Use LED Lighting to Make Your Room Appear Larger
We’d all like our homes to be a little bit…bigger, wouldn’t we? Space is really at a premium these days, but there are things you can do to create the illusion of space, as you'll discover when you read this LED Monkey blog...
Work with What You Already Have
An excellent place to start when trying to open up your living space is to work with the light that’s already available.
Unless you live in a basement or cellar with no windows, you’ll have naturally occurring light all throughout the day.
Windows represent a completely free and easy source of illumination,so make the most of them!
Try not to obstruct them if possible. And, if you’re overlooked by other properties, try using gauzy nets rather than light-blocking curtains or blinds. That way, you’ll be able to see out, but the light will still come in, banishing all but the most difficult-to-reach shadowy corners.
For L-shaped rooms or if your windows are awkwardly positioned, try strategically placing a mirror.
The mirror should be used to reflect sunlight into the room.
This is because any room that receives adequate natural light will seem a lot more spacious than a dark, shadowy one.
If possible, use artificial (electrical) illumination as a complement to your naturally occurring light. Used correctly, electric light can have almost as much impact on the aesthetics of a space as natural light.
And, thanks to its rapid development over the last few years, LED lights and bulbs are the ideal sources to use.
Incredibly versatile and flexible, LED lighting will enable you to completely transform a dark and dingy-looking space into a bright, airy living environment that you’ll be happy to use.
Old-style incandescent bulbs that were only available in a muted, yellowy colour.
However, LEDs now come in a variety of colour temperatures that will enable you to tailor the light in the room to your own personal preference. While the incandescent bulbs provided a warm colour that made a room seem cosy, they weren’t very good at making it seem larger!
LEDs Are the Natural Choice!
LED light bulbs are also available in that classic “incandescent” warm white (3000K) colour temperature, but they’re also up to 80% more energy-efficient than traditional bulbs, which will save you a great deal of money when you use them as replacements.
Thus, you’ll be able to use more of them to “open up” your room, yet the cost of your electricity will still be less! For example, a 5-watt LED light bulb produces as many lumens of brightness as a 50-watt incandescent, so you could use 10 LEDs for the same energy consumption as ONE traditional bulb!
If you want to make your room seem really bright and clinical, LEDs also come in a cool white (6000K) colour temperature that will allow you to do just that.
Sharp and bright, cool white LEDs generate a particularly penetrative form of illumination that will reach the shadows that other bulbs cannot reach, thereby making your room seem much larger than it actually is.
Cool White (6000K) and Daylight (4000K). LEDs work exceptionally well in minimally furnished spaces, and they’re excellent types of light for close work, too.
People love having LED spotlights in their small kitchens and bathrooms, because they not only make the space appear larger, they also last a long time. This is great because spotlight bulbs can be inconvenient to replace when they fail.
Compared to the 2000 life hours you can expect from a halogen spotlight bulb, an LED’s 50,000 hour lifespan seems like a lifetime, which it is if you’re 17 years old!
Beam Angles Matter
LED light bulbs come with a variety of different beam angle choices, so make sure you choose the right ones for your particular space.
LED GU10 and MR16 spotlight bulbs with beam angles ranging from around 38° to 60° will trick the eye by creating specific points of focus which distort a room’s dimensions. While this admittedly produces shadowy areas, the number and spacing of the spotlights can create an illusion of distance, too.
Adjustable track lighting will also enable you to maximise the directionality of your lighting, giving you the ability to position your spotlights and highlight particular parts of your room.
For rooms with low ceilings, flush or semi-flush light fittings will allow you to take full advantage of the space you do have by not protruding into the room.
Provided you have sufficient space above your ceiling, recessed lights are perfect for this purpose, but make sure they’re fire-rated, as they’ll be invaluable should the unthinkable ever occur.
You can also install LED-friendly up-lighters or wall sconces to bathe or “wash” your walls with light.
If you’re controlling the light intensity of these fittings with dimmer switches, remember that low voltage LEDs require a trailing edge dimmer and won’t work effectively with the leading edge models of yesteryear!
Using a selection of LED lights and bulbs in your small room will make it seem bigger while making your lighting bills smaller! So, if you’d like any help or advice about switching to LED illumination please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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