The 5 Step Process to Planning Task Lighting

Think of the lighting in your home for a minute. Is your dining room brighter than your bedroom? Do you have lights around your bathroom mirror? Do you use lamps in some rooms and overhead lights in others? In most homes, lighting is about more than taking away darkness. Specific lighting styles serve specific functions. 

For instance, in the kitchen you want there to be enough light for you to see the food you are cooking. Conversely, in the bedroom you might want to keep things dim to help you relax. This is called task lighting, and it basically refers to lighting that performs a certain task – like creating ambiance, or keeping burglars off your property.

Making sure you have the right light for the right task takes some planning. We have put together this 5 step guide to make it easy for you.

Step 1 – Determine Your Goals

What specific task do you want to accomplish with your lighting? Are you going for high-visibility, or intimate ambiance? Does the lighting in this space have a single purpose, or will it need to fulfill multiple goals? Identify exactly what mood you want to create. To get yourself thinking, write out a list of adjectives describing your ideal space.

Step 2 – Understand Your Resources

Unless you want to take on a big remodeling project, you will need to work with the electrical resources you already have in place. What light fixtures are in the room already? Where are the outlets located, and how is the room wired? It can help to draw yourself a diagram, and if necessary consult an electrician. Once you have these important details established, you know what kind of boundaries you have to work within.

Step 3 – Examine the Space

Remember that lighting is affected by all the things around it. A room with dark paint will take more light to appear bright. Look at your walls, your furniture, and any other design elements that are already in the space. Think about how they will complement, and complicate, the lighting task you are trying to achieve.

Step 4 – Identify New Products 

Can you create the lighting scheme you want with your existing fixtures and incandescent bulbs, or will you need to upgrade to something different? Do some research about new lighting technologies like LEDs. You may find that the flexibility and functionality of advanced light sources like LED makes it easier to accomplish your goals.

Step 5 – Experiment with Options

It’s never easy to accurately imagine how a lighting scheme will look. Once you start setting things up, try pointing light in different directions, using bulbs with different lumen ratings, or adding colored light. You might find that your original goals are better served with an approach you had never imagined. Ideally, you are using a light source that you can adapt and change with ease.

Good luck with your project! We hope your space shines exactly the way you had pictured it.

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