Monday, 29 April 2013

Task lighting tips for kid's rooms.

Task lighting is all about creating enough light to complete activities like homework or reading without straining to in a kid's room is quite an important feature...and there's something quite reassuring about the soft glow of a bedside lamp welcoming you to bed with a good book.

And it's so easy to sort out...!
As with any interior project, it's best to draw out a plan detailing what you're likely to need before committing to the work...this doesn't need to be complicated, a simple sketch will do...showing existing light fittings, sockets and switches along with any proposed additions you want to make...

Desk lamps are the most popular form of task lighting as the light source can be adjusted and focused easily....think classic Anglepoise type lamps for this.

In September 2012, the traditional tungsten bulbs were finally phased out and replaced by energy-efficient bulbs...I still don't have my head round this new system but here's a couple of facts that may help...
There's three types of energy-efficient bulbs...CFL's are the most common with LED's being the most expensive and most energy efficient!
The third type is Halogen, these are the cheapest and least efficient...but can be easily used with a dimmer switch.
The levels of light from any bulb are now measured in 'lumens' rather than the old 'watts'....use bulbs of about 500 lumens for task lighting.

Maximize the use of natural light where possible and at night combine task lamps with more ambient lighting, such as ceiling pendants, to avoid stark contrasts.

Look out for more 'witty' lamps for a kid's room...animal shapes are are more modern classics like this Philippe Starck 'Miss Sissy' numerous shades for any colour-scheme.

Floor lamps are another flexible solution that can stand behind a comfy reading chair out of the way.

Clip-on lights are great for kids on the move...they can be used at a desk or the bed...and some even clip onto the book itself for secret bedtime reading after official 'lights-out'...


Be mindful of trailing cables if you're introducing free-standing lamps...if cables can't be tucked well out of the way you may need to consider adding extra sockets at the planning stage or use wall lamps, however, these are a fairly inflexible choice should you wish to make layout changes in the future.

Have fun with your lighting plan, think of future issues as best you can and be flexible with your choices. By creating a comfortable and relaxing environment for your little ones to read in, you'll be encouraging their love of books for years to come....

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