Creating your home lighting plan requires absolutely no technical knowledge and no upfront costs. You do not have to buy “How To” books on home lighting design or take a night class. There are resources all around you that are free and readily available that will show you exactly what you need to do and how you need to go about planning lighting in a new home construction or remodeling project. Start with the basics, and let your own mind and creativity take it from there.
Making a wish list is the best way to start a lighting plan.
By this I do not mean writing a list of fixtures, lamps, and mounts. Instead, list the colors and levels of light you want in each room in your house. List also the most important areas, objects, and decorations you want illuminated. Think too about the potential to combine several layers of light onto one another to create moods and special effects. If you are building a new home, or remodeling your own, tour some model homes that appeal to your liking and see how their house lighting plans are laid out. Add whatever strikes you to your wish list, and go from there.
If you cannot conveniently tour a home, look at online photographs of home interiors and thumb through home decorating magazines.
Home decorative magazines can furnish you with a wealth of information on how to plan a home lighting design. Because they are by nature artistic, they are excellent places to find inspiration for creative ideas of your own. Getting a h3 inner sense of your own creativity and forming a clear mental picture of what you can do in your home is the first step to learning how to plan decorative and fine art lighting.
You do not have to spend any money to do this, either. Simply pick up any home or interior decorating magazine and take a few mental snapshots of what you see. Your own mind will add and subtract from these pictures and work toward forming something uniquely personal to you.
Meeting with your architect will help you plan a more personal lighting system for your new home.
We recommend you visit a professional architect so he or she can become acquainted with you as a person and get a feel for your expectations and personal lifestyle. Architects often plan home lighting from a neutral, purely functional perspective, going with what works best in terms of general lighting, lighting regulatory compliance, and the basics of energy savings. However, if you let your architect know what your preferences are in terms of lifestyle, relaxation, and daily routines, it will add depth and personalization to the lighting design plan and help fulfill your expectations prior to build out.
Meeting with the builder who constructs or remodels your home will help you plan for more advanced lighting design and controls should you ever desire them.
It is always a good idea to meet with the person who is actually building your home. This individual is ultimately responsible for installing the physical recessed and decorative home lighting fixtures you agreed upon with your architect, and seeing how the builder installs these fixtures will help you get a better picture of what is actually going into your home and what you might want to consider upgrading or expanding at a later date. With a clear understanding of the luminaires in your kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom, and den, you will better understand how to plan home lighting upgrades and control systems if you ever want to consider specialty lighting or automation services in the future.
Call a professional lighting design firm if you need more information on how to plan lighting.
Most firms such as ours are always willing to offer a reasonable amount of help to you over the phone. It is part of our complimentary consultation we offer to every person who is genuinely interested in our services. If you get stuck along the way, or need insight into more sophisticated lighting equipment than you can find on the general market, we have a great deal we can offer you along both lines. Please contact us today toll free at 800-863-1184 with any questions.
Does Illuminations provide additional services other than lighting design?
Yes, each specialized area of service is staffed with outstanding experts that understand the impact their efforts have on your home. No other lighting firm is able to provide such a well-rounded service line or a more informative Lighting & Home Automation Blog. But do not just take our word for it. Just ask Lance Armh3, George W. Bush, or dozens of other commercial clients or residential clients, large and small clientele, across the great State of Texas who have enjoyed our lighting services.
Contact us at 713-863-1133 and let the professional lighting designers at ILD create a home lighting plan for you!