Living Room Lighting

Living Room LED Lighting

Must have Lighting tips for Living / Family Rooms

The living room could well be the most important room in our homes.  It’s where we entertain, relax, hang with the fam, and ‘retire’ to when we’ve finished nearly all other activities.  Aesthetically, it’s often the showpiece of our home, so let’s light it right.
 
 
 
 
If you want your Living room to pop we need to light it like we use it.  That is with variety and versatility.  So we should use layers, dimming, colour temperatures, and complimentary fittings to create a range of lighting scenarios.
 
 
 

Living Room Lighting 

 

Practicality

 

It would be ridiculous for the family to enter the Living room to play a game of Monopoly and have lights that are dark and moody, therefore the first principle of lighting the room well is to layer the lighting to suit different functions.  Here are some of the activities you might do in your living room and the subsequent recommendations for your lighting: (If you haven’t heard of some of these types of lights there’s a bit more info in the next section)

 

Entertaining – Lots of ambient lighting (Downlights, Soffit or Valance styles) and full accent lighting (Focused downlighting, wall washes, track fittings) to show off the room.  Overall light capacity in the room should be around 90 – 100%.  Don’t forget the coasters.

 

Reading – Some muted accent lighting (Focused downlighting, wall washes, track fittings) and a task light (Table lamp, Floor lamp, focused downlight) at your sitting location.  Overall light capacity in the room should be around 40 – 50%.  Be transported to your literary Nirvana.

 

Watching TV – Some muted accent lighting (Focused downlighting, wall washes, track fittings), some muted ambient lighting (Downlights, Soffit or Valance styles) but only behind you, a dimmed task light (Table lamp, Floor lamp, pendant, focused downlight) at your sitting location.  Overall light capacity in the room should be around 30 – 50%.  Netflix me up.

 

Conversation - Ambient lighting (Downlights, Soffit or Valance styles) concentrated in the area you are sitting, and full accent lighting (Focused downlighting, wall washes, track fittings) to show off the room.  Overall light capacity in the room should be around 75 – 85%.  Reminisce, devise your destiny, discuss the achievements of great philosophers and scholars, or just joke and laugh till a little bit of wee comes out.

 

Empty – Sometimes you just want to show off the room when you’re not in it.  Full accent lighting (Focused downlighting, wall washes, track fittings) will do the job when you want to admire the room from afar.  Overall light capacity in the room should be around 10 – 40%.  Keep making excuses to walk past the living room to gaze at the beautiful dynamics between the shadows and the highlights of your prize possessions.

 
 

Living Room Lighting

 Types

 

Ambient Lighting – This is normal lighting that we all understand and have used all our lives.  Downlights, panels or chandeliers designed to light up all the corners of the room.  What we want with our ambient lighting is to have a few different circuits so we can switch different zones of the room on or off, to create hot spots in the area we are occupying.  These lights should be dimmable and natural white in colour temperature, around 4500K.

 

 Accent Lighting – This is how we show off the room; spotlights on art or framed photos on the walls, spotlight on the fireplace, wall washes on the feature wall, niche lighting on shelving and cutouts.  Generally the accent lighting can be on 1 or a few circuits, must be dimmable, and can be a mixture of cool white (6000K) and warm white (3000K) depending on what is being highlighted.

 

Task Lighting – Task lighting is localised to the area you need it.  So it might be a floor lamp next to your chair, a pendant over your coffee table, or a table lamp on your desk.  Dimming is not essential but could add to the ambience of the room, and colour temperature would normally be warm (3000K) to natural (4500K).

 

If you want to go to the next level, you need to get lighting control like C-Bus, Dynalite, or Control4.  It will add, to all of the above, the ability to create scenes.  A scene is like a memory or snapshot of a set configuration of lights.  So you can set the lights according to the ‘converstaion’ mode above, then save it to a button.  So instead of setting 5 or 6 different lights on/off or dimmed every time you want to change function, you simply press a button to recall a scene.  More on lighting control here.

 

Living Room Lighting

In Summary:

  • Use 3 types of lighting – Ambient, Task, and Accent
  • Dimmers with dimmable lights are a must
  • Layer the types of lights for different room functions
  • Use different colour temperatures to create different moods
  • Invest in lighting control

 

Types of Lights:

Downlights Soffit Valance
Track Table lamp Floor lamp

 

 

Your kitchen is the central hub of your home, make it captivating!

 

moodLED

modern.smart.lighting

 

 facebook.com/moodled

 

Living Room Lighting

0 comments

  • There are no comments yet. Be the first one to post a comment on this article!

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published