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How To Select The Right Lighting For Your Home

February 29, 2024

Whether you're embarking on a full-scale home renovation or simply looking to refresh your space, lighting plays a crucial role in setting the ambiance and functionality of your home. From creating a cozy atmosphere in the living room to enhancing productivity in the home office, the right lighting can transform any space. This is why it’s essential to take your time in making your decision so that you can be happy with the outcome.

At Generation Construction, we’ve worked with many homeowners, helping them select the right lighting for their projects - whether entire home renovations or room updates. In this blog post, we'll explore five key considerations to help you select the perfect lighting solutions for your home.

1. Determine the Purpose:

Before selecting lighting fixtures, it's essential to consider the purpose of each room. Are you looking to create a warm, inviting atmosphere in the living room, or do you need task lighting for the kitchen? 

Understanding the intended function of the space will guide your lighting choices. For example, recessed lighting or pendant lights work well for task-oriented areas like the kitchen, while chandeliers or wall sconces add elegance to formal dining rooms or entryways.

2. Consider the Room Size and Layout:

The size and layout of the room play a significant role in determining the type and placement of lighting fixtures. In smaller rooms, consider space-saving options like flush-mount or semi-flush-mount fixtures to provide ample illumination without overwhelming the space. 

For larger rooms, such as open-concept living areas, layering different types of lighting, such as ambient, task, and accent lighting, can create depth and visual interest.

Pro tip: When planning for a renovation, an addition or building a custom home, we also recommend putting together an electrical plan. This plan should include elevations of light fixtures, locations and sizing of the fixtures, as it will help with picking the right lighting, the right distances in a room and putting the switches in the right places. 

3. Choose the Right Bulbs:

Selecting the right bulbs is crucial for achieving the desired lighting effect and energy efficiency. LED bulbs are a popular choice for their longevity and energy-saving benefits. Warm-toned LEDs are ideal for creating a cozy atmosphere in living spaces, while daylight or cool-toned LEDs work well for task-oriented areas like the kitchen or home office. 

Additionally, consider the bulb's brightness (measured in lumens) and colour rendering index (CRI) to ensure optimal lighting quality.

4. Match the Lighting Style to Your Home's Aesthetic:

Your lighting fixtures should complement your home's overall style and decor. For a modern and minimalist aesthetic, consider sleek and understated fixtures like track lighting or pendant lights with clean lines. 

If your home boasts a more traditional or vintage-inspired look, opt for fixtures with ornate details and finishes like brass or bronze. Feel free to mix and match different styles to create a cohesive and personalized lighting scheme.

5. Seek Professional Installation:

While selecting lighting fixtures is an exciting part of the home renovation process, it's crucial to ensure proper installation to maximize safety and functionality. Hiring a professional contractor like Generation Construction ensures that your lighting is installed correctly and in accordance with building codes. 

Professional installation also allows for custom solutions tailored to your home's unique layout and electrical needs, ensuring optimal performance and longevity for your lighting fixtures.

As you embark on your home renovation journey, don't overlook the importance of lighting in enhancing your home's aesthetic and functionality. By considering factors such as the room's purpose, size, bulb selection, and matching the lighting style to your home's aesthetic, you can create a truly transformative lighting scheme that elevates every room. 

And remember, for a seamless and professional renovation, we can help! Contact us today to see how we can help you illuminate your home and bring your vision to life.

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