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Look for a pro who has a Lighting Certification (LC) from the National Council for the Qualification of the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), or is a Certified Lighting Consultant (CLC). Some architects and interior designers may also have certification in lighting design. Why hire a lighting pro? A lighting designer can help with lighting special spaces, like a home theater; can minimize glare; can increase energy efficiency and more. If you are already working with a team of home professionals on a remodeling project or new build, having a lighting designer join the crew can help streamline the design process, and will not necessarily mean spending more, as the lighting designer will take on some tasks that the other pros would have been charging for anyway.
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Home Lighting Design

Lighting can make a big difference in the interior environment of your home. Good lighting used properly helps you to see better and perform tasks more easily. It also provides safety, security and a sense of comfort. Lighting and lighting controls also provide you with the flexibility to adjust and adapt the mood and ambiance of your home. Lighting fixtures are ideal, and often inexpensive, accessories to supplement the interior design of your home. With an unlimited range of styles, shapes, colors and sizes, lighting fixtures can add sparkle and a final, finishing touch to your décor. Properly used lighting should complement your lifestyle and meet your family’s needs.
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Home Lighting Design

According to the Lighting Research Center, the overall goal for home lighting is that it should be “comfortable, easily controlled and energy efficient.” To that end, manufacturers and lighting experts are working to improve the options for homeowners. Energy efficiency is a particular focus given that lighting typically accounts for more than 25 percent of a home’s energy use, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Whether the lighting is inside or outside the home, there are new developments daily—in everything from the longevity of a light bulb (some now are designed to last 25 years) to the design of the light switch (which may just become obsolete, replaced by keypads or smartphone apps). The key to getting the greatest benefit out of home lighting is to plan properly.
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Home Lighting Design

Lucy Martin is Design Director at John Cullen Lighting, a company whose 30 years’ experience in lighting and product design puts it at the forefront of lighting design and development. Lucy heads up the design team at John Cullen working in projects around the world. She also lectures at design schools and has just published her first book entitled The Lighting Bible, which offers a room-by-room guide to getting the most out of your lighting and provides the understanding, confidence and inspiration to actually go ahead and do it.
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Home Lighting Design

Even design professionals are scampering to keep up with the latest and greatest. Rey-Barreau says lighting classes accounted for seven of the 10 top-attended workshops at the American Institute of Architects’ annual conference last June.“Five or six years ago, lighting was at the bottom of the list,” he says.Skilled lighting design may not be the primary part of a renovation, but it shouldn’t be an afterthought. “Once you’ve put holes in your drywall, you’re stuck,” says Philip Finkelstein, a New York lighting specialist. Finkelstein recently revised a customer’s kitchen lighting plan (drawn by an electrician) that would have cast shadows on all prep areas — and cost more to install.
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Home Lighting Design

LM. The more detail you can confirm before embarking on a lighting scheme, the better the lighting will be. Good quality energy efficient lighting, such as LED, that you might actually want to use in your home is expensive compared to standard compact fluorescent. From a budget point of view it makes sense to use it sparingly where necessary. The more idea a lighting designer has about finishes, furniture layout, joinery details, and an understanding of how the house will flow, are essentials to getting the lighting as good as it can be. A well lit room is used. A badly lit room is abandoned very early on!
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Home Lighting Design

However, lighting showrooms typically employ ALA-certified lighting specialists and consultants who have completed several levels of training on all aspects of lighting design. Lighting showroom professionals will design your plan for free, or for a starting fee, which you can apply to the products you buy.
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When you’re faced with lighting a room, don’t be tempted to run out to your nearest lighting store or stick your head into your lighting catalogues. The starting point of the home lighting design process is to look first at what you want to light up, then think about what you’ll light it up with.
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Interior designers have many tools at their disposal when it comes to creating interior design schemes. One of these tools, however, is quite often overlooked as people don’t realize the potential that it has to transform a space. This tool is lighting and it has the power to make or break an interior scheme. Lighting can make a house into a home and will allow the personality of the owner to shine through. Without good lighting, the impact of all the other well-thought out details – sumptuous furnishings, opulent flooring, luxurious wallcoverings – will be lost. So getting the lighting right is essential if we are to make the most of our homes.
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A long line of professionals is eager to help you add lighting to your remodel. But when it comes to designing a lighting plan, you don’t always get what you pay for. Architects and electricians will charge, maybe, $100/hour to map out lights, and they don’t necessarily have the latest lighting design training, says Larry Lauck of the American Lighting Association (ALA).
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Layered Bathroom Lighting The trick to bathroom lighting is to use layers. By including makeup lighting, wall sconces, decorative ceiling lights over the tub and accent lighting to showcase artwork, you can create a beautifully illuminated space. Design by Scott Arthur Yerkey in Chicago
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What isn’t changing is the important role that lighting plays in creating a healthy, safe home environment. “Lighting is a powerful tool in a person’s health, and in their daily rhythms,” says Patricia Rizzo, DesignWorks Program Manager for the Lighting Research Center, a research and educational organization based at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y. A person’s ability to see clearly, identify objects, prepare food, attend to personal grooming and perform many more functions all rely on the right type of lighting in every room of the house. Just as importantly, a person’s moods and emotions are triggered by light, a result of the direct connection between the way the retina converts light signals into neural signals in the brain.
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The task lighting layer which provides light for a specific activity to make the activity easier. Examples are lighting the counter tops in the kitchen for food preparation, or a reading light in the living room. If the ambient lighting in the kitchen or living room is sufficient it may well be possible to prepare food and read without task lighting, but the extra light enhances the experience of chopping or a good novel considerably.
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LM. Good lighting sets the tone and creates the atmosphere in a room. The key is to understand the use of that room and apply the relevant lighting to ensure it functions well. For example a laundry or utility room will be well served with glare free compact fluorescent, whereas a study will require particular attention to task lighting. An open plan living/dining/kitchen needs to have several different circuits of lighting, perhaps a mix of LED spots and low level floor washers, LED undercupboard task lights, and mains voltage lamp light to create depth and texture in the space.
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LM. Rooms are three dimensional. Lighting can be recessed in the ceiling, mounted on or in walls, recessed in the floor or in walls at low level and inserted into joinery. Also lighting that can be plugged in comes in all shapes and sizes. Taking all these elements into account will help to build a better scheme. Think about how lighting might be used in the floor, wall and ceiling when planning. This will result in a more cohesive lighting scheme.
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If you are working with an architect or interior designer, he or she may create a lighting plan. Or you can choose to hire a lighting designer to coordinate with the other members of the design team to come up with the best places for lights, switches and outlets. If you are not working with a designer, you can, when armed with the proper tools, assess the lighting in your home on your own.
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“It’s a new world of lighting,” says lighting guru Joseph Rey-Barreau, an architect, lighting designer, and University of Kentucky design professor.  “Changes are happening so quickly, people have to think about it more than ever.”

The trick to bathroom lighting is to use layers. By including makeup lighting, wall sconces, decorative ceiling lights over the tub and accent lighting to showcase artwork, you can create a beautifully illuminated space. Design by Scott Arthur Yerkey in Chicago

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