When it comes to choosing lighting for your Lauderdale By The Sea remodeling project, there are lots of decisions for you to make. Sometimes these decisions can be easy and sometimes they can be overwhelming. As we always tell our clients, nothing is too difficult if you have a plan in place. In a home there are several areas that require lighting including: the dining room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, hallway, den, foyer, and patio. It is always best to start with a lighting plan for your home that is essentially a floor plan with the various areas and your lighting needs for the specific locations. This will help you get started with making your lighting selections.
Lighting needs for a Lauderdale By The Sea condo is different than lighting needs for a Lauderdale By The Sea single family home with tall ceilings. Understanding the space and style of the various lighting in each space is important as you embark upon your journey. Typically ceilings in a home are 8 feet high, this matters when you are choosing certain lighting fixtures and planning the space. In a condo bathroom remodel project, sometimes, ceilings have to drop in certain areas to accommodate the AC ducts in the ceiling. In this instance the type of lighting really matters because of limited clearance in the ceiling areas in certain locations. You need to be aware of this when making lighting selections for these areas.
A few basic questions that you should keep in mind when planning your lighting needs for your Lauderdale By The Sea home include the following:
1. What type of lighting typically works best in a specific room?
You may think that this is an easy one, but when you consider that there are at least 7 different types of lighting types it can be a little perplexing to choose which one works best.
The seven different types of lighting types include the following:
- Flush mount – Great for all areas of the house, with the exception of the dining room
- Pendant – Great for kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, dining room
- Chandelier – Great for dining, living room, bathroom, bedroom
- Sconce – Great for dining, living room, bathroom, hall, bedroom
- Semi-Flush – Great for kitchen, living room, bathroom, hall, bathroom, garage
- Mini-Pendant – Great for kitchen and bath
- Linear/Island – Great for Kitchen, dining and bath
Considering there are typically 7 – 9 areas for lighting in home including: Kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, bedroom, closet, hallway, laundry, and sometimes a garage area. Yes there are lots of places for lighting in your home. You need a little cheat sheet on which type of lighting works best in a given area.
2. How Much lighting will I need for this room?
Determining how much light you will need for a room can be very subjective. However there is a rule of thumb in the industry that gives you a way to make this more objective. There is a formula that takes the square footage of a room and multiplies it by 40. You may be thinking that the 40 represents wattage, but it does not. This formula allows you to calculate the lumens needed for a particular room. Take for example a room that is 10 feet x 15 feet. The square footage of this room would be 150 square feet, You would multiply the 150 x 40 to get 6000 lumens.
3. What will you be doing in this room in your home?
What you will be doing in this room in your home is important for selecting your lighting fixture. If you are choosing kitchen lighting or lighting for a dining area, the room will need a lot of light. If you are planning a bedroom, bourbon room or a tv room, you will require a lot less light for the room.
Click on the following to read more:
Lighting 101 Basics – Kichler
Lighting 101 – Kathy Kuo Home
LED Lighting 101 – Ylighting
Lighting 101 Understanding the Basics – Destination Lighting
Lumens and Lighting Facts – Energy.Gov
Wattage vs. Lumens – Solar Electric Power Company
Lighting 101: Lumens vs. Wattage – Larson Electronics