Custom light fittings for your custom home
When it comes to choosing light fittings for a luxury home, there are several ways you can tackle the project. Of course with Exclusive Residence’s S2F process you will have guidance from top interior designers and a professional lighting designer, but in general, these are the considerations you should make.
1. Form vs Function
When building a custom luxury home in Perth, there are some things you will choose because they work well, and others because they simply look so good. When choosing lighting, it can be a fine balance between the two.
Carefully planning your light selection will help you to make the most of attractive fittings and functionality. For example, feature and task lighting are very different. Above your kitchen counters or in your garage workshop, you want task lighting – illumination that is directed and powerful, and that will help you to see everything you need to.
Feature lighting is about creating a focal point in the room. Whether this means deer antler chandeliers or stainless steel track lighting with LED lights, will all come down to your personal preferences. One thing’s for sure though – no home is complete without some feature lighting.
2. Soft lighting and better energy ratings
Accent lighting is a whole different game. This soft, diffuse illumination is often found in cove lighting or under bench tops or cabinets, softy radiating over crown mouldings and curtain valances to create an opulent feel.
A well laid-out plan for where and how to light up your life in your new home will mean that you have the right kind of illumination for every scenario in your new custom home. A professional lighting designer will produce a lighting design for your custom home prior to submitting for a building permit, to ensure your new house meets the six start energy rating criteria.
According to the Department of Industry and Science, your lighting will account for 8-15 per cent of your household electricity budget, so make sure to choose wisely, considering your energy use over time as well as the initial cost. At Exclusive Residence, we have found that LED lighting works well in most situations.
LED lighting is advantageous in many ways. It produces less heat, which in turn wastes less energy, and the bulbs last much longer. These types of lights also make illuminated objects and rooms look better because they have a high colour rendering index value, according to the Department of Industry and Science.