Indoor lighting – create points of light in your home
We all have different perceptions of what home comfort is, and here lighting plays a major role. Light is not just light – light helps to create atmosphere, and that is why it is important to have the right lighting indoors. If you are sitting in a good armchair with an exciting book, spending hours at the dining table in the company of good friends, working hard at your desk, or reading bedtime stories in the children's room. All of these activities require the appropriate lighting in order for the atmosphere to be just right.
At Nordlux we offer a wide range of indoor lighting. We make a point of staying up-to-date on the requirements of the home, and we develop lamps that can meet these needs. We follow developments in, for example, LED technology, an area characterised by constant changes and improvements to the LED bulbs we know.
Another important factor is where and how the lights are placed indoors. The placement of the lamps matters greatly to achieving just the right yield of light.
Read more here and get architect Henrik Bønnelycke’s best advice on lighting:
What is the best starting point for creating good lighting in the home?
In order to create the right lighting for a home, it is important that considerations of light are involved in the building process as early as possible. But not everything can be arranged in advance. One must also live in the house and be open to the idea that lighting is an ongoing process – lamps must be able to be moved, added, and removed.
How do you know whether the lighting is right?
One knows whether one should do something about current lighting conditions by asking a relevant question: "Do I enjoy being here? Does the light diffuse nicely? Am I relaxed? Does the light reach this corner? Is there enough light, if I want to read?" Of course, changes to the lighting should only be made if ‘no’ is the answer to one or more of these questions.
Should there be cold or warm light in the home?
Choose a warm light for above the dining table, for example, 2700-3000 degrees kelvin, and a colder, more true to colour light for the bathroom by the mirror, for example, 3000-4000 degrees kelvin. Preferably with light coming from both sides. It is also fine if home work lamps have a slightly colder light – up to 4000 degrees kelvin, which mimics daylight. The package specifies which colour of light is emitted by the light source.
How high should lamps hang?
Many people hang their lamps too high. We see it often in children's rooms, where many people have an idea that a lamp should illuminate the entire room and therefore it needs to be hung high. Instead, I suggest that you use multiple lamps so there are lights for different purposes. When hanging lamps over the dining room table, it seems that many think that, "we should be able to see each other". A good rule is to hang lights 50 and
70 centimetres over the dining table – this is more than high enough. It's actually very rare that you need to hang a dining table lamp more than 60 centimetres.
How close should lamps hang above the dining room table?
In many homes, a centrally placed pendant lamp hangs over the dining room table, or with three smaller pendant lamps evenly distributed above the table. Often the lamps are hung with too much distance between them – as three spots in the air rather than a unit. I suggest moving pendants together so they hang as a group of two, three or more depending on the length of the table. If the lamps are 20-25 cm in diameter, I would hang them with a distance from the center of the cord to the center of the cord of about 30-35 centimetres.
What about the lamp cords over the dining room table?
If for example you have three lamps and an outlet, I recommend using a power strip that is shielded from the ceiling so that it becomes part of the lamps. If you are not into power strips, you can feed all three cords from the ceiling rose into a ‘swan neck’ hook, if necessary. The cords should not be fastened to the ceiling with a stick-on tray or hidden in other ways, for they will not recede from sight. They should just hang loose in a soft arc, otherwise there is the risk of becoming far more obvious.