Lighting is a visual phenomenon and one of the most important elements to get in a room. It is the quickest way to change atmosphere and mood, to exaggerate space or diminish faults.

Create ambient lighting in living rooms, i.e. soft indirect light that fills the volume of the room with illumination. It can be achieved by using wall brackets, up lights, chandeliers, and recessed lights. Table lamps can provide concentrated areas of light.

In dining rooms, use pendant lights that focus directly over food making it more appetizing and interesting. In the study, rooms use fluorescent light as a task light. It is a good shadowless light and consumes less wattage.

In bedrooms, the lights should be soothing and planned in a way that creates a light, relaxing, and romantic atmosphere. Arty table lamps tucked in the corner or hanging lampshades lend an aesthetic appeal to the room. If you like to read in bed, a reading light can also be incorporated.

For a compact bathroom, general lighting is the ideal option, with the lights fixed centrally in the ceiling. For medium-sized bathrooms which are sectioned off into baths and toilets, it is a good idea to invest in overhead fixtures. The most important lighting in a bathroom centers around the mirror – for shaving, grooming, combing the hair, etc. Hence the lights should be soft and diffused, without glare and shadow. Avoid lighting the mirror.

Good lighting is very important for the main entrance. Light fixtures that do not work or offer inadequate illumination are inauspicious. The light at the entrance should be bright and simple. Floodlights are best for institutions and monuments and, though used by some ornate residences, are not for homes. The key to exterior lights is to keep them simple and toned down, with lights placed at eye level to avoid dazzle.

When planning lights for the garden, take the landscape into account. Placing lights below plants and trees, sculpture and rocks add interest to the facade of your home. Safety aspects should also. be kept in mind while positioning lights in and around water bodies and features such as swimming pools, fountains, and waterfalls. Enliven the waterfall by lighting it from behind.

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