Does Your Floor Plan Include Lighting? Design Considerations for Illuminating Your New Home
You’ve spent a lot of time and money designing your dream home, but you may be surprised by how often homeowners miss a very important part of their floor plan: lighting.
The right light installations can really brighten your investment and free up space for more decor.
Here are a few of the most popular forms of lighting to ensure your designer adds these important features to your floor plan, early.
The Three Main Types of Lighting
Before starting construction of your new home, it’s important for you to ensure your designer addressed lighting on your floor plan.
Your layout might include a lot of windows to enjoy Florida’s bright sunshine and scenery, but that’s not always enough to brighten your space— and windows certainly won’t help to illuminate your home at night.
Generally speaking, there’s three types of artificial lighting:
- Ambient. General lighting to illuminate your home, as a whole.
- Accent. Lighting to draw attention to a key feature in your home.
- Task. Lighting to help you accomplish a specific activity in a room.
While all three can be accomplished with standalone lamps or tabletop units, you can save space on your counters and floor by adding light fixtures to your home structure.
Recessed lights are embedded into the ceiling or walls of your home, and project light from a hole . This is a popular lighting choice for homes with small ceilings, as there’s no bulky fixture protruding and making your room feel even shorter. It’s also an extremely minimalistic look that generally “hides” your light bulb and can withstand the test of time; it’ll always look stylish and simple.
Recessed lighting is often used in kitchens or dining rooms in tandem with track or wall lights. It’s often a bright source of light and complements other more attractive but less powerful lighting features. Recessed lights are also a wise choice for lining hallways or to illuminate narrow spaces.
Track light systems can be used for all three types of lighting: ambient, accent and task. The reason these systems can create such diverse atmospheres is because the lights can be easily swapped out or rotated on the track itself.
Swivel and point your lights exactly where you’d like them, and use the number of fixtures you desire. Tracks can also hold long hanging pendants in addition to spotlights, for extra style and brightness.
Track lights are popular features for kitchens, living rooms or to perch above focal points like pictures. With curved track designs or traditional straight lines, you have the freedom to get creative with this type of lighting.
Chandeliers are elegant pieces that can add an elevated touch to any room. Depending on the size or weight of your chandelier, you’ll want to consider it’s location when drawing up your floor plan.
For instance, rooms with low ceilings might not be the ideal place for a chandelier. Other times, you’ll need an installation specialist to wire and secure one at a great height.
These lighting fixtures can be extremely rare and expensive, so you want to make sure you do the job right when installing one. Chandeliers can look quite sharp above dining room tables, in foyers or even in bathrooms.
Wall lights are mounted on or embedded into your wall. Sconces make charming accents in living rooms and bathrooms, and add a touch of light without overpowering your other fixtures.
Because wall lights require electricity behind the wall, you should consider these additions when making your floor plan so the appropriate wiring can be ran. Add wall lights on either side of your bed headboard to illuminate your end tables or mount one over your desk to function as a task spotlight.
Under Cabinet Lighting
Brighten up your kitchen countertops by adding under cabinet lighting. This is a difficult feature to denote on your floor plan, but be sure to tell your home builder that you’d like this add-on, as they’ll need to ensure you have outlets directly under your cabinetry or that wires can be run seamlessly into your shelves, plugging into hidden outlets.
Stick-on, battery operated lights do not achieve the same elegance or brightness as professionally installed under cabinet lights, so be sure to consider this solution for your kitchen or bathrooms before the build.
Let’s not overlook one last important lighting feature: outdoor lighting. Adding light to your back or front lawn might be something you forget to consider when laser-focused on your interior light design.
Ask your contractor how they can brighten up your yard or driveway to increase your curb appeal and extend your living space.
Choose the Right Home Builder
These are just a few of the most common lighting features for new homes, but there are other creative ways you can illuminate your space.
Your home builder can be an incredible asset for helping you choose the best lighting designs to complement your Florida home. Discover what makes us different and why people from all across the state trust us for their house construction.
Then, give us a call at 239-424-9995 to start building your dream home with SC Homes.