Design, light levels and light temperature are all key
We talk a lot about a room’s natural light, but what about the supplementary lighting design that will take you through the hours and seasons when “natural” is harder to come by?
Usually lighting is one of the last things people undertake when designing a home or renovation, but ideally it should be considered from the beginning, says Stefanie Neal, with Norburn Lighting and Bath, which has been providing quality lighting and plumbing fixtures and expert advice for 70 years.
“People will spend a lot of money on the construction and design, but if you don’t light it properly, the space won’t look as good or work as well as it should,” Neal explains.
With the right lighting plan in place, the right fixtures are also key – fixtures that reflect the design and setting.
Perhaps you want to create a statement in the room – think dramatic foyer light fixture, unique pendants over an island, or shimmering chandelier in a spa-like ensuite. Or maybe you’d rather the fixtures “disappear” to allow full enjoyment of outside views.
No matter what your design goals, an experienced lighting professional can help you choose the perfect fixture for your space.
“You really need the right light fixtures to pull it all together,” Neal says, noting that Norburn staff are certified ALA Lighting Specialists, many with more than 20 years of experience.
What should you consider before creating a lighting plan and selecting your fixtures?
- First, think about how you’ll use the space, Neal suggests. Do you need task lighting for reading or sewing, for example, or accent lighting to create a relaxing environment.
- Second, who will be using the space? “Because our eyes change as we get older, when we light a space, we’ll do it differently for a 70-year-old than a 30-year-old,” Neal says. “Light levels and light colour temperature are all important when you’re lighting a space.”
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Beyond their expertise in creating the ideal lighting design for your space, working with established lighting professionals gives you the added confidence of knowing that any follow-up questions or concerns will be quickly answered. After all, there’s a reason the award-winning Norburn Lighting and Bath has earned a well-deserved reputation for industry-leading customer service!
And all that expertise doesn’t have to come at a premium price, with competitive pricing on established, quality brands including Schonbek, WAC, Kichler, Emerson fans, Kendal and Hudson Valley, plus a great selection of Energy Star CFL and LED lamps and components.
You’ll also find kitchen and bath fixtures from Grohe, Aquabrass and Riobel, Kohler, Duravit and other leading brands.