Make Residential Interiors Shine with Superior Lighting Design
Everything Looks Better in the Right Light
GHT Group is committed to bringing the best in home technology solutions to the finest residences in metro Atlanta. One of the areas that we think adds the most value to your home and lifestyle is lighting. Mastering the balance of natural and artificial lighting in your spaces makes significant contributions to your home’s functionality, beauty, and even your well-being.
Great lighting design is what turns a house into a spectacular residence. Even a home with the best furnishings and design can be let down by subpar lighting. In the paragraphs below, we’ll give you some of our favorite ideas on residential lighting design to make your Johns Creek, GA house into the home you’ve always envisioned.
Striking a Balance
We've often discussed the ability of light to set an ambiance and mood. Lighting has a tremendous impact on how people react to a space and how comfortable they are in it. Lighting should be thought of in two parts: natural and artificial. Both affect a room, as light interplays differently with various surfaces, materials, and finishes. You want to avoid merely adding incredible brightness to a room, as it may miss many opportunities to highlight the great and minimize the not-so-good aspects of the space. Think of lighting as layers, each with their purpose. Ambient lighting is functional, like ceiling can downlights, that provides a base level. Accent lighting is used to highlight architectural details, features, or unique furnishings and art. Feature lighting is decorative lighting like pendants, sconces, and table and floor lamps. Some feature lighting might double as functional task lighting as well.
Understanding Color Temperature
Color temperature and rendering are a critical part of lighting. Lighting can be "cool" to "warm," which is measured in Kelvins (K). For example, low, warm candlelight is around 1500K, and bright, cold light – think office overhead lighting – can be around 6500K. Most residential lighting is in between these two depending on the room and its uses.
While many people are familiar with color temperature, color rendering may be less so. The Color Rendering Index (CRI) measures a light source's ability to reproduce the color of a surface accurately. The index runs from 0-100, and a score of 90 or above means that the light accurately depicts true color.
The latest lighting technology lets you control the color temperature. It's known as tunable lighting and refers to LED lighting that can change color temperature according to your desires, or even switch to primary and mixed colors. This lighting is ideal for ambiance and provides wellness benefits by matching our natural circadian rhythms – how humans react to different types of light.
You want methods to mix the different lighting layers discussed here for aesthetics, function, and energy conservation. The best way to do that is with automated lighting control and motorized shading and window treatments. The combination of these two smart home solutions allows you to have fine control of light, create the right blend of lighting for any occasion or task, and harness the power of natural light for beauty, efficiency, and well-being.
Discover all the ways great lighting design can elevate your home. Contact us here to learn more about residential lighting solutions or click the chatbox below to connect with one of our experts quickly. We look forward to working with you!