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Lighting design & budgets

Your home’s artificial lighting will require careful planning early on to make the most of opportunities, says Tim Doherty

Most of us struggle to get the quality, frequency and variety of artificial lighting ideally balanced in our homes, especially if these decisions are being made late in the chaos of a building site. It’s quite an art to get your artificial illumination right – an illthought through design reliant on the ubiquitous recessed spotlight and dimmer switch combination is unlikely to produce an aesthetically pleasing result. So it’s much better to have help early on, carefully considering how every individual room will be used at different times throughout the day and perhaps working up mood boards.

Measuring light

Manufacturers will