The best type of lighting for the home is a professional lighting system that creates multiple layers of light in every room. The home should be treated as a unity of form, with different types of light serving different purposes both within and without its structure. A lighting control system is also necessary to operate this sophisticated blend of light. It allows gives you the ability to manipulate any fixture, group of fixtures, or entire layers of light with the push of a button.
Layers of lighting for the home are necessary to make forms look multi-dimensional. Contrary to popular opinion, lighting is much more than light. It is very much a blend of color, light, shadow, and feature. You have to look at a professional home lighting design very closely to see what we mean by this. Typical room lighting in the average home is all too bright and tends to “flatten” forms when it is turned on. Professional lighting, on the other hand, brings out the dimensions and colors of forms by placing shadows around or behind them, and just the right amount of light on them.
Professionally designed lighting for the home is also conscious of practicality. There has to be a layer of general room lighting for visibility. However, the human eye needs far less light to see than we have been taught to believe. Light for moving through living rooms, hallways, kitchens, and dining rooms can be dim enough to feel comfortable and still give you plenty of illumination to safely walk through the room. If you need brighter light for reading, kitchen work, or certain types of housework, we also add a layer of task lighting that you can turn up or down at will using your lighting control system.
The decorative aspect of professional lighting for the home is no less important than the function it performs. Most Houstonians who invest in a home lighting system of this magnitude have considerable money to spend. Consequently, they have already invested heavily in a fine home with exquisite furnishings. Either they are upgrading its look with a new interior design, or they are adding lighting design services to an exquisite exterior design they had done by one of our premier local interior decorators.
Accent lighting layers for home interior design are placed in key places to bring out the rich textures, forms, colors, and nuances of the decorator’s work. These accent lights can be anything from special cove lighting, antique cabinet lighting, or special display lighting. Other accents may be placed in hallways using special fixtures light like decorative wall sconces. Kitchens can be accented with pendant lights. Dining rooms can be made magnificent with dimmable chandeliers.
Fine art lighting for the home should be done with concealed fixtures that operate with special lights that will not harm rare oils or delicate canvases. They must be adjustable as well to precisely complement the individuality of each piece they showcase. ILD’s team of art lighting experts has access to such equipment and over three decades of experience installing for Houstonians who want museum quality lighting in the comfort of their own home.
If you are interested in learning more about professional lighting design services from Illuminations Lighting Design we invite you to contact us at 713-863-1133 in Houston. Customers outside Houston are encouraged to use our toll free number 800-863-1184 or request a consultation online.