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How to Choose the Best Lighting for Your Sydney Home

Choosing the perfect light fittings is about more than just illuminating rooms. Choosing the right light fittings allows you to create an ambience that is reflective of your style and enhances the function of any interior space. 

From feature chandeliers that add elegance and class to LED lights that provide uninterrupted light and minimal shadows, the Leading Electrical team has been helping Sydney’s homeowners choose the best light fittings for their needs. With more than 10 years of experience, they can help you navigate all the important considerations when choosing home lighting. Whether you’re planning an upgrade on a renovator’s dream, extensive refurbishment of a heritage home or turning your recent build into a Smart Home, our team can help.  

Lighting Options for All Rooms

For many homeowners, the home is a sanctuary, a place of rest and a place of productivity. The modern home has many rooms and performs many functions, each with a unique series of requirements. From catching up on sleep to reading a book to preparing ingredients or tinkering on a project. When it comes to the interior lighting needs of each, one size definitely does not fit all. So how do you match your light fittings to suit your needs? We spend some time with Leading Electrical to get the must-know tips when it comes to choosing the right lights for your home. 

Room Function and Atmosphere

As you guessed, the lighting needs in the kitchen are completely different to a bedroom or study. Bright, intense, cool lighting may be perfect for preparing ingredients in the kitchen but can make even the most luxuriously appointed bedroom look and feel sterile. 

Similarly, warmly lit, cosy lighting may be perfect for a family moving night in the entertainment room, but it’s unlikely to provide enough light for task-oriented lighting in the bathroom or laundry. Modern LEDs offer energy-efficient lighting solutions for all bedroom styles. Low-cost LED lighting offers the choice of colour temperatures (warmth and coolness) along with intensity. 

Ceiling Lighting

Bathroom with carefully chosen lighting fittings chosen by Leading Electrical

Ceiling lights are considered the backbone of any home lighting project. The need for functional lighting is of course the initial priority, with style and aesthetics coming in closely behind. Ceiling lights come in a range of styles and designs to suit every room and style. 

Bedroom Lighting

Opting for a warm white light is safe option as it allows homeowners to balance function and atmosphere. Choosing lighting that is too cool will make the bedroom feel sterile while too much warmth will result in a muddy, darkened feel. 

The size and type of light fittings will generally depend on the height of the ceilings. Bedrooms with higher ceilings will have the opportunity to use pendant lights for a modern look and feel. Flush mount lighting is ideal for lower ceilings and homeowners looking for an integrated, seamless appearance. 

Bathroom and Kitchen Lighting

Functional rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom will generally benefit from a mid-range or neutral lighting temperature. Similar to that found in offices, kitchen and bathroom lighting should have a crisp and clear atmosphere. Too warm a light setting may cause eye strain. Too cool a light and the areas may feel sterile or hospital-like. 

Kitchen light fixtures

Kitchen lighting serves as a crucial element for both practicality and ambience. Task lighting is very important, especially above work areas such as countertops, sinks, and stovetops. Bright and focused lighting is essential for food preparation and cooking. Under-cabinet lighting fixtures, recessed lights, or track lighting systems are popular choices to provide targeted task lighting while minimizing shadows and glare.

Bathroom light fixtures

Bathroom lighting fixtures are equally important for functionality and aesthetics and provide a well-lit and inviting space for daily routines and even relaxation. Task lighting is perfect for shaving or applying makeup, making vanity lights a popular choice above bathroom mirrors. Overhead lighting fixtures, such as recessed lights or flush mounts, contribute to overall brightness in the bathroom, illuminating the entire space and enhancing visibility. Dimmers maintain versatility and provide control over the desired light output. Homeowners looking to add style can consider incorporating accent lighting or decorative pendant lights to highlight architectural features.

Dining and Lounge Room Lighting

Unlike kitchens and bathrooms, ambience and atmosphere, are prioritised in dining and lounge room settings. Features such as dining tables and seating areas benefit from the addition of statement lighting fixtures such as chandeliers. These can enhance the visual appeal of the room while providing functional light. Floor and table lamps can be used to add layered lighting and alter the atmosphere depending on the use. 

Mood Lighting

Dimmable light fittings allow homeowners to adjust the lighting levels to suit various activities and moods, from intimate gatherings to movie nights. With warmth, cosiness and atmosphere taking priority, choosing brightness levels between 2,000-3,000k will ensure optimal comfort. 

Garage and Workshop Lighting

For workshops and garages, the Leading Electrical team recommend bright and focused lighting. LED stripe lights are a cost-effective and functional lighting solution for all applications. Ceiling-mounted LED light fittings are adjustable and can be arranged to minimise shadows and provide effective light fill. Motion-sensor lights can be used internally and externally while providing enhanced security and convenience.

Outdoor Lighting

New outdoor lighting can enhance the look, safety and function of your exterior lighting. Before choosing your outdoor lighting upgrades, we recommend having a clear set of goals for your outdoor area and have prepared a dedicated outdoor lighting article to help you along the way.

Expert Advice for Home Lighting

If you are unsure about your next lighting project and you are looking for expert advice on how to make the most of your lighting upgrades, be sure to get in touch with our team on 0414 546 729.

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