A handful of basic home lighting elements that are crucial to creating a quality living environment include proper lighting dimensions, dimmable lights, and natural lighting.
For starters, natural lighting should be utilized as much as possible. Not only does it create a more welcoming, comfortable room, but it also reduces electricity costs caused by lighting. A few areas in the home that can be lit up easily using natural resources include sunrooms, which are often areas where people gather in the home. Also, the living room can be lit with a warming glow by using the fireplace if it is available. In addition to the savings from using less electricity, the fireplace will decrease the cost of heating the home.
Another source of natural sunlight is a skylight. These can come in the more prevalent flat, window-like models, as well as newer styles. Some of the newer skylights come as tubes, which look much like recessed light. This style of recessed, natural light is especially suitable for kitchens and bathrooms; it is less conspicuous and there is also a lower amount of maintenance in comparison to the traditional styles of skylights.
Lighting in levels corresponding to the dimensions of the room is also very important. Spaces such as the kitchen require very high levels of light in order for the jobs that are being performed there to be done safely. Living rooms, dens, and bedrooms often call for lower levels of lighting; these areas typically avoid overhead lighting, but instead make use of floor and table lamps. The warmer light created by these lamps creates much less ambient light; the ambient light that is common of overhead lighting is usually what is responsible for the glare on televisions or computer monitors.
After the primary lighting plan has been implemented, the easiest way to create a warm environment is by installing dimmers on the light fixtures. This limits the amount of light to the level you desire, thus decreasing electricity expenses and creating a softer light. Anytime an overhead light fixture is installed, it should ideally have a dimmer attached so that it can be adjusted to the desired level.