You may have put careful consideration into the exact location of your kitchen island or sketched out the exact dimensions of your bathroom storage closet. But when it comes to lighting or electrical, many home owners don’t consider it or plan for it, until it’s too late. Here are some tips to help you plan.
First. Consider your lighting objectives. Lighting designers consider 3 different layers of light when designing a space. They are:
Ambient: General illumination of the entire room to minimize shadows. This includes ceiling fixtures, wall sconces, or sky lights.
Task: Lighting with intention. This relates to lighting a specific spot like a desk or wall art. This includes desk lamps or LED track lights (for those interested in energy efficient LED Lighting).
Accent: Used to set the mood by lighting architectural features or accessories. Ex. Cove Lighting.
Second. Set your budget and timeline. Lighting should be one of the initial parts of any construction plan.
Budget: Rule of thumb. 20%-30% of your total budget should be devoted to lighting.
Planning: Three months before work begins, visit a lighting showroom to reviews specifications, create a plan, and order fixtures. There is usually an extended lead-time for high-end, built-to-order fixtures.
Execution: Two months before construction, share your lighting plan with all trade professionals on your job to make sure all specialty work is completed.
Remember, there are lots of ways to light a space. Browsing a lighting website or visiting a lighting showroom can help you narrow your options according to your preferences, and help you choose fixtures that compliment your other decorating choices.
David Hakimi is a lighting specialist and one of the co-founders of Alcon Lighting. A graduate of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), David works on the front lines of the energy-efficient lighting revolution, enabling architects, designers, and lighting engineers to transition from outmoded halogen and fluorescent lighting to what David calls “the ideal replacement for all lighting applications,” —LEDs. David takes particular pride in Alcon’s design, energy, and green building knowledge, tracing his and Alcon’s commitment to quality, innovation, accountability and value back to the lessons learned from his father, a Southern California lighting salesman and consultant for more than two decades. Passionate about reducing climate change and protecting the environment, David has been particularly valuable in ensuring that his clients and customers comply with rapidly-evolving green building codes. You can connect with David on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-p-hakimi/.
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