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Looking to create a favorable lighting yet still have enough wattage to see what you're doing?
Lighting arrangement is both art and a science. Our homes flourish when we choose the right mix of lighting. Well-placed lights can highlight the room's best component and help us focus on what we are doing. In other words, depending on placement and then spacing, well-placed lights can transform a room.
When it comes to lighting basics, spacing depends on the type of bulb wattage being used, the desired amount of lighting and the size of the room, with emphasis on the height of the ceiling. With the proper combination, it can provide a practical function and airy fashion. If you are building a new home or having a major renovation a detailed plan in lighting will help you save money in a long run.
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Lighting Size & Placement Guide
How Large Should Your Fixture Be?
When deciding on the size of the fixture, the primary factor to consider is THE AVAILABLE SPACE.
In The Center Of A Room
Measure the length and width of the room and add those numbers together. To achieve a balanced look in the room, the diameter of your fixture should be one-twelfth of that size.
Over A Table
The diameter of your fixture should be 12 inches less than the width of the table, to avoid bumping heads.
Where and How High Should It Go?
Not only will a proper placement of your light fixture enhance the room decor, it will allow maximum illumination of the room. The ideal location for your fixture varies slightly according to the room it will occupy.
Over The Dining Table
Allow 28-32 inches of space between the table and the lighting fixture.
In The Hallway
The key is to keep the lighting in one's line of sight. Hallways with higher ceilings should utilize lower-hanging ceilings should utilize a lower-hanging light fixture. There should be at least 7 ft clearance between the floor and lighting fixture.
Above A Kitchen Island
Lighting over a kitchen island is imperative for safety (in food prep) as well as aesthetics. A contemporary trend is to install a trio of pendants over the island.
Fixtures should be placed 72 inches above the floor or 28-32 inches above the countertop.
Lighting fixtures should be high enough so that occupants of the area won't have to stare directly into the lights.
Clearance between the bottom of the fixture and height of the tallest occupant should be 18 to 24 inches.
In The Middle Of A Room
Most rooms call for a 7 ft clearance between the light fixture and the floor. However, if placed above a coffee table or other piece of furniture, a light fixture can be hung lover because there is no risk of walking into it.
In The Bedroom
The standard height for a light fixture in the bedroom is 7 feet from the floor. If you are hanging the fixture directly above the bed, make sure that when you kneel on the bed the fixture is at least 6 inches above your head.
In The Bathroom
A popular choice for bathroom lighting is sconces, traditionally placed on both sides of the mirror. A more recent twist is to use pendants in much the same way as sconces. Since these fixtures will be used as task lighting (for daily grooming purposes) rather than ambient lighting, they should be placed at eye level – at least 60* off the floor – and spaced at least 28* apart. Generally, sconces and pendants are not the only source of light in the room.
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