Leave dark kitchen counters and poor vanity lighting behind by avoiding these lighting no-nos
The counters in this kitchen designed by Rittenhouse Builders are well-lit by pendant lights and undercabinet lights, but many kitchens suffer from having more light shining down on the floor than on countertops where it’s needed most.
Adding well-positioned recessed lights, pendant lights above islands and undercabinet lighting are among the ways to ensure your kitchen work areas have enough light.
How to Properly Light Your Kitchen Counters
It is not hard to get good light at a bathroom vanity — just think about backstage makeup mirrors that position lights at face level. When placing lights at a vanity, it’s best to avoid harsh light from above that will create deep shadows under your eyes and chin.
This stylish master bathroom by TMS Architects includes a double vanity with a trio of shaded wall sconces that provide a soft glow at just the right height.
Many bedrooms have a lighting layout that features a ceiling fan in the center of the room and a recessed can light in each corner. This common geometric layout, seen in the illustration above, often results in light shining where it’s not needed and leaving more frequented areas of the bedroom in the dark.
Our eyes adjust all day long and our lighting should too. There’s no reason for our lighting choices to be only “on” or “off.” Add dimmers and controls to get the most out of your lighting and set the right mood for the right time.
This rustic living room by Zoske Construction provides a great example of the value of dimmers. The space was photographed at dusk — a time of day that’s often too dark for no lights at all and not dark enough for lights to be turned all the way up.
Drywall is often the least expensive surface in a room, but it is often where light hits the most. Instead, position lights to selectively illuminate other details such as molding, arches and shelves that will draw your attention to something of interest.