How to light your space
On the whole, lighting a room comes down to personal preference. Yet, there are some general rules of thumb you can follow to get the very best from your lights. We’ve gathered these together below to help you on your way.
Height and distance
We’ve already written about how to hang pendant lights over here
. But what about wall lights and surface-mounted spotlights?
Let’s start with wall lights.
On an open wall (one without anything else mounted on it), we’d recommend installing your wall lights around 170cm from the base of the shade to the floor.
However, if there’s anything else already on your wall – like a clock, or artwork – generally speaking, you’ll want to keep the centre of the shade in line with the centre of the object.
Measurements aside, the key thing to avoid is glare from the exposed bulb. By keeping the top of the shade at eye level, or slightly above (when standing), you should do just that.
Of course, there’ll be situations where you’ll want your wall lights lower down – such as on either side of a mirror. The light that’s cast here needs to be even, glare free and flattering. To achieve this, drop your lights so that the centre of each shade sits at eye level.
When it comes to spacing your wall lights, we’d suggest aiming to keep them around 250-300cm away from each other, although again, this will depend on the size of your space.
As for spotlights, keep them one metre from where the ceiling meets the wall to avoid shadows. And to work out the spacing for ceiling mounting, simply divide your ceiling height by two to get the right distance.