Whether you’re building a new home or remodelling your current space, lighting is one of those often overlooked factors that has a huge impact on the mood that emanates from each room. A lot of homeowners have no idea which step to take first when it comes to designing the perfect lighting plan, and that’s where a lighting designer comes into play. Hiring a professional that can help you achieve the perfect illumination for whatever you want to accomplish in each room, helping you feel more relaxed and at ease in your own space.
If you’re curious why you might want to consider hiring a professional, take into account all of the many different elements of a lighting plan. Not only will a lighting advisor take into account the placement of the lighting, but he or she will also consider the placement of light switchers, whether or not dimmers are required, and the necessary brightness and colouring of each light. That’s a lot to think about if you have no experience with lighting design!
Lighting plan FAQs
Lighting experts agree that it’s a good idea to come up with a lighting plan when you make plans for the rest of your build or remodel. That way, you can budget the appropriate amount before you run into financial blocks down the road. Urban Lights offers a wonderful advisory service for a small fee of $150; this is a great place to start.
If you’ve already drawn out plans for your new home, a lighting designer can help you assess what you already have in place and create the best lighting plan from those blueprints. They can even provide a lighting plan with all of the necessary details required for an electrician. We even have a host of trusted electricians that we’d be excited to recommend.
If you are renovating an existing home, we can also work from those house plans. If you’d prefer the lighting designer to visit your house to get a feel for the layout and pre-existing lighting, we are more than happy to schedule a home visit with you.
If you decide to book Urban Lighting for your advisory service, you are not under any obligation to purchase your lights from us -- but we think you’ll be quite pleased with our selection and pricing!
Considerations for a Lighting Plan
Your lighting advisor from Urban Lighting will take into account certain factors, including how the room will be used, your personal style, your budget, and your lifestyle. If you have a general idea about the following aspects of your home plan, your advisor will be able to provide you with a comprehensive plan.
- Purpose of the room: what sort of lighting is appropriate for the activities that take place in each space?
- Size of the room: what is the best way to sufficiently light the entire room?
- Positioning: how can you arrange the lighting to be most efficient?
- Type of lighting: what sort of mood are you trying to set for each room?
- Surfaces: different surfaces reflect light differently, so consider which are most prominent in each room
- Decoration: lighting adds a lot to the ambiance of a room, so make sure it matches your personal style
- Efficiency: a carefully planned lighting system can save you energy and money in the long run, so consider this from the very beginning
Don’t Overlook the Importance of a Good Lighting Plan
Remember that a proper lighting plan is a critical feature of any home renovation or build, and it doesn’t need to break the bank or add further stress. Book a consultation with a lighting designer today and see how your plans brighten up.