Today, I met with an electrician, Joe Electric. Not kidding, that’s his name and since, I’m not good with names, was thrilled to see it embroidered on his hat. He was amazing, and I’m always so thrilled to find good trades to add to my arsenal.
I collaborate with all my vendors and like to think, I’m quite accommodating to the trades, so any time I get to work with new or existing trades out in the field, I always try to learn something from them and gain new knowledge. Joe Electric was very knowledgeable, and as I call it, we “geeked out” speaking our own electrical language. Until I’m in the field and a client has a glazed look and says “Huh, I hope you are getting all this?!”, I take for granted that it isn’t common knowledge and is indeed a foreign language to most clients.
So, I decided to write this blog about how you should light your home based on what information I know and guess I take for granted that everyone knows, but in actuality doesn’t know.
#1: Every room needs natural light. Put in a window. Yes, even in a closet.
#2: Recessed canned lighting is not enough and should not be the only type of light fixture in a room.
#2: Every room should have at least 4 layers of light: general light, ambient light, task lighting and decorative light.
#3: Lighting should not be overlooked. It is the most underrated item in design and is most often forgotten. Sad, because it’s how you perceive the space in terms of color and contrast. Ultimately, lighting creates the mood for how you feel in a space.
#4: When lighting is designed, it can actually save you money.
#5: Placement of the fixtures is just as important as the choice of light bulb used in the fixture.
#6: Light bulbs are really called lamps to interior designers.
#7: Dimmers should be on every light switch to be up to California code. Fluorescent bulbs have to be on the first switch or closest to you as you enter a room to be up to California code.
#8: Not all sconces should be banned. They do make amazing fixtures so don’t be worried… sconces aren’t just gold and ornate and remind you of your grandma’s house anymore.
#9: Make sure that you hire a licensed professional. Electrical is not the place to skimp.
#10: A consultation fee of $150 is worth every cent when it comes to lighting design.
Just call me. I’d hate to have you put a recessed can to close to a wall making a cone of light down the wall or not put enough general lighting so you can’t see, or another common mistake, use only the recessed cans and pay a higher electrical bill when just using a table lamp would do and is much less costly. The list goes on and on. Happy Lighting!
Please note: This picture has recessed cans as ambient lighting, sconces for task lighting, a hanging lantern as decorative lighting and due to the glare on the ceiling that I can see, I assume a window for general or natural light: all four layers of light that I recommend.