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 homes it helps to adapt the lighting to how the different spaces are used.
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 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 are dimmable with many of the most commonly available dimmers on the market.
Direct the light from your LED spotlights onto what you want to highlight and form. Create everything from good work lighting to a cosy mood lighting with ceiling-mounted spotlights. With spotlights installed on tracks or in the ceiling you get a flexible lighting solution. Also suited for use with high, angled ceilings where the luminaire can be tilted and rotated.
With concealed lighting you can create an effectual lighting that can highlight a textile, a structure or a colour. Conceal the LEDstrip in a ceiling niche, curtain niche or a beam. Combine lighting with textiles and materials to create a cosy and cared-for feeling.
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 control 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.
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.