If you are getting ready to have your dream home built, you may find yourself obsessing over the details of how the rooms will be set up and what colors and materials you wish to have used. However, another part of having a home built includes how your spaces will be lit once you move in. Use the following tips to get you started with planning the lighting of your rooms before building begins on your new home.
1. Consider the Use of Each Room
When trying to decide how to choose fixtures and arrange the lighting of each room, first consider how each space will be used. How you plan to use a room is important when planning the lighting because you do not want to have too little light in some spaces while not having too much in others.
For example, especially if you will be spending a lot of time in your kitchen, you will want enough light so that you can see while you prepare and cook food. While an overhead fixture is often included, do not neglect lighting that goes underneath the upper cabinets so that your workspace is illuminated while you are chopping up or mixing food.
On the other hand, you probably do not want too much light in your bedrooms. You may want a frosted overhead light with a soft glow while planning on having electrical outlets for bedside lights for when you are reading in bed.
2. Maximize Any Available Natural Light
Another consideration when planning the lighting in your new house is using any available natural light to its full potential. Not only does natural light give a light, open feeling to spaces, but it also can help decrease your energy use during the day.
For example, while you should still plan on using artificial lights in your kitchen, you may want to consider installing skylights in the ceiling to give you extra light in the daytime. Or, if you have a living room or day room, you may want to plan on a large picture window that oversees a beautiful view.
Planning the lighting of your new home beforehand can help ensure that your rooms are as bright or dark as you wish them to be. For more information and guidance on how to plan out the lighting of your home, as well as planning other areas of your dream house, speak with a home builders service.