In the world of interior design, lighting design plays a pivotal role in shaping the ambiance and functionality of a space. While artificial lighting...
Turn Your New Construction Home Into Your Dream House With Lighting Design
The Most Important Investment You Haven’t Thought About While Building Your Dream House – Lighting Design
Your dream house may already be planned in your head but you have the whole construction process ahead of you. Be prepared to make many decisions. Initially, it might not seem like such a big deal and you may believe that you know exactly what you want. Most of us have already gone through this stage filled with optimism. Unfortunately, after hiring an architect, your optimism drops in proportion to the progress of your project. In the process, you learn about a million things about which you either had no idea or didn’t even know existed before you started.
At some point, you will feel more confident. You have invested in specialists, and everything is going as smoothly as possible, at least so far. The problems arise when you start installing custom surfaces, finishes, and choosing locations for your fixtures. You’re going back and forth with approvals, spec sheets, and invoices for additional labor. You might be overwhelmed and confused with all that mess. You hired an architect, interior designer, and electrician, yet there is no week when you don’t receive confusing information from them, especially about the lighting.
One Person that Can Save the Day
Interior designers may be interested in lighting, but they won’t go that deep into the physics, specifications, and other technical aspects of your lighting. They are great at what they are doing; they will definitely focus on the color of light and the appearance of the lighting itself, but not on the technical parameters that are the most important. Don’t get me wrong. The Lighting Designer will not fight your interior designer, nor do they want to take their job. The Lighting Designer will work with your architect and your interior designer to highlight the work of these two based on your individual needs. I can write a lot about the benefits of these professions, however, we’ll save that for another blog post.
I want to show you why it is worth investing in Premium Lighting at the beginning of your project. What is the difference between lighting you get from a local store and those that can cost two or three times as much? Is it worth it at all?
I will use the example of cars. A Toyota will take you to the same place as Porshe. However, the travel experience will be completely different. It is a better class that offers higher comfort. It is a fact, not a question of personal opinion and with lighting the difference is often very easy to see.
Think of Lighting as an Investment
Most people only think of lighting as just another expense for your home but it is much more than that. It is an investment in your well-being, aesthetics, safety, health, and even contributes to environmental protection.
Premium Lighting – Return On Investment (ROI)
Looking at the lights available in well-known chains, you might not notice the difference between those ordered from the premium brand at first glance. However, as soon as you take them in your hand and connect them to electricity, you will immediately notice the difference in quality. So what is behind the higher price of Premium lights?
– The manufacturer’s contribution to the development of technology
– Cooperation of the lighting manufacturer with the producers of Lighting Control Systems
– Lighting quality
– UL listing
– Heat management
– Color tuning
– Longer life expectancy
The brands that produce premium quality lights always focus on providing you with the best possible lighting technology for your home. This means the lowest possible energy consumption while also giving you a wide range of control options. These brands are also compatible with lighting systems such as Lutron, Crestron, and Control4, so you will avoid problems such as flickering, gaps between the dim curve, and the level where the lights are turned off.
Thanks to highly developed technology, you can adjust the intensity and color of the lighting to the preferences of each household member and even adjust the lighting according to the specific mood. With a lighting control system these adjustments can also be programmed into scenes to have them anytime with just the tap of a button.
The Secret of a Good Investment
So, if you want good quality lighting that will work with your lighting control system without failure, you need to invest more at the beginning of the project. This investment will pay off in the form of lower bills for lighting and less frequent replacement of lamps – premium lighting has a longer life expectancy.
A well-designed lighting system in your home will make you feel more comfortable, and the lighting will give your interior the right tone, character, and practicality.
So is such an investment worthwhile? Of course, aside from savings on bills, constant replacement of lamps, and savings on AC bills, you can also save a lot on doctor and prescription bills. Just a few hours of work in bad lighting is conducive to insomnia, headaches, and migraines. It’s hard to work efficiently with migraine, isn’t it?
When Should You Think About Lighting?
Most people think about lighting in the later stages of construction. However, lighting should be considered at the beginning of the design, when you can consider many factors and apply all the best solutions. It is much more difficult to add many lighting features when the project is almost finished. At this point, you add cost to the project if any changes need to be made to the lighting. New openings in the already closed and painted ceiling and modifications to the wiring can be necessary. If you are lucky, your experts will figure out how to add lighting to the existing system without violating the intensity recommendations for individual installation elements. You probably figured that additional costs usually must be incurred for the extra hours of work of several construction teams: electricians, painters, often a company that makes floors or puts wallpaper, not to mention the purchase of additional material, which you usually have to wait for a long time.
To Sum Up:
– See lighting as an investment, not an expense. It’s always better to pay more upfront and have precisely what you need
– think about lighting in the early stages of construction, so you can avoid additional costs and have enough lighting fixtures in your house
– make sure that the lighting you choose is UL listed and that it is compatible with the Lighting Control System you choose
– reach for advice or services of people who actually delve into technical information about lights, instead of choosing them only based on external appearance (e.g., Lighting designer)
– pay attention to the life expectancy of the lamp and the warranty period
– make sure you clearly define your needs and your usage of the space, so the suitable lamps can be picked for each room and area
– be prepared to spend more on lamps, so you can save money in the long run.
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