Floor lamps, spotlights, pendants, desk lamps, globes, chandeliers – there are so many different types of lighting to choose from. And what are terms like accent lighting, task lighting and illuminating all about? Help!
My home needs good lighting
It’s a cry for help we hear a lot. And it’s hardly surprising, because lighting can really make or break your carefully designed interior. At night, an old-fashioned, energy-saving lamp glaring down on a super stylish interior can suddenly look way too bright. Lighting choices can be especially daunting when furnishing and decorating a new home. But there’s no need to panic. Below we’ll give you some pointers on how to devise a clever lighting scheme for your (new) home.
First of all it’s good to know that lighting fixtures can introduce different types of lighting to a room. The main types of lighting are general (also known as ambient) lighting, task lighting, accent lighting and mood lighting. A good lighting scheme has one or more light fixtures in each category.
"Lighting can make or break your carefully designed interior, so devise a clever lighting scheme for your (new) home"
As the name suggests, this is the light you turn on when you enter the room, e.g. recessed or exposed spotlights or a ceiling fixture. The switch of this main light is usually next to the door so that it’s within reach when you come into the dark house. Make sure to have a good think about what’s practical for the layout of your home. You could, for example, hang a light at the end of the hallway, just before the door to the living room. This is a good way to illuminate your route through the house. To avoid any stumbling in the dark, you could also put a spotlight straight above the first stair step.
A single spotlight in the centre of the living room and kitchen is a quick way to provide these spaces with good overall illumination. Things will of course need to be cosied up further, but more on that later. Zuiver spotlights are an excellent choice for general lighting purposes. Dice provides a generous beam of light and is well suited to high-traffic areas such as the hallway, kitchen and stairs. Our smaller spotlight Luci is not only elegant in appearance, but also gives a narrower beam of more focused light. An ideal source of general lighting for the living room or bedroom.
On the left you see spot Luci, in the middle and on the right spot Dice
Once you’ve designed your living room you’ll have a good idea of the tasks you’ll be performing there. You’ll know where the seating area, dining area and perhaps a desk or reading corner will go. For these areas you need task light: a light beam focused on a specific area so that you can comfortably dine, work or read. A reading lamp like Zuiver’s new Ivy beside the sofa will give you functional reading light. Or for quite a different look, create a light fixture on the wall using the LED-it-be wall lamp.
Over the dining table, which for many people doubles as a workspace, you could hang the modern Zuiver G.T.A. lamp. During meals, the light shines cosily downwards through the wire mesh. Thanks to its generous size, the lamp illuminates the entire table so that it’s also very effective lighting for work tasks!
Is there a large bookcase, painting on the wall or other art piece you’d like to illuminate? Then you need accent lighting: directed light to show off objects and features. Wall lamps and spotlights are perfect for the purpose. Our double spotlight Luci-2 can illuminate the bookcase and the painting next to it simultaneously. Another good way to add accent lighting is to use our new Flex wall lamp. It’s a perfect way to highlight an attractive cabinet with small sculptures and paintings, for example.
Choose accent lighting on the wall to illuminate art pieces
Last but not least, it’s time to add your mood lighting. A mood lamp can be introduced in those parts of the room where you haven’t already applied general, task or accent lighting. Choose lamps that spread soft, indirect light. A good choice is a floor lamp that provides diffused light through a fabric lampshade, e.g. floor lamp Tripod by Zuiver.
Zuiver mood lighting from left to right: Trust pendant lamp, Mesh pendant lamp and Tripod floor lamp
Other suitable candidates are pendants like Mesh or Cable. Both have attractive openwork shades that create interesting patterns on the wall. You could also opt for an uber-trendy lamp holder with beautiful, vintage-style LED light bulb. How about Trust lamp by Zuiver? So attractive over a small table or in a cluster over the stairs.
Zuiver LED lighting
Over the past years, there’s been a huge shift from incandescent lighting to LEDs. LEDs have many benefits over the traditional light bulb; they have a longer lifespan, are energy efficient and eco-friendly, to name just three.
In our collection you’ll find an ever-growing number of LED lamps, for example Zuiver light box Saber and pendant G.T.A.. We also offer an extensive range of LED light sources in a variety of shapes and sizes. These have the look and feel of a vintage light bulb combined with the ultra-modern LED technique.
"LEDs have many benefits over the traditional light bulb, that's why Zuiver has an ever-growing number of LED lamps"
Zuiver has an extensive range LED light sources with a vintage look and feel
Lumen vs. watts
Back in the days of incandescent lighting, watts were exclusively used to indicate energy consumption: 60 watts for the kitchen, 25 watts for mood lighting and 15 watts for outdoor lighting. But with the arrival of more energy-efficient CFL lamps, halogen lamps and LEDs, it became more practical to use Lumen as the unit of measurement. Lumens indicate the amount of light produced by a lamp. The higher the number of Lumens, the brighter the light source.
G.T.A. features a light diffusion foil which you can remove for brighter light
Our G.T.A. pendant lets you choose the Lumen yourself. You see, G.T.A. features a light diffusion foil which you can remove. If you leave the foil in place, the lamp will cast atmospheric light onto your dining table. Remove the foil and G.T.A. provides the kind of brighter light that you need for working.
When LEDs first became available they mostly produced cool, bluish light. Nowadays, LED lighting is available in different colour temperatures. This colour temperature is measured in Kelvin: the lower the Kelvin number, the warmer the light source. To give you an idea: the traditional incandescent light bulb (undimmed) is 2700 degrees Kelvin.
"LED lighting is available in different colour temperatures, which is measured in Kelvin"
We hope this blog has given you a better idea of the different lighting types and what you need to consider to achieve optimal lighting in your space. What issues did you encounter when illuminating your home? We’d love to hear from you!