Light it Up! A Beginner’s Guide to Awesome Apartment Lighting

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Light it Up! A Beginner’s Guide to Awesome Apartment Lighting


Light it Up! A Beginner’s Guide to Awesome Apartment Lighting

Just like high street changing rooms, modern apartments aren’t exactly known for their thoughtful lighting schemes. Walk into any apartment in the UK and you’ll most likely be greeted by the harsh glow of unevenly spaced halogen spotlights. Bad lighting doesn’t just affect our mood, it can make our homes feel and look dated too.

To help you avoid the most common apartment lighting mistakes, here are three simple tips to help you turn your apartment into the light, bright paradise you’ve always dreamed of.

1. Use dimmers

Dimmer switches are a must-have, especially if you live in a small apartment and you don’t have the space (or budget) for multiple floor and table lamps. Not only are they fairly cheap to buy and have installed, they’re amazing for creating a relaxed atmosphere in an instant.

2. Layer light

The secret to perfect apartment lighting is layering. By using a selection of different light sources – table lamps, floor lamps, and wall lights for example – you’ll be able to create more atmosphere and ensure that there’s always light where you need it.

Want to create the perfect layered lighting design in your apartment? The three main types of lighting you’ll need are:

  • Ambient: Ambient lighting is the all-purpose light you use day to day to get things done. Ambient lighting is usually the first thing you’ll flick on when you first get home from work or wake up in the morning. Think pendants and downlights.
  • Accent: Accent lighting is used to subtly enhance certain areas of your home. Used correctly, accent lighting can add real depth to a room. Think wall lights and strategically positioned floor and table lamps.
  • Task: Task lighting is the light that helps us get those little fiddly tasks and chores done without straining our eyes too much. Think desk lamps and the lights above your bathroom mirror. Combining the three lighting sources above will help you to create a beautifully balanced lighting scheme in your apartment. Don’t forget to have fun and experiment a little!

3. Colour temperature

Have you ever flicked the lights on at home in the evening and felt weirdly exposed, as though you’re drowning in a sea of unflattering light? The colour temperature of your light bulbs could be to blame. Colour temperature is measured in Kelvins (K) on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000. Generally speaking, the lower the figure, the warmer the light. Candlelight has a colour temperature of around 2,000K.

Here’s an overview to help you pick out the best bulbs for your needs:

  • 2700K: Very soft warm light, use if you want a cosy, inviting glow. Ideal for bedrooms and ambient lighting.
  • 3500K: Warm white, most halogen light are this colour temperature. Ideal for bedrooms, living rooms and in bathrooms if you prefer a more flattering light.
  • 4100K: Cool white, gives a more clinical feel. Use in kitchens and work areas to help you stay alert.
  • 6500K: Daylight white, simulates natural daylight. Great for task lighting.

We hope these tips were helpful. Now go and transform your apartment.

About the author

Ian Holbrook is the founder of Premier Lampshades – the British home of handmade fabric lampshades.

12 thoughts on “Light it Up! A Beginner’s Guide to Awesome Apartment Lighting”

  1. Marcela says:

    Thank you, for this informative article. I have learned something new.

  2. Melissa says:

    Great tips!

    xx, Melissa

  3. kenny says:

    Great tips. I love all these tips

  4. Rach says:

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Rena says:

    Thanks a lot for the helpful tips!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  6. Sandra says:

    Such a great post! I can use this when I’m moving this year, thank you <3 –

  7. carolina vega alvarez says:

    great post!! I need a place like this one

    kisses dear

  8. Rakel says:

    Gracias Carolina, un besazo!

  9. Jessi Malay says:

    These are all such great tips for improving lighting in an apartment! Thanks so much for sharing girl 🙂

    XO Jessi,

  10. the adventurer says:

    What an interesting post! I must admit I do love natural light the most =o)

  11. Rakel says:

    Thank you so much! Natural light is the best 🙂

  12. E.C says:

    I always wondered what the light numbers in Ks indicated. Thank you bery much for whating this information. Now I can go and buy some 6500k lights for my kitchen and bathroom.

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