What the heck is a lighting designer you might ask?
Well to put it shortly, someone who designs the overall effect of the lights you use in your new home.
You hire an electrician don’t you? You plan the landscaping before you begin don’t you? When you are in the course of revamping your electrical system, why not plan your lighting? It would be far more economical to do it then, rather than to wait and have to redesign it for a work space or an area that needs to be lit, but isn’t.
The lighting design is taking the time to plan an entire lighting system to get exactly the best effect you can get in any given space or place.
A lighting designer will be able to help you determine where you need more light, where you’d like less, based on your own personal taste, your habits, and your budget. Outside a lighting designer can assist you in choosing the proper way to show your home off to its best advantage while keeping security in mind as well.
When you speak with a lighting designer first, prior to your home remodel, then you will know without doubt the places where you may need new outlets, new fixtures and new work on the electrical system, whereas waiting until the electric has been accomplished will make for a far more extensive and far more expensive conclusion to your project.
If you choose to go the do it yourself route in lighting design, there are some things that you should keep in mind when it comes to designing lighting.
Natural light is always the best light.
Use it whenever you can to influence your design. It’s far cheaper, and there are some truly stunning and amazing ways you can utilize it to fit into your overall decor.
Take a bit to research the major ways you use lights in your home.
Task oriented, lighting will put the focus exactly where you want it such as on a work bench in the garage or an island work area in your kitchen.
Consider all the different types of lighting and think about where they might work best in your home.
Perhaps you could use more economical lighting such as the fluorescent lights in the garage because they not only cost less, but provide better actual light for the work area.
Recessed lighting has made a huge comeback and can be used nearly everywhere in your home, including accent lighting.