Written by: Sara Martínez de Home archiLAB
How to light your home with discerning style
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a home, as it has the power to transform any space. So, properly planning your lighting from the beginning will make your home much more comfortable.Painting: Conrad Roset
Lighting consists not only in having the right level of brightness in each room and for each activity in that room, but also being able to generate a sense of wellbeing through visual comfort.
Plus, the great advantage artificial lighting has over natural light is that you can control it and regulate it to suit your needs and make sure that it creates the effect you want in each specific space.Painting: Conrad Roset
To properly plan your lighting, first let’s look at the main options available.
Overhead lighting tends to be fixed in place and used to light the whole space. It is functional lighting. It can be on the ceiling or walls, depending on the room.
This type of lighting includes the main light points in the room and we recommend having several instead of just one in the centre.
Accent lighting creates a pleasant, comfortable, attractive atmosphere. You can create this with floor lamps, table lamps and pendant lamps that create emphasis with softer light and brighter areas, leaving the rest of the space darker.
Task lighting is necessary for specific activities. It is the lighting in a specific place designed for a certain activity, such as the kitchen bench or study desk. Adjustable spots are often used for this type of lighting.
Both of these, accent and task lighting, make up the secondary lighting in each room.
After analysing your needs and how you will use each room in the home to choose the best lighting for each one, it is important to determine how powerful the light needs to be (lumen – lm), what glare it can cause and the right colour temperature.
These technical parameters will help you choose the right lighting for each space.
To decide on the brightness, look at the lumens (power of the light) instead of the watts (power used) or efficacy (lm/w).
For overhead or task lighting, you should choose something brighter (more lumens) and something gentler for accent lighting.
In terms of the colour temperature, for a home, which should be a place of rest and relaxation, choose warmer tones, below 3000º K.
For a workplace, or the kitchen bench, cooler lighting is better, above 4000º K, so you will pay more attention to the task at hand.
Once you have a clear idea of your needs and the technical parameters required of the light, you should choose the look you want.
Now we have to talk about the trend of using exposed bulbs, which is one of the most noteworthy right now.
Inspired by the old Edison bulbs, this lightbulb is designed to look traditional but its filaments are exposed and illuminated, so they are clearly visible. There are different sizes and shapes, some more rounded and some longer, and even different shaped filaments.
This type of lightbulb makes any lamp a design icon without much effort, in the ‘less is more’ philosophy.
The advantage is that they are now also available with LED technology (Light-Emitting Diodes), which has the additional advantage of being highly efficient and long-lasting (more than 50,000 hours).
This type of bulb works perfectly in any sort of lamp.
Also for table lamps like the María, inspired by classical oil lamps. Its design makes it a unique piece that will give you soft, elegant lighting with any Bulb E27.
Without a doubt, these filament lightbulbs bring a touch of originality to wall lights such as the Aklla, with rounded shapes and elegant design in brass.
No matter what your needs are, you can use these lightbulbs and lamps for overhead, accent or task lighting in your home to make your days and nights shine with natural charm.