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Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is used to create a focus in a room, adding contrast and giving the room a bit more definition. Accent lighting can be used in a variety of ways, including uplighting, down lighting, anything which can be used to highlight key features in the room.

When planning how to use accent lighting in a room, it is important to ensure only a few focal points are highlighted to create the contrast accent lighting should achieve. Achieving a good balance of lighting is a room is essential to create a pleasant environment.

Accent lighting is mostly used when lighting pictures. Picture lighting is important but must be considered carefully. When lighting a picture a lot of things must be considered such as the heat and reflection off the glass on the front of a mirror.

Background Lighting

Background lighting is generally the light which creates the ambience in a room. Different rooms will use different types of background lighting depending on what tasks will be performed there.

If downlights are used to create a background lighting, ensure they are arranged to enhance the layout of the space or use wall washing to create a softer lighting effect.

The key to lighting is to ensure that whatever the light is aimed at, the right effect is achieved. A darker surface will reduce the reflection while a brighter surface will allow for the maximum reflection of the light making the room seem brighter than what it actually may be.

The colours of the space play an important role on how light is reflected. The brighter the walls, the less lights required to light the space. The darker the wall, the more light is required to illuminate the space. Matt walls and ceilings are also preferred as shiny surfaces directly reflect the light which may be unappealing.

Bathroom Lighting

The bathroom often uses reflective materials which can be beneficial on the lighting effects that can be achieved.

Layers of lighting are important when looking at illuminating any room. To create layers, different bathroom lighting effects can be created on various different levels. With these the variation in lighting can differ from task to task.

Most often, the most important place in the bathroom which needs to be lit is the mirror. Having the wrong kind of bathroom lighting can create the wrong type of shadows on a persons’ face. The best type of lighting to have on a bathroom mirror is two lights either side of the mirror. This allows the light to be spread evenly around the face and having a balanced light on both sides of the face.

Lights which will draw focus to imperfections are not the best solutions as they will draw the eye to things which do not want to be seen.

Bedroom Lighting

The bedroom is a place for relaxation and ensuring the lighting is right. A bedroom needs to act as both a wakeup call and a place to encourage rest.

Whether space in your room is limited or large, there is always a perfect solution to enhance the interiors of the room. In more spacious rooms, freestanding furniture can be used to provide the lighting. Contemporary interiors allow for wall washed lights and uplighting. Low glare downlights can be used to create focus on a flamboyant headboard or a feature wall.

Creating floating effects under beds, bedside tables, and wardrobes can be beneficial to the room to create a soft glow which can be used as a nightlight.

Task lighting is one to be considered in the bedroom. Most often this type of lighting is used for reading, and if lit wrong can strain the eyes.

By using clever bedroom lighting, other aspects of the room can be lit up. Lights can be directed towards dressing areas or wardrobes to provide sufficient lighting when needed.

Depending on what your interiors are like, different lighting methods can be used to create a relaxing effect in the rooms. From day to night, the lighting can alter and change the effect of the room.

Concealed Lighting

Concealed lighting is often used to create effects of light without visually seeing the light source. This lighting often works well in minimalist setting to create clean and crisp lines.

Concealed lighting can be used in various different ways to create different effects. It can be cast as a downlight or uplight and can be used to create a floating effect in some cases. Again, the reflection of the light must be considered. If there are shiny surfaces, the reflection will spoil the lighting effect.

Concealed lighting can be used to create a soft glow around key features in a room and allows people to feel comfortable in their own space.

Decorative Lighting

Decorative lighting is often a personal choice to create a theme in the room. Decorative lighting comes in many forms including wall lamps, chandeliers and pendant lights. Decorative lighting have once again made an appearance in interior design. With the variety of decorative lights available, people are able to choose what goes with their personalities.

Decorative lighting comes in a wide range of varieties and colours, from simple and elegant to extravagant and elaborate.

The important thing when considering decorative lighting is to ensure there is no glare from the reflection which is created from the light.

Dining Area

Entrances and Pathways

As it is often said, the first impression is the last impression. Creating a warm welcoming feeling to guests when approaching your home is important as it determines the mood.

To create a more welcoming approach, lights should be used around the door frame. This creates a warm and approachable environment for guests.

Using uplights around plants can help to create a subtle, well-lit pathway leading up to the main entrance.

If the house has steps, lights are important to help create a welcoming feeling. By using unnoticeable lighting, you can create a well- lit area using minimal lighting.

Floodlights are a useful way of lighting the home but can also have some unflattering effects by emphasising imperfections on the house or drawing away from any architectural details.

