How To Light Up Your Loft Conversion
The kind of lighting you choose for your loft space will largely depend on the type of loft conversion you have and how much natural light you have in the room.
A dormer loft conversion lets optimum light into the room as dormer windows have a roof of their own and are a traditional vertical window.
Natural lighting is the best way of making your loft space look bigger. Having large windows – if space allows – will ensure you bring in as much natural light as possible, creating a light and airy space. Plus it will keep your energy bills lower as you won’t have to rely as much on artificial lighting. Velux – or classic skylight – windows can also help lighten up your loft room as well as adding character to the space.
You can get creative to gain extra light and floor to ceiling windows and French doors onto balconies bring a lot of extra light into a room, as well as being an eye-catching feature – especially if there is a stunning view to look out onto.
However, if natural light is in short supply, artificial lighting can also help to create mood and atmosphere as well as enhancing your colour scheme or theme for your loft space.
Creating a relaxed mood with lighting
If you have converted your loft space into a master bedroom and ensuite bathroom to create a peaceful room away from the rest of the house, then recessed downlights offer a space-saving solution that provides relaxed ambient illumination. Warm white bulbs will provide a softer light than bright or ice white.
Light up neutral walls
If you are using a neutral colour palette to decorate the main walls then think about adding splashes of colour with table lamps and a matching hanging ceiling light. Rich, jewel-coloured fabric shades look striking and, when the light is switched on, add a luxuriant, warm feel to the space. Semi-flush fittings are idea for lower ceilings.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
When you’re thinking about lighting don’t forget that mirrors can also help to ‘open up’ a small space. Combine the two, for example, in an illuminated bathroom cabinet and you have storage, lighting and a mirror in one!
It’s worth looking for suitable light fittings for bathrooms, and wet rooms that are fire rated and will withstand a damp and steamy environment.
Work, rest, and play
If your loft conversion has been designed for a practical purpose such as a home office choose lighting that helps you work comfortably. Desk lights can take up valuable space so consider a wall mounted option. An angle poise can double up as a ‘spotlight’ during the day and help light up dark corners at night.
Creating a space for the kids to play in or for teenagers to retreat to is a common use for loft conversions and there are many funky, modern lighting options to choose from. If you’re creating a luxurious home cinema room then both wall and ceiling lights can be effective and can be coloured for an original look and feel…and added atmosphere!
Light up and down
If your loft conversion is suffering from a lack of natural light halogen lights are known for their brightness. Be aware that they can get very hot so fitting them in the ceiling is the best place to keep them out of the way.
Dimmer switches allow you to control the lighting levels in your room. If your loft conversion is a bedroom then having the switch fitted next to your bed is a good place as you can easily change the setting without having to get out of bed.
Another low-light option is low-energy lights which can be a great way to save money on your energy bills. They gradually burn brighter the longer they’re left on. The Energy Saving Trust sets best practice standards for lighting that cover energy efficiency and other quality aspects.
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