How to Choose Lights for Home?

What unleashes the Elegance of a well-constructed place? Of course, it is the illumination system. Choosing the best lighting sources for homes is highly essential. Lighting has a greater influence on the appearance of the area. Let us see some of the aspects that you should keep in mind while choosing a light:

Home lighting is a very personal thing. It reflects the personality of the occupant and can also affect their mood.

Lights at home are getting more efficient and technologically advanced. One of the most recent developments in this sector is LED lights, which provide more light for less power consumption.

While LED lights have several benefits, they are still expensive to buy and maintain. The costs can be reduced by adopting energy-efficient bulbs or investing in smart light bulbs that can be controlled through an app on your phone or tablet.

Know your options

Lighting enhances the interior design and makes the color of the walls look vibrant. Hence to have a plan in designing the lighting system is often crucial. Whether the lights for reading or the decorative lamps, pre-planning in choosing the right light sources should take place. Lighting can be categorized into three types

  • Ambient lighting: They provide illumination to an entire space. 
  • Accent lighting: These highlight special aspects of the particular area that derives instant attention. 
  • Task lighting: They are used in a confined workspace.

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Choosing the Right Bulb

The important aspects to consider before selecting lights are:

  • Technology
  • Shape and size
  • Brightness
  • Color
  • Dimness

LED lights are far more efficient than primitive types like incandescent bulbs, halogen lights, fluorescent bulbs, etc. The traditional and familiar bulb shape is called GLS(General light service). The measurement used to determine the light output is called lumens. Hence while buying lights, note the lumens to be familiar with the brightness level.

White is the common color used in general lights. Yet white has variations based on the light temperature. Traditional white lights are used in domestic areas to provide a warm appearance. 

Natural and bright white color lights are typically used in offices. Modifying dimness is optional. If you think of the adjustment of brightness, upgrade the lighting system with dimmers.

Let the Room Select its Type

The four foremost key factors to consider when choosing lights are:

  • Location
  • Proportion
  • Ceiling height
  • Style 

But all the factors differ with the change of room. So, let us discuss each aspect of each of your rooms.

Living Room

The largest room in a house is the living room. Most people prefer chandeliers for their living area. The ceiling lamp is the prominent light source of the living room. Don’t hang the lights in extreme heights. To fill the large space, use multiple lights. Multiple sources create different layers of light.

Simply using recessed lights doesn’t provide an appealing ambiance. In the case of recessed lights, turning them off makes the entire room dark and leaves out a dull appearance. 

The multiple sources can be overall lighting used all time, task lighting used for activities like reading for a certain duration of time, and accent or mood lighting. In the case of task lighting, place a floor lamp near furniture. 

Overall lighting can be fulfilled by the installation of large lights like chandeliers. Floor and table lamps serve the purpose of both task and accent illumination. While focusing on the decorative aspects, dimmers can be used to control the lighting manually. 

Using dimmers enables you to adjust the light setting. Since the living room is the area to perform various activities, dimmers are highly effective in modifying lights. For entertaining purposes or occasions, keep high-level lighting. While relaxing, maintain low light levels.

How to Light a Bedroom?

The bedroom is not only meant for sleeping. It is a private space for relaxation. To serve these purposes, use layers of lights. The first layer defines the general room lighting. This can be either recessed lights or overhead lights. Choose ceiling lights that can provide enough brightness throughout the room.

Task lighting in bedrooms is also essential to perform specific activities like reading and writing.

Modern wardrobes are fitted with integrated lights to view the clothes properly. Use adjustable lights near beds and reading tables. 

Placing two combined lights by either side of the mirror produces even brightness. This enables you to view a complete reflection of images clearly without shadows. 

Mood lights make the rooms cozy and inviting. You can also make the general ceiling lights mood lights by using dimmers to adjust the brightness level.

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How to Light a Bathroom?

Wet-rated, damp-rated, and dry-rated lights are specially designed to place in the bathroom areas. The lights should be resistant to wetness and dampness. Render additional care while selecting bathroom lights. 

Dry-rated lights should be located in indoor spaces that are not exposed to condensation. This means they are not placed in the areas with direct contact to steam and water splashes. 

Damp-proof light fixtures are resistant to humid conditions. They can withstand condensation. So these are the most suitable lights for almost all portions of the bathroom. Wet-rated lights are specifically designed to withstand direct contact with water. These are unique fixtures with water-resistant seals to prevent the internal parts. 

Wet-proof recessed lights are popularly used in dark shower areas. Consider safety measures as bathrooms are where our body has direct contact with water. There is a high risk of increased electric shocks. 

Ensure the lights are placed at an unreachable height above the bathtubs to prevent accidental contact. Choose lights to provide adequate brightness near bathroom mirrors while shaving, applying cosmetics, and face washing.

How to Light a Kitchen?

The kitchen is a room with constant functionality. Lighting must be made to perform different activities. Illuminate the countertops for functional task lighting. 

Use under-cabinet lights to brighten the area. Lightbars and puck lights are the common types of under cabinet lighting. Lightbars are professionally used ones that also provide a decent look. In the case of puck lights, place them with adequate space to get consistent brightness. 

Ambient lighting in the kitchen makes it user-friendly. Recessed lights obstructed to the walls fail to provide sufficient brightness to the rest of the kitchen. So use pot lights based on the size of the kitchen and the height of the ceiling to avoid annoying shadows. 

Install the correct pendants above the dining table to prevent shadows and get ideal light. Warm white and daylight white are mostly preferred colors in lighting. 

Deck lighting

Deck-lighting enhances the aspects of the garden. This is standard lighting ranging from high intensity to moderate levels. A series of LED lights are installed on the surface where you can walk safely over it.

Deck lights are to be placed deeper. So choose durable lights which can withstand weather conditions and maintain consistent foot traffic. 


Are LED lights energy efficient?

LED lights are sustainable lighting sources. While compared with primitive lights, LED lights can save energy up to 90%. LEDs lessen electric bills on huge levels. They also emit the least heat.

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How can I light the terrace?

Solar panels are readily available and highly recommended to light the terrace in darkness. LED-wall lamps can also be installed. Lights and lanterns which function on batteries can be placed anywhere in the terrace surrounding. Terraces are often treated as perfect spots for family gatherings and parties. On such occasions, there are a wide variety of ideas for lighting. Vintage string lights can be hungover. Outdoor pendants are wonderful for party decor.

What are electric energy-efficient ways in lighting?

Replace the old model incandescent, and fluorescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED lamps. These systems can sense unnecessary wastage of energy. Use a light control system that can detect the availability of natural light and the presence of humans and other organisms to avoid unwanted lighting.


Lights are the essential components in every home and workspace. Hence, while choosing lights, one should be cautious about the lights’ power consumption, durability, and efficiency. Every room in a house requires a unique type of lighting. For creating a relaxing atmosphere, bedrooms are to be lighted with soothing and dimmable lights. To enable active functionality, specific lighting should be installed in kitchens. Bathrooms are electric shock-prone areas, so install lights resistant to water and humidity.

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Rostislav Shetman is the founder of 9Kilo Moving. He has been in the moving and relocation industry for more than 25 years, making him an expert in his field. Rostislav started as a helper, dispatcher and driver and has worked his way up to owning his own company. He takes great pride in his work and enjoys helping people relocate across the United States of America. When he's not working, Rostislav enjoys spending time with his family and friends. They are the light of his life and bring him happiness every day.