Most of us underestimate the power of lighting within our home. It’s crucial in the planning stages to get this right as it will pay off in the long run by keeping your power bills reasonable, living conditions enjoyable and if you plan to sell your house in the future, it’s a great selling point for potential buyers.
When choosing a block and designing your home, you need to consider the orientation. Choosing a floorplan that maximises natural light at all times of the day. Making sure your main, living areas are North facing will mean natural light and sun are always present, also helping your house to retain heat in the colder months.
Planning your lighting in your home, it’s not the case ‘less is more’. You want to make sure you are lighting up the main areas, as well as evenly throughout the home. LED downlights are a great way of lighting a home but in an extremely cost effective manner. Entry, hallways, bathrooms and outdoor areas aren’t exactly ideal areas for a lamp or a light source that is no good. So if you are on a budget, these are the key areas to focus on to enhance the lighting plan.
Feature lighting is a huge trend at the moment, from pendants in the hallway, over the kitchen island bench, above the dining table and bed lamps. These add character and personality to your home, although they may be costly.
So, carefully have a look at your lighting plan in the early stages and plan ahead to make the most of your position and natural lighting on your block.