What is the purpose of each light and, in particular, what lights suits the room design? Should the light sources be visible and decorative, or should they be integrated discreetly in the room? The following article answers these questions and more.

Which light for which room?

In a best-case scenario, light planning starts when building or renovating your home already, or when moving into a new rented apartment. If you already know how many power sockets the rooms will have, how the light falls through the windows into the room as well as the layout of your rooms, you already have a good basis for finding suitable lighting that you can use purposefully as well as stylishly. Here we tell you what lights to use for which room:

  • For basic room lighting: ceiling lights and recessed luminaires, pendant lamps, cable and tensioning systems
  • Above the dining table in the kitchen, dining room or living room: pendant or hanging lamps
  • As a playful element or eyecatcher in order to create contrast: decorative lamps
  • For a spatial effect: wall lamps
  • For accent lighting: spot lighting
  • To light up certain areas for the kitchen, at a desk or for reading on the sofa: cabinet lights, table lamps or floor lamps
  • For the bathroom and outdoor lighting: lamps and lights with the corresponding protection class

Different lights and lamps for your home

Wall lumaire Rythmos by AXO LIGHT SRL

There is a huge selection of lamps and lights to suit everyone’s taste, which doesn’t necessarily make a decision on perfect lighting any easier. The main thing is to focus on a balance between direct and indirect lighting. We will give you advice on how to use the right lighting for the different rooms, and have put together some stylish designer lights and lamps for living rooms and home offices, dining areas and outdoor spaces as well as for the bathroom.

Living room lighting

The living room is often the space we retreat to in the evening to relax with a book or where we receive our guests. Because we use the living room for different purposes, it makes sense to combine several light sources. The larger the living room, the more likely it is that one single light source will not be enough to throw sufficient light into the corners. We recommend at least three and a maximum of five different types of lights for the different requirements and tasks at hand. Combine room lighting, accent lighting and mood lighting: for reading, relaxing and watching TV.

Perfect addition to basic lighting

Stationary ceiling lights as well as uplights distributed around the room or a cable system with several lamps are suitable for basic lighting. For example, these can be pointed at different angles. The more a lamp illuminates a surface, the better the light can visibly unfold. It is recommended to have a function for dimming the general lighting. But a ceiling light alone will not provide atmospheric lighting. For this you need at least two further types of lamps in combination. Wall lights and floor lamps are suitable options that you can use for dramatic effect. Floor lamps can bundle the light in a certain area, making them suitable for creating a cosy corner for reading. Ideally the floor lamps can be swivelled or adjusted in height. By contrast, you can use wall lights to create interesting combinations of light and shade on the wall to subtly light up pictures, sculptures, shelves or mirrors. In addition, use smaller decorative lights on sideboards and shelves for accentuated light.

Wall lamp Flamenca by BENQ
Wall lamp Flamenca by BENQ

Dining room lighting

It’s a pleasure to sit at a prettily set table and look forward to the delicacies served up to us. We like to see what we eat; everyone knows that good presentation is important. The dining area is also a place for stimulating discussion, where we want to be focused. Traditionally, hanging or pendant lamps are usually suspended above the dining room table that provide subtle lighting, are height adjustable and can be dimmed. They should light up the table in order to create a cosy atmosphere for dinner. Choose a bulb with a warm white light colour and glare-free lamps where the light is diffused through a shade or a diffuser. If you like unusual lamps, maybe a chandelier above the table is an option!

The larger your table, the more light sources you will need. Longer, rectangular tables require a light with several lamps in a row, while round tables call for a round lamp that is centred above the table. Generally, the following applies: The shape and size of the light should echo the shape and size of the table and of the room. If the table is extendable, consider a flexible lighting system with lamps that can be angled individually. Always adjust the size of the lamps to the size of the dining area and the table. And always ensure that they match the style of the interior. If your table is under an eave and you can’t use a hanging or pendant lamp, an alternative would be gooseneck lamps to provide enough lighting for the table.

Industrial-looking lamps are currently en vogue, some of which have glass shades and exposed light bulbs. Special models with a country feel or made from natural materials are also very popular.

Bathroom lighting

The type of light you choose for your bathroom depends on your personal preference and whether you want to use the bathroom solely for putting on make-up and doing your hair, or also as an oasis of calm and relaxation. In general, the same applies in the bathroom as in the living room or dining room: use a mix! Create a team of different light sources that are all suitable for a bathroom in order to allow for flexible use of lighting.

For general lighting, use ceiling lights that can be easily combined with wall spotlights and spotlights. Depending on bathroom size, elongated lights can be fitted to the left and right of or above the mirror. In general you should pay attention to the protection class of any lights you wish to use in the bathroom. Lights used near the bath tub, wash basin or shower should be waterproof or sprayproof and should be kept at a certain distance from the water source. The protection class is stated on the packaging using an IP code and two digits. The first digit describes the level of protection from foreign objects and contact, while the second indicates tightness against water and damp. For the bulbs, you can choose between energy-efficient LEDs, halogen lamps or energy-saving bulbs. The latter are more competitively priced but nowhere near as long-lasting as LEDs.

Bathroom lighting

Lighting for your home office

When choosing the lighting for your home office, it is particularly important to ensure that your desk is well lit in addition to a general ceiling light. The focus for a desk is to facilitate concentrated work as pleasantly as possible without straining our eyes. A warm but bright light is suitable for this purpose. The norm is to use desk lamps placed directly on the table.

It should be possible to adjust the height and angle of the table lamp to prevent reflections on your screen when working at a PC by briefly swivelling the lamp. For desks positioned close to the wall, space-saving lamps that you can hang directly on the wall are a good alternative.

Our “Lighting” category includes stylish designer lamps for your home in a large overview. Enjoy browsing!

Posted on 19.06.2017

Back to overview
Top