When it comes to your new home design, lighting should never be an afterthought. Not only can lighting affect the look and feel of the home, but it can also affect your mood and emotions. So you need to make sure you consider your lighting concept from the get-go. At Total Homes, we don’t want you walking into your new home blind, so light the way with a fantastic lighting scheme. Read on to find out more about the importance of lighting and the illuminating inclusions when you choose to build your new home with us.
The important part lighting plays in a home
Affects our mood
Did you know that the light in a room can affect your emotions? This isn’t a new concept. In fact, next time you go into a department store or restaurant pay close attention to how they use lighting to create a particular mood. While a fast food store is more likely to use bright lights because they want you in and out of there quickly, a restaurant that wants you to linger (usually the more expensive ones) will have more dim and atmospheric light.
But this extends beyond the commercial use. The different kinds of light we’re exposed to in our homes can also have a real impact on our emotional health and wellbeing. According to research published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the intensity of a light can have an impact on the intensity of our emotions. A 2014 study found that the more intense the lighting, the greater a person’s emotions – both positive and negative.
When study participants were under the brighter lighting, their emotions were more intense, even when the temperature of the room was kept the same. For instance, in one experiment researchers found that when under brighter lighting, participants thought positive words were more “positive” and negative words were more “negative”.
Take a walk around your current house and check to see how the lighting reflects the mood you intend for the different rooms. Remember that the lighting in a room can provide either illumination for the entirety of the room or highlight very specific elements. For example, in your kitchen you might use hard light when working but once dinner is cooked, a soft light is all you need for ambience.
Affects our interior design
Lighting also plays an important role in interior design. When decorating, people usually focus on the furniture and the lights almost always come as an afterthought. However, the power of lighting in one’s house plays a crucial part in making it a home. Here are a few ways you can increase the comfort and liveability of your home with a well thought out lighting scheme:
- Utilise colour with lighting: The use of lighting can add to or subtract from the overall colours in a room. For example, darker colours make a room feel small and cramped while lighter colours make a room feel spacious and airy.
- Add ambience with lighting: One major role lighting plays in interior design is functionality. Lighting needs to serve a purpose or it simply wastes electricity. For example, wall lights add length and size, visually, to an entryway hall, as well as light the way.
- Improve spaciousness with lighting: Both natural and manmade lighting helps create the illusion of space. If the room doesn’t have sufficient lighting, it’ll feel tiny. So for a darker room, find ways to bring in more full-spectrum natural light.
The benefits of LED lighting
So now you know how important lighting is to your home, the next question becomes, what type of lighting is the best? The light emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most rapidly developing lighting technologies. At Total Homes, we believe it’s by far the smartest solution for illumination, providing some fabulous benefits to your home:
The first feature of the LED is that it lasts 25 times longer than its incandescent counterpart. With its long operational life, LED light bulbs can last up to 100,000 hours. This is 11 years of continuous operation. Or in other words, if you were to leave it on for 8 hours per day, it would take around 20 years before you’d have to replace the bulb. This equals reduced maintenance costs and more money in your pocket in the long run.
LED lighting is the most energy-efficient option. With an estimated energy efficiency of 80-90% compared to traditional lighting and conventional bulbs, there are huge savings to be made. This means that about 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light, while only 20% is lost and converted into other forms of energy such as heat. Whereas traditional incandescents which operate at 20% energy efficiency, lose 80% of their electricity as heat.
Another great benefit of LED lights is that they’re free of toxic chemicals. While most conventional fluorescent light bulbs contain a multitude of materials like mercury, which is dangerous for the environment, LED lights contain no toxic materials are 100% recyclable. As mentioned above, the long lifespan of the LED also means that one LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent lights bulbs. This not only helps your individual carbon footprint by up to 70%, but is a big step towards a greener future.
LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the roughest conditions. And because LEDs are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they also make great outdoor lighting systems where they may be exposed to tough weather conditions like wind or rain.
A well-designed LED lighting system can achieve fantastic lighting effects, not only for the eye but also for the mood in mind. They can be combined in any shape to produce highly efficient illumination and dimmed, resulting in a dynamic control of light, colour and distribution. All LED light sources are also made up of individual light modules, which means they can focus light on a specific location without the use of external reflectors.
The bright inclusions from Total Homes
So as you can see, LED lighting is the obvious choice for your new home. It’s energy efficient, eco-friendly, built tough, flexible, lasts longer, saves you money and the list goes on. So at Total Homes, we say let there be light! When you choose to build a new home with us, an LED Lighting Package is included in the design.
We pride ourselves on our extensive list of free inclusions, including 15 HPM LED Downlights in lieu of standard bayonet light points. And for even more control over the design of your home, buyers can choose where they want lights to go in order to create their ultimate comfort zone. How good is that?