Gardens and Decks

Using the right shades of light in a garden is essential. The garden should not be over lit. By spreading up lights a long a long driveway or pathway will create more emphasis than having a long walkway fully lit. By doing this, you are able to create a focal point at the end of the path way which could be a statue.

Use Focal lighting as part of your garden lighting in well maintained areas to emphasise spaces which are well looked after, normally closer to the house.

Kitchen Lighting

The kitchen is a room for functionality and is used throughout the day. A good level of background kitchen lighting is key, which in modern kitchens is achieved by using down lights. It is essential not to cast down lights onto the floors which leaves the worktops in darkness. The down lights are used under cabinets so the worktops have a soft light reflecting off.

Up lighting can also be used in kitchens with high ceilings. Although it does not cast a direct light, up lighting creates an ambience which can emphasis architectural features.

Layering Lighting

The flexibility of a lighting scheme allows users to create the perfect environment. By layering lighting you are able to control the intensity and amount of light you want. Different lighting effects are required when layering to ensure a good balance. It is key to understand which lighting effects go well together to allow for the best results.

Each type of lighting used when layering should be controlled individually to allow full manipulation of the lighting to create the lighting effects the user wants.

Living Room Lighting

The living room is the most sociable room in a house. Family gatherings and get togethers are held here as well as using this space as somewhere to relax. The living room lighting should be the most flexible form of lighting to accommodate the moods of each situation.

When planning living room lighting, it is practical to plan the layout of furniture first. This is so sockets and fixtures can be hidden behind or around furniture to make them as discreet as possible.

When looking at living room lighting, it’s all about the details. Ceiling heights also play a big role in lighting. Chandeliers are often used to create the illusion that the ceiling is lower, and reducing the scale of the room. If you have limited ceiling heights perhaps a combination of recessed ceiling fixtures, decorative wall lights and table lamps will help create a larger looking space.

Down lights can be used in living room to emphasise certain key features, as well as accent lighting, which instantly draws you in to the room and makes you feel more welcome.

Pathways, Exteriors & Entrances

First Impression is always the last impression, for a house the first impression is though its approach which sets the tendency for what to come. During night lighting outside plays a major role in formative, the mood and engender feelings of reception and hospitality. Lights in the main entrance can be security lights, but also makes it feel trespasser for visitors and guests. Usually Dimmed lights on an edge make a welcoming approach. In a country setting, without the additional lighting from surrounding street, this may not provide enough lights. In this kind of case soft uprights to planting, filtering dappled light across the sides of the building, will soften the starkness of the affect, although it will still appear as if the wall lights are doing the work.

Lighting the side of a constructing is a good method of crafting a little finished light. One more method of emphasising an entrance, if wall lights are improper, is alongside recessed up lights close to the architrave of the door to emphasise this or to up light a pair of plants whichever side. Possessing instituted the lighting of the entrance, the subsequent thing to contemplate of is approach. Lighting steps is vital from protection point of view. if the steps have factions, next a tactful light can be set into wall to skim across every single pace, employing a filtering alongside the lamp set intensely inside it and whichever an LED or low-voltage halogen light basis alongside lens to manage the light and safeguard negligible glare. One more method to light steps is alongside spiked spotlights. The best aftermath are attained after the light basis is obscured, whichever by the encircling planting or by employing fitting in that the lamp set well back.

A subtle balance is required, because if the lighting is too close to the building it will emphasise any imperfection on the surface. Any light into the ground will need some form of glare shielding, usually just at changes a honeycomb filter or a louver. Lighting above steps in the garden can be difficult, but is a necessity for reason of safety, particularly if they are regularly used up at night. One solution is to set the lights, such as small low-glare LEDs, into the side wall, if there is one.

Pool Lighting

Pool lighting can create dramatic impacts to completely change the way it looks. The tiles in the pool often play a key role in how the pool looks and lighting can be used to define this.

Pools are often used as relaxation areas, so pool lighting will help to create a more relaxed environment. Fibre optic lights can be used to recreate the effect of stars. Lighting the ceiling is also important in the pool area as they need to be maintained.

Using wall washers as lighting can help to create dramatic effects and a focal point in the pool environment, and also creates a more relaxed environment.

Stairs, Corridors and Landing Lighting

These areas are most often the forgotten areas of the house and although they are probably the most used, people do not pay attention as they are just used as walkthroughs. Clever lighting can help to draw this space into the home creating a flow between different rooms.

A variety of lighting methods can be used in corridors. A nice effect which can be created in this area is using floor washers to illuminate the floor of the area. This creates a soft light which softens the space. Alternatively high level wall lights are a clever way to illuminate a corridor functionally rather than downlights. These fittings also create dramatic washes of light onto the ceiling adding drama to what normally is a dull space.

Creating shapes on the wall using clever lighting can create drama in a long corridor, adding effects and having a bigger impact on the space. For longer length corridors, lighting should be used in blocks to create drama.

Stairs are also a forgotten area of the house but by creating a soft light in this area, a better flow is achieved through different areas of the house and can also make a feature of the staircase.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is an essential type of lighting which is important in preventing eye strain. It provides focus on the task. Task lighting is different depending on what tasks are being undertaken. For different tasks, different task lights are used depending on where the focus is required.

In some cases, the background lighting can create enough light to illuminate the area where tasks are being carried out. In other cases, when task lights are used, they tend to be a more direct light on the area where the light is required.

Work Area Lighting

Wherever your working area may be, it is crucial to provide the right working environment. The most important type of work area lighting which should be considered is the task light. In most cases, the task light is a desk lamp, but with technology developing new ways to light different areas, cooler lights are being used to provide a more even spread of lighting around the area. Background lighting should also be considered as work area lighting to make the space as comfortable as possible, as often, people are in this area over a long period of time.

Stairway Lighting

Staircase lighting is extremely important when it comes to creating a mood and setting within any residential environment. Different lighting effects set different moods of the whole building as it leads you from one space to another. Sometimes the lighting can be very subtle or sometimes it can be very dramatic. The Staircase is the spine of the house, therefore choosing lighting can be difficult as it affects the whole house.

Asco Lights are a professionally qualified Lighting Design & Consultancy company that have expertise in helping you create the perfect atmosphere and setting for your home. Having that extra help make all the difference. When it comes to creating Staircase lighting, there are many different options available.

Feature lights, chandeliers, discreet lighting, LED star lights, Plaster in LED stair lights, concealed linear straw lighting solutions, wall lights and many other options such as indirect LED wall lights which can create very subtle effects. It is all about creating different layers of lighting with the hallway areas.

Hallway lights can add a real majestic feel to your home. Having them presented above the staircase and hanging down through the stairs allows for close lighting detail throughout the staircase and is aesthetically pleasing for the client to see.

Having these lights in particular are especially beneficial if you have contemporary taste. They add a luxury feel to the home without creating too much of a cramped feel.

We have worked on many projects where we have had to add luxury lighting to stairways. Clients how expressed their importance of stairway lighting as when they enter their home, its one of the first things they see. So as lighting specialists, we met customer needs and created amazing customer satisfaction within these builds. Sourcing luxury LED solutions to match the description of the clients preferences.

Garden Lighting

The importance of exterior lighting measures as important as interior lighting. When designing the lighting for an external landscape or garden, as lighting specialists, we always consider these environments to be an extension of the indoors.

This means that our ideas and strategic proposals for exterior lighting reflect the same attention to detail as our interior lighting projects. When viewed from inside the home after dark, exterior gardens and landscapes should become inviting and welcoming and lighting plays the centre stage role in achieving this.

With over 20 years of lighting experience, we are extremely proud of our project outcomes and our landscape & garden designs that we believe are truly fascinating and will enhance any exterior project.

Asco Lights have worked on numerous garden projects, both commercial and residential. For commercial builds it is vital to have the correct garden lighting as customers/residents of these areas want to have an appealing and approachable exterior setting where it looks aesthetically pleasing but they also feel safe.

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Task lighting is an essential type of lighting which is important in preventing eye strain. It provides focus on the task. Task lighting is different depending on what tasks are being undertaken. For different tasks, different task lights are used

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Concealed Lighting Hints & Tips

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Background Lighting Hints & Tips

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As it is often said, the first impression is the last impression. Creating a warm welcoming feeling to guests when approaching your home is important as it determines the mood. To create a more welcoming approach, lights should be used

Dining Area Lighting Hints & Tips

Dining areas can be used as a relaxed environment, whether it being for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the dining area also acts as a sociable environment. The key aim for the dining area lighting is to focus light onto the

Kitchen Lighting Hints & Tips

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Gardens are increasingly becoming multi-functional spaces that add to people’s living experience. Within these space, whether you are dealing with sculptures, water features, patios or paths, each element needs to be carefully considered and given its own lighting treatment in

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Homeowners spend lots of time choosing a sofa or paint colour for their living room walls, but often forget about the importance of proper lighting. In a space where there is many different activities taking place, lighting needs to serve

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