Create a Lighting Plan
If you are carrying out a large renovation or overseeing a new build, you're probably pretty familiar with architectural plans. These are vital in order to get a good idea of what the finished project will look like, as well as to ensure planning regulations are complied with. However, creating a separate lighting plan can be extremely useful, allowing you check your building has sufficient illumination before carrying out complex electrical work.
What Lighting Do You Require?
Think carefully about how you use your space to help you decide where to put your lights. A kitchen will need to be brightly lit so you can see to chop food and cook, even in the evenings. A spare room that isn't used often will probably just require a ceiling light and possibly a bedside lamp, but if it is also functioning as a study you will probably need some extra illumination. If you like to read in the evenings you will need to make sure you can do so comfortably, bearing in mind that the older you are, the more light you will require. Think too about the direction of the natural light in your home and what time of day you will be using the space.
Most rooms will have a central ceiling light but you might want to consider adding wall lights, particularly if there is a feature you want to light up to establish a focal point in the room. Adding in a mixture of floor lamps and table lanterns will create a more dynamic interplay of light, as well as allowing you to create a variety of atmospheres.
How to Make a Lighting Plan
If you don't already have a plan (bird's eye) of the room, draw one on some graph paper. Mark all windows, radiators, doors and immovable fixtures. Draw in where any large pieces of furniture will be and use arrows to show the direction of the natural light. Lay a piece of tracing paper on top and then work out where your lights should be. Consider where to place your designer sockets, ensuring you have enough for all your appliances. Make sure your switches are conveniently located, such as by the front door for a hall light. Check all entry and exits points of the property.
Using a diagram to help you plan where to install your fixtures, switches and designer sockets can not only make sure your lighting suits your requirements, but also help you to avoid spending time and money rectifying insufficient or poorly located lights.
If you would like help with your lighting plan Harbro have trained lighting specialists that can ensure no mistakes are made and do free of charge surveys.
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by Gary Hunter