Lighting runs in Ricky Fischer’s blood. A lifelong lighting expert with more than 18 years of industry expertise, he harnesses his vast experience in lighting by finding the right products and solutions for clients nationally and internationally for award-winning lighting designer and manufacturer, Premium Lighting. Up-to-date with the latest trends and innovations, Fischer’s lighting knowledge is equal parts design nous and technical savvy.
Far from being purely practical, lighting has the potential to affect a room’s atmosphere. Too bright and it can impact your ability to relax; too dim and it will make working difficult – and a poorly chosen design will detract from the character of your space. Choosing the right lighting style and design, therefore, is imperative. Below are Ricky Fischer’s expert tips on getting your lighting just right.
How do you choose the perfect lighting for your home?
There are a lot of ways to light each room of a home depending on how the room will be used, the flexibility required in use, the ambience and much more. An open-plan living area can be bright and practical for cooking, set to mood lighting for a dinner party and dimmed for watching a movie. The options can be daunting. That’s why considered and proper planning is key to creatively and efficiently lighting your home.
Lighting is often thought of as the last piece of the puzzle in building a home but should be thought of as a crucial component to the big picture early on in the planning phase. Lighting can have a profound effect on architecture, mood and ambience and can ultimately not just light a room, but shape a space. There are a number of key considerations when planning the lighting for your home. The fixtures you decide on should complement the design scheme and architecture of your home. Consider colour temperature and how it effects the colour scheme of a room. Generally warm colour temperatures are suitable for living areas and bedrooms and cooler temperatures for bathrooms and kitchens but this is not a hard and fast rule.
Consider whether you have layers of light when planning your lighting. Layers play a crucial role in defining a space and providing multiple points of interest. The three key layers of lighting design are ambient, task and accent, with each playing a different role. Ambient lighting should be thought of as general lighting, task lighting as the name suggests is for directionally lighting tasks and accent lighting is for features and highlights.
How important is lighting to your home?
Effective lighting can make or a break a design scheme in a home. The most considered architecture, furniture and home decor won’t shine if it isn’t lit effectively. Here at Premium Lighting, we design products that bring every aspect of your home to life.
Lighting should complement your lifestyle and work with how you plan to use different rooms – whether it’s lighting a kitchen benchtop for preparing food or illuminating a bedside for reading.
Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration is all around us. In addition to the considerations above, think about unexpected ways to light a room or outdoor area. Create visual interest by installing fixtures in wall niches and underneath kitchen islands for accent lighting or using directional wall lights to create wall washes for ambient lighting instead of traditional downlighting.
Lighting is a design feature in itself – it helps define the style of a space, and it sets the mood and tone, even when off. Pendants traditionally used as a feature can be used unconventionally as reading lights in a main bedroom or hanging in a main bathroom.
How you light your home is only limited by your creativity and imagination. Get inspired and take your home design to the next level.
What are the benefits of LED lighting?
LED technology has come a long way in recent years and with them, these innovations have brought improved benefits in sustainability, efficiency and cost to homeowners. An LED product uses approximately 85 per cent less energy than traditional forms of lighting, making them substantially more cost-effective to run. Most LED products have a lifespan of 30,000 hours or more, which is eight to ten times longer than traditional lighting. With this longer lifespan comes little to no maintenance.”
What should you watch out for when seeking lighting for your home?
There is a wealth of information out there about design trends, LED technology, quality, efficiency and more. To ensure you are being recommended the right solution for you, always ask your lighting consultant questions. There are a lot of products on the market that range in quality, price and lifespan.
It’s important to ask questions about the quality and origin of the LED chips in an LED product, to enquire about the lifespan of a product and the length of the offered warranty, and to find out whether an LED product is Australian-certified.”
What ’s on the horizon?
2016 is looking to bring an abundance of exciting new design trends and innovation to the market. As technology continues to develop, how lighting connects with home automation is bringing amazing innovation to the industry. With a smart phone, homeowners can now control their lighting from anywhere, create timing cycles and even set music to correspond with certain lighting settings. Sunset dimming is an intriguing new innovation that is just coming onto the market that allows for not only dimming of brightness but gradual adjustment of colour temperature.
Flexibility not only in usage but in direction is increasingly in demand. Adjustable downlights provide flexibility in application, while striking surface-mounted luminaires can be freely rotated to provide ambient lighting, task lighting or even accent lighting.
As chrome has slowly reached saturation point in recent years for feature lighting, alternate metallic finishes are growing in popularity. Gold, gunmetal and copper are being seen more and more in application – offering a luxurious look with a twist. Beyond pendant and feature lighting, these metallic accents are being seen in wall lights and even trimless recessed luminaires.
3 Top Tips
Measure twice, cut once’ rings true when planning lighting for your home. Careful planning is important to make sure provisions are in place prior to installation.
Identify activities that go on in each room – no two rooms are the same. Consider the mood or ambience for each space and whether you require soft, ambient lighting or brighter, bolder lighting.
Seek professional advice from lighting consultants about quality luminaires and layouts. They can help you select an appropriate style of lighting for each room of your home to ensure your lights make the right statement, as well as provide the lighting solution you require.