From dawn till dusk, we need light, and so do our homes. When the natural sort is in short supply, well-planned lighting is even more of a must-have, for comfort and practicality alike. Try our simple tips to help you decide where and what you need, to get the light just right.

We actually need more lighting indoors than we often imagine. A living room, for example, may need as much as up to ten light sources, depending on the size of the room. In an average living room, about seven lighting locations are usually recommended.

A good rule of thumb is to introduce light in three layers - general lighting, functional lighting and mood lighting.

General lighting is the starting point, and here you should choose a lamp that spreads an even light into a large area. This is usually a ceiling lamp and/or ceiling spotlights.

Functional lighting is specifically for where you need good, stronger light, for example where you might work or read. It’s a directed light source, bright enough to see what you’re doing more easily. That could be spots, or a directional standard lamp. 

Mood lighting means decorative light sources that provide discreet lighting and create a cosy atmosphere. With a dimmer, they can also up their game when needed. It can be inside glass-door cabinets, or using table lamps or floor lamps, to diffuse a soft light into the room.

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