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Design Tip : Highlighting

A strategically placed lamp can light up a dark corner and highlight the things you love. Like this Gatto Piccolo lamp from Flos in our Paris Annex Loft, lighting up a font clock from Established and Sons and a vintage camera.

Photo : Josh Dunford

Lighting Tip : Multiple Light Source

Most rooms and spaces have multiple purposes, so we want to make sure we have multiple light sources for each.

Light from the ceiling is great for general or ambient lighting – recessed, track and ceiling lights. But overhead lighting can cast shadows and that doesn’t help us look our best… By adding light sources close to eye level we will look better, but more importantly, we will feel more comfortable. Wall sconces, pendants, floor lamps are great for standing height, and table lamps for when we’re seated.

Task lights like reading lamps, bathroom sconces at eye level (one on each side is best) and under cabinet lighting target light exactly where we want it. Accent lighting for art or architectural emphasis help create a more dramatic feeling space.

In this home, we placed two glowing lamps on the deck which draw the eye beyond the end of the sitting area and make it feel larger. Just like a deer-in-the-headlights our eyes are drawn to anything that glows.

LED lightbulbs produce very little heat compared to incandescent bulbs, so it’s possible to have just the right amount of light without overheating a space. A huge benefit in south facing rooms or any area where we want light but want to control the temperature.

Lighting Tip : Use Dimmers Everywhere

Dimmers give us the ultimate flexibility when we design the lighting for a room. At full strength lights are bright enough for working and cleaning, but when dimmed down they create a softer atmosphere for entertaining and relaxing.

We always specify dimmer switches for construction and renovations. Changing out an existing wall switch to one with a dimmer is relatively straightforward (we recommend consulting a professional to help navigate the computability of switches, fixtures and bulbs). If you’re changing the switch, change out the cover plate to a screw-less option like the one below for a cleaner look.

Floor and table lamps can be professionally rewired with dimmer switches, or simply use a dimmer cord like that plugs into the wall.

Philips has a large selection of dimmable LED lightbulbs. MR16 and GU10, candelabra, PAR spots & floods and the standard A19 base bulbs all have dimmable LED equivalents. As with any lighting and electrical make sure to check compatability of light fixtures, bulbs and switches.

An added benefit of dimming: you use even less energy when the lights aren’t at full strength.



Lighting Tip : Light Tabletops and Countertops

Chandeliers and pendants can add a great sculptural feature over dining tables and kitchen islands – but not all direct light down towards the table surface, making it difficult to see what your eating or cutting.

Choose a pendant that has some downlight like this Josephine pendant by Jaime Hayon. Alternatively, add a few recessed fixtures to direct light down to the tabletop if the light from the chandelier or pendant isn’t enough.

Since people gravitate towards glowing lamps or surfaces that glow, make sure there is enough glowing light in the places you want people to gather.

Lighting Tip : Take Cues From Natural Light

Before electricity light basically came from the sun, fires and candles. To keep us comfortable, we take cues from natural light when putting together a lighting plan. The principle is pretty simple to follow so the next time you’re in a room where the lighting seems off (or you can’t see…) one of these tips could likely solve the problem.

It’s easier to work with the bright light from the sun – which is why we like a lot of ambient light, usually from above, in rooms where people move around as they work: kitchens, craft rooms, offices, work shops.

We gravitate towards the warmth and security of a fireplace. Glowing lamps provide exactly the same effect.

Candles provide flexibility for lighting targeted areas: wall sconces for vanity mirrors (one for each side is best), reading lamps, architectural accent lighting and lighting for art and objects. Just like candles, a few of them dimmed to lower levels make a room feel quiet and intimate.

LED light bulbs emit the same soft light as incandescent bulbs and are available in the same colour temperatures that we are used to. Until we started our relationship with Philips we didn’t realise just how many different LED bulbs were available from candles, to globes and more.

Lighting Tip : Light the Things You Love

Paintings, sculptures, furniture, photographs, books… any favourite thing deserves to be well lit. Great lighting lets you appreciate the things you love more and helps you show them off to others.

We used a series of track lighting for the art wall, a spot light for the console, a small glowing lamp between a clock and camera on the bookshelf and a reading light that casts a highlighting beam on the sculptural armchair and side table.

Since LEDs don’t emit UV light, so they wont’ fade furniture, fabric, art and paint.