A sitting room is an area where you can relax, read, watch television and congregate with friends and family. In order to do all of these things in one room, you will need a special sitting room lighting design from ILD. This design will create multiple layers of light with user friendly controls that allow you to match your lighting to the moods and activities of the moment.
Low level lighting is the best way to relax after a hard day’s work. It provides enough visibility for movement, but it avoids over-stimulation of the nervous system. Low level lighting can be achieved with a number of decorative and concealed fixtures. The design is planned first, and then the fixtures are chosen to fulfill the design.
Lighting controls, such as Lutron RadioRa2 are then installed with hand-held remotes or keypads that allow you to adjust the lighting levels in the room. You can adjust single fixture light levels, or light levels for entire groups of fixtures, until you get the ideal blend of light for watching TV, taking a short nap, or having a conversation with a loved one.
If you want low level lighting in most of the room, but a brighter light for reading, this too can be incorporated into your sitting room lighting design. Many different lamps can be matched to your interior décor to provide an aesthetic compliment to your furnishings.
The common problem people often have with standard lamps is they cast too much light over a seating area that results in glare. This can be overcome by using dimmable lamps that can be adjusted to low-glare levels and bringing overhead recessed lights just above the seating area into a slightly higher intensity. A well designed recessed lighting plan puts two layers of light onto your reading material without blinding your eyes.
Home entertainment also requires special sitting room lighting design to be truly enjoyable. Watching TV in the dark is not good for the eyes. It actually strains the optic nerves. The TV itself, after a while, becomes almost a form of glare. This is why in movie theaters there is never total darkness. Theater lights on the wall provide just enough illumination that people can adjust to the light of the screen and still see the room around them.
A number of decorative wall-mounted and ceiling mounted lights can be similarly used in a den. A person can spend several hours watching cable or movies and never feel fatigue or eyestrain if the light levels are appropriately complimentary to those of the screen.
Accent lighting is the final component to sitting room lighting design. It requires a high level of decorative skills on the part of the lighting consultant to achieve. Its purpose is to use highly specialized lighting fixtures to accent anything in the room that calls for special attention. Custom home lighting plans include all forms of accent lighting such as fine art lighting, custom cabinets, antique desks, display cases, and ceiling coves.
ILD has access to very sophisticated art lighting projectors which can be concealed in the ceiling. We also have access to concealed linear cabinet lights, bookshelf lights, and cove lights to bring all of your room’s special décor to the forefront of attention. We also have all the necessary lighting controls to make all of layers of sitting room lighting design work together.
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