Over the last few years, a lot of big discoveries have been made when it comes to light science. The human body is hardwired to react in different ways to different kinds of light, most of which are found within nature. For example, when light starts to become dimmer and yellowish in hue, you will start to feel drowsy. As it gets brighter and white, though, it will be hard to sleep at all. The power which this can have over your body is huge, and there are ways to use it to your advantage around the home. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring a range of different types of light, along with the use cases which they are perfect for.
Single Ceiling Fixtures: This is possibly the most common form of light found in most homes. Usually sitting as close to the center of the ceiling as possible, these fixtures support a single light bulb, and are hardwired into the home’s electrical system. You will be able to use dimmable bulbs with them, but will have to make sure that you have the right kind of switch and wiring to support it.
Given that these are in most homes, it makes sense that these light fittings are good for most jobs. They can effectively fill a room with light, making it feel like daytime, while also being nice and cheap to run. Of course, though, while these lights are very useful, they can often provide an artificial feel which a lot of people don’t like very much. It’s rare that light will come from directly above you in the natural world.
Large Ceiling Fixtures: Ceiling lights don’t stop with single bulb options, though, and these sorts of fixtures can often be adapted to support a whole load more. Some of these options have long wires with bulbs at the ends, and others keep them all together, giving you a huge range of different choices when you’re choosing something like this. Like a dimmable system, you may have to spend some time to make sure that your home can support the extra power draw.
Having more than one bulb can be great in large or strangely shaped rooms. For example, in a corridor with several alcoves, it could be hard to keep the entire space lit. To help with this, having bulbs at each alcove would make it much easier to see. Of course, though, these aren’t only for practical use, as a lot of people find that they much prefer the way that these sorts of fittings look compared to the smaller alternatives.
LED Ceiling Lights: Nowadays, a lot of people are moving away from the traditional lights which are often found in homes, choosing to go for something unique. LED ceilings lights come in a huge array of shapes, sizes, and styles, not being limited by the size and heat output of a normal bulb. The can be set into the ceiling, making them almost invisible when they are turned off. These are getting much cheaper as time goes on.
These sorts of lights are designed for people looking to make a statement in their home, giving you the chance to take control of the way your lighting looks. This makes them best in modern buildings which will benefit from industrial-feeling design. While there are a lot of choices out there for these lights, it will be worth doing some research before you commit to anything, as a lot of companies work to make their products very cheaply.
String/Rope Lights: Not all lights have to be a permanent part of the room, and you have a lot of options when it comes to the lights you can have around the place. Rope lights a comprised of a long wire which is dotted with bulbs from start to finish. Using a string light dimmer, the whole group can be controlled together, being might brighter or dimmer with the touch of a button. This, coupled with their portability, makes these sorts of lights very popular.
In most cases, rope lights are used in outdoor situations, where they benefit from providing a lot more light than a single lamp. Creating an ambient feel, a lot of people will love the quality this gives their outdoor space, and it’s easy to see why. You can find lights like these in loads of different stores, and they often come in at very reasonable prices. Of course, though, it will be worth doing some research with these, too.
Small Lamps: Table lamps have been one of the most popular options for indoor lighting for a long time. In fact, in reality, these are the closest thing you’ll find to the traditional candle or oil lantern, and shows how long they have been in use. You don’t need anything special to run something like this, with the newest examples being able to run from batteries, instead of having to be plugged into the mains.
Even when they’re using the same bulb, a light like this will always struggle to throw out the same amount of light as something which is on the ceilings. This makes them more suitable for ambient and spot lighting than anything else, and they often find their home on bedside tables and desks. You can often change the look for a piece like this by simply changing the shade which came with it.
Floor Lamps: In some rooms, when you have the right amount of space, a lamp can make a beautiful piece of furniture. Floor lamps are designed in a very similar way to their smaller cousins, but will have a much longer shaft for their wires to go through. Instead of needing a table to sit on, a lamp like this will happily support itself. You can find these lights at almost any price point, making them ideal for those on a budget.
A floor lamp is best used when you have enough space for it to be shown off. For this reason, they are most often found in bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms, giving these spaces the chance to be lit without using something overhead. In some cases, these lamps will have more than one bulb, and will be very effective when it comes to filling a room. Of course, though, you might need a couple of them working together to match the larger lights on the ceiling.
RGB: There are loads of different types of light fitting and lamp you can buy for your home. Nowadays, though, this isn’t the only choice you have to make, as colour can be very important, too. Over the last few years, research has shown that white lights are much more natural and easier for your eyes to cope with. Thankfully, along with this research, there are a lot of modern tools to help you.
RGB stands for red, green, and blue; the three primary colors. With these three, you are able to create all of the colors humans are able to perceive, and lights can take advantage of this. Using LEDs, they can give you the power to choose the way a room feels with the click of a button. For example, if you have someone coming over for a steamy date, you could choose a romantic reddish hue to make the place feel right.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start looking at the lights in your home in a different way. While this is primarily a tool, and most people will look at it that way, light is a great device when used correctly in interior design. To get some further help, it could be worth reading a couple more posts about the wonder world of illumination.