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The joys of beautiful light sparks - 8 bright tips
The joys of beautiful light sparks - 8 bright tips
Judith Günther
03. August 2018
Judith Günther

What would our home be without light? Finding the right luminaire is not an easy task. Therefore, we have compiled 8 helpful suggestions for the way to the lighting of your dreams.

1.     Beginnings are always difficult

There are many luminaires on the market - optimal light planning starts long before purchasing a luminaire, however. You should plan for enough outlets already during the building phase. If you move into a finished apartment or house without wall or ceiling outlets, that is not a reason to panic: Most lamps can be connected to power outlets, and floor or table luminaires can produce enough light as well.

2.     The height is what matters

Finally, you have found the perfect pendant luminaire! The following help is ideal to avoid glare: A pendant luminaire should be installed about 80 cm above the dining table and 2 m above the floor.

3.     What schnitzels and luminaires have in common

Imagine your room as the main dish made up of various components:

  • The main part – the schnitzel – is the basic lighting. It ensures that you can enter a room without hitting the furniture.
  • The fries are the useful light that helps us do our daily work (working light). Cutting vegetables, brushing teeth or reading books are part of every day, just like fries belong with a schnitzel.
  • Finally, the cranberries and ketchup are added. The schnitzel would still be tasty without them, but boring. It is similar with rooms. Light can be used to set accents, bring out interesting items (e.g. pictures or a plant) or set decorative highlights. This is called accent lighting.

4.     Together instead of lonely

Who likes to be alone? Many luminaire designs are now available as "families". You will be able to get a suspended, table, floor, wall and ceiling luminaire in the same design, for example. Pay attention to the common theme.

5.     True to your colours

You will no longer have to deal with the annoyance of having to get up from the couch. Invest in lamps that you can control on your mobile phone or by remote control. Usually, you will be able to do more than just turn the luminaires on and off: They can also be smoothly dimmed and colours can be changed to ensure an optimal ambience.

6.     Go big

Of course, it would be great if you could give a room a special flair with a Picasso or a Ming vase. You can get things more cheaply, too. Large luminaires can be perfect eye-catchers. However, you should not overdo it: a pendant luminaire should not have a diameter exceeding 1/12 of the room width.

7.     The early bird catches the light

We offer help for everyone who finds it hard to get out of bed in the morning. When the sun rises, our body produces vitamin D3 and serotonin – the "happy hormone". It wakes us up and makes us happy. When the sun sets, we produce the sleep hormone melatonin that makes us sleepy. We can reproduce this effect at home. You can influence your body with different light colours. We experience warm-white light as cosy. It slowly makes us tired. Cold-white light simulates daylight. It makes is awake and we are more attentive.

8.     Invisible visibility

You come home from work at night. The driveway is dark. The path to the house door is growing longer and longer. Your hands start to sweat. Did something move there? What was that sound? Suddenly, the light comes on. You take a deep breath and unlock your door with a feeling of safety. Outdoor luminaires with motion detectors are a simple way to feel safer.

This advice has hopefully brought light into the dark for you – You are now ready for a perfectly lit home.

Judith Günther
Judith Günther
Kreativer Kopf, Analytikerin, Mädchen für Alles – im EGLO Produktmanagement war ich für die Betreuung von Leuchtenfamilien, Hänge- & Pendelleuchten verantwortlich.

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