LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE
PROPERTY GURU AND CITY DWELLER MAGAZINE COLUMNIST CHRISTINE YORATH TELLS US ALL WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROPERTY LIGHTING
The value of good lighting in any internal or external scheme cannot be overestimated.
Do you ever drive by a home and notice how welcoming and cosy it looks? I notice that too but
I also sometimes see into houses where the lighting is cold and harsh and looks as if it is no more than a central flex with a light bulb and a shade and is totally lacking in imagination! It leaves me feeling cold and with no desire to see anything further.
When I built 18 luxury apartments at 19 Wellington Street some years ago I achieved the highest selling prices Leeds had seen for residential apartments and I would like to think that was partly due to the very high specification included in the interior fit out however I also won an architectural award for the lighting scheme I installed to the external facade of the listed building which I had done in such a careful way that light did not pollute the apartment interiors but enhanced the elevation and fenestration. I also carefully considered the lighting throughout each apartment. Soon
after that I built Concept in Chapel Allerton and being a contemporary building installed a very modern external lighting scheme introducing some colour. Recently a small WC was transformed in to a place of glamour by using a barrel vaulted ceiling with LED strip lights at the top of the walls plus some low level tiny spotlights and a larger house bathroom now has mirror lights (tiny) installed above and below the large mirror and at low level around the walls for good illumination and relaxation.
Good lighting should highlight attractive features and make a space easier to use at the same time as making the occupant feel comfortable. The function of the space has to be considered when deciding on lighting installations. Many spaces in modern homes are multifunctional which is where programmable lighting controls come into their own and have come down in cost considerably over the years.
Remote control, colour changing LED lighting is now very reasonably priced and great for tricky effects, such as the one I used around a headboard.
Stair lighting is another attractive and yet effective way of using light as is concealed lighting in coving around a room.
There is such a fabulous wide range of light fitting options available for professional installation that there is no excuse for a length cable, a bulb and shade to be the lighting “scheme “of any room!
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