HGTV Designer Dvira Ovadia on Choosing the Right Lighting
Lighting is the subtle detail that adds ambiance to any room. When the lighting is right, everyone feels at ease and looks their best. Additionally, when furnishing, decor and flooring is illuminated correctly, further enhancing the aesthetic of a room – that’s the result of a well-lit space.
Use Variety of Lighting
Several lighting sources are generally required to give a room the correct ambiance and light: ambient for all-over illumination, accent for drawing attention to a particular object such as a piece of art, and task lighting, for a desk top or under a counter. Using all three in a space often takes careful coordination. At my design firm, we take the functionality and aesthetic of lighting seriously.
A chandelier, hung above a dining room table, may be the only source of ambient light; yet, it may not provide enough light for the entire room. Therefore, additional floor and table lamps are required to light a space.
Choose the Correct Light Bulbs
On HGTV’s Income Property, I have been often faced with choosing the correct lighting for basement apartments. Not only does the lighting have to be beautiful, but also functional and dispense enough light to make the space feel sunny and airy. Light bulbs play a key role in providing that sunny feel. Wattage indicates energy produced, not the amount of light, or lumens, it generates. For instance, a 40-watt incandescent bulb generates 450 lumens, a 60-watt, 800 lumens and a 100-watt bulb, 1,600 lumens. Check your fixtures for the recommended wattage.
Connect with a great retailer to advise and offer product selection. In Toronto, a great city resource is Royal Lighting. If you’re struggling to find the right lighting for your space, call in an expert to shed some light on what does and doesn’t work in your space.
Some of my Design Tips:
1. Consider switching to energy-efficient bulbs, which stay cooler much longer than traditional bulbs. They require less wattage and provide more light.
2. Hang light fixtures 24 to 32 inches above the dining room table, high enough not to block your guests’ view; yet low enough to cast appropriate light. Add a dimmer switch to control the amount of light generated.
3. Older condominiums often lack ambient lighting for all-over illumination. Consider hiring an electrician to add a major light source, or even pot lights for all-over illumination.