It can be very frustrating after you have re-designed a room, to discover that the lighting is just not right. Bad lighting can not only ruin the aesthetic of an entire room, it can actually have negative impacts on your health. These include:
- Headaches from straining your eyes
- Tripping hazard in poorly lit areas
- Neck and shoulder pain (poor task lighting in your work area)
- Depression (in gloomy lighting)
Types of Lighting
Many lighting issues are caused by not understanding that there should be more than one layer of lighting. Ambient lighting is the general lighting layer that gives your room adequate illumination. Accent light is the second layer and is used for decorative purpose, say to highlight architectural details. Task lighting provides punches of light in the areas like the kitchen or den, where you will need to see in greater detail.
Fixing Lighting Issues
Luckily, even if you weren’t able to plan out the lighting as carefully as everything else in the room, there are ways to fix bad lighting. Bad lighting often comes in a variety of two issues, not enough light so you start to feel like a cave dweller or too much light that leaves you wondering when the interrogator will make an appearance.
Problem: Lighting in a room is just uncomfortable, although you aren’t sure why.
Solution: Use all three layers of lighting to resolve. Lighting should all be used to create a well-lit space, with options that allow for easy changing. For instance, using dimmers gives you detailed control over light levels at different times of the day.
Problem: A dark, cavernous bathroom
Solution: A vanity light is not sufficient to light an entire bathroom. Use more than one light. Recessed lights or wall lights can provide light for the rest of the bathroom and give you an opportunity to introduce some dramatic lighting effects.
Problem: Insufficient lighting in some areas of the kitchen.
Solution: Undercabinet lighting is essential for task lighting in a kitchen. You can focus on small functional areas or increase lighting overall by lining the bottom of the cabinets with lighting that doubles as accent lighting when the kitchen isn’t being used. Styles range from basic puck lights to integrated systems that can include outlets or Bluetooth control.
Problem: The light is too small or large for the space.
Solution: If you fell in love with a fixture and put it up without consideration for the rest of your decor, you have some tough decisions to make. Either you change all your furnishing to match the light, or you go out and buy the right fixture for the space. Don’t leave this unaddressed. The wrong lighting can make a room seem smaller or cheapen its appearance.
The Magic of Wall Lights
Wall Lights are usually accent lighting, but they can be widely used to fix low ambient lighting issues, and they won’t interfere with task lighting over a desk or craft table. Wall lights highlight and create drama. For example, if you have an oversized antique mirror and are using awkward sconces that leave the area in the dark, not to worry. Long wall lighting styles complement the mirror and provide valuable light. Some of these leave an hourglass shape on the wall or scatter dramatic patterns.
Tip: Accent lighting can be used to highlight your favourite artwork, or architectural elements in your home. Make this type of lighting brighter than the surrounding light.
Now, you are armed with the ugly truths about lighting problems in your home and know what you need to do to fix the issues. Fingers crossed they work for you!