bright lights at night can confuse our bodies and make it think it’s day time when it’s night time and we should be settling in for the night. While it is important to have good bright lights in the house for cooking, working, and focus-specific work, they are not essential to every part of our home.
It is also important to understand that lighting does not just come from bulbs. If you can put in a skylight into your home, not only will it increase the value of your home but it will also increase the mood you will get from receiving natural light. Moreover, having natural lighting from windows and skylights will help you save on energy as you won’t need as many lights on during the day!
One of the best things that has come from smart home design is smart lighting. Smart lighting provides a flexibility in lighting and mood that did not exist before. One single bulb can now be both a warm light and a bright blue light depending on your mood, time of day and weather outside!
At the end of the day, lighting is the most important element to consider when designing a space. It can transform the shape and size of a room by shining a light in the right place. It can affect the mood you feel in the room by the hue of light that is being projected.