Luxury Home Design: The Art of Illuminating Your New Home
Posted On May 22, 2017
When you’re building a new home – or even renovating an existing one, for that matter – it’s easy to take the lighting for granted. Homeowners can spend countless hours obsessing over their home’s design features, from the paint scheme and wallpaper designs to the best furniture styling for each room. However, they often end up neglecting the importance of well-planned lighting.
It’s easy to understand why this issue is so often overlooked. After all, lighting is something that we usually take for granted. That’s because well-planned lighting design complements the interior without drawing attention to itself. When lighting is well executed, you hardly give it a second thought.
But when your interior lighting is poorly planned, all sorts of things can go wrong:
- Rooms feel uncomfortable when the lights are too dim or too bright.
- Bathrooms appear dingy.
- Annoying shadows darken kitchen worktops.
- Living spaces feel cramped or unusually large, depending on how the lighting is arranged.
- Feature walls, wall hangings and other design considerations fail to achieve the desired effect.
- Hallways and corridors end up uncomfortably bright.
The reality is that we humans are incredibly sensitive to light – be it too much or too little. A good lighting designer understands this and knows how to avoid these problems.
3 Important Roles Lighting Planning Plays in the Home
We all understand the fundamental role that lighting plays: it illuminates your home’s interior. But good lighting planning also accomplishes several other objectives. Here are three important roles that lighting planning plays in the home:
1. Well-planned lighting consumes less energy.
According to YourHome (published by the Australian government to promote more environmentally sustainable homes) lighting consumes 6% of the average home’s total energy consumption (not just electricity). Another way of framing this is that the lights in your home account for 8-15% of the monthly energy bill. Who wouldn’t like to reduce their energy bill by double-digit percentage points? Well-planned lighting can help you do just that.
2. New regulations in Australia makes better planning necessary.
Following on from the previous point, we should also note that the Australian government has released progressively stricter regulations limiting the amount of electricity that can be used for lighting in newly built houses. These regulations are passed down by the Australian Building Codes Board, and as a general rule, they stipulate that no more than 5 watts of lighting be used per square metre. Considering that the average halogen light consumes 40-50 watts – it’s relatively easy to exceed the government-mandated limits.
3. Well-planned lighting looks better.
The previous two points were related to each other, in that they both had to do with reducing the energy consumption in your home. Beyond that, we shouldn’t overlook how much of a difference lighting makes in terms of your home’s aesthetics and interior design. It doesn’t matter how beautiful the decorations, furnishings and fixtures are, if the lighting is poorly planned, then your living space simply isn’t going to look as good as it could.
Cambuild Can Assist with Your Lighting Planning
At Cambuild, we focus on luxury and quality in homebuilding. One way that we accomplish this is by obsessing over the design considerations of our clients’ homes. Whether you’re building a custom designed home or renovating an existing one, we’ll work hard to ensure that every aspect of your new living space is perfect. This includes giving meticulous attention to your home’s lighting design.
Find out how we can help you with your new home design and help you build the home you’ve always dreamed of living in.
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