Rule of Thumb: Choosing The Correct Lighting 

Light bulb on table

Lighting makes all of the difference of the ambiance in a room, but there are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind when choosing lighting sources for your room.
There are three basic types of lighting to keep in mind: ambient, accent, and task. 
Ambient is the overhead lighting which brightens up most of the room. This is what provides an even light throughout the space. 
Accent lighting is used when creating different focal points. This would be something like a strip of track lighting to showcase some beautiful artwork, or perhaps you have lighting underneath of your kitchen cabinets or open shelving. 
Task lighting is all in its name, this is lighting which helps you to complete a task. For instance, a table light on a desk or lighting over your kitchen sink. 
Some basic principals of lighting:
  • For the optimal appeal in your room, use all three type of lighting. Layering these light sources allows you to set the mood and create the most inviting space.
  • Anytime that you can add a dimmer switch, do it! The ability to change the intensity of the light source brings your ambiance in the room to the next level.
  • The general rule is task lighting should be 3 times brighter than your ambient source to avoid eye strain. 
  • If you don’t currently have recessed lighting, you may want to create your ambient light source by adding pendant lights or a floor lamp that casts light onto the ceiling. Another alternative would be a chandelier or flush ceiling light. 
  • When choosing a table lamp that is going to be placed next to a chair, the bottom of the shade should line up with your eye level. 
  • When choosing a lighting source for your bedside table, have the bottom of the shade line up with your chin when sitting up in your bed. You must keep this in mind so the unshaded light doesn’t go directly into your eyes causing strain. 
  • Balance the size of your lamp with the size of the shade and the table that it is going on.  
  • Floor lamps are great in corners or for cramped places where you don’t have enough space for a side table. Make sure that you find a floor lamp with some kind of light diffuser underneath, you don’t want to be sitting on your sofa with the light bulb glaring down at you. 
  • When choosing a table lamp, you should combine the lamp measurements with the table, the two should equal between 58-64” in height. 

Also, keep in mind that the type of light bulb that you use and it’s Kalvin temperature can change the whole look of a room as well.

If you feel overwhelmed, or don’t have the time to research, give OPO Interiors a call. We will help you to find the best lighting available for your room and budget. (443) 812-1806