At which stage do I start planning and choosing light fittings for my home?
If your home is still in shell form, that is the best way to plan ahead and prepare what type of lights and consider the effect you would like to have, especially if you are planning to have wall or floor recessed lights. In this case, you would need to discuss this with your electrician and provide him with the outer cases for the recessed installation, so that they can be set and mounted into the wall or floor with the electricity services that your electrician is working on.
Do I go for a warm white or cool white light?
Normally for kitchen, study rooms and wash rooms we recommend natural light with a colour temperature of 4000K (day light). For other rooms, especially those in which we are most likely to relax, such as the living and dining rooms, bedrooms and even bathrooms, I always recommend warm white light with a colour temperature of 3000K, as this type of light adds a warm and welcoming atmosphere to our homes. For the bathroom mirror light, natural light can also be used but this depends on one’s preferences.
Do I have to match all the lights in an open plan or can I mix and match?
No, it is not necessary to install the same light fitting in an open plan area. Today, European manufacturers offer the possibly of the same family of lights with different options. For example, a chandelier with a matching ceiling light, pendant, floor light, table lamp, as well as wall lights. In this way, we can introduce diversity in the light fittings in a room which complement each other since they are from same family.
How do I choose energy saving lighting which gives me the right amount of light that I need?
Choosing energy saving lighting is very easy today, as they are very popular. The most common type of energy saving lighting use LED bulbs which are of high quality and offer a long lasting lifespan. Purchasing them is still on the high side when it comes to their price but it is important to note that LEDs use only 10% of the energy used by a regular bulb (6w = 50w). Another popular energy saving bulb is the compact fluorescent lamp that is calculated to use 20% energy of normal standard bulb (20w = 100w) but this type sometimes takes a few seconds to brighten up.
How can I improve the energy efficiency of my home when choosing light fittings?
Always look for energy saving products that either run on compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or LED lamps. Some decorative light fittings today are also equipped with halogen lamps that are under the ECO list but this type of lamp (halogen) is not energy saving as CFL and LED are as they only offer around 65% of savings(33w = 50w).
Joseph Camilleri is the Managing Director of Spot On Supplies Ltd.
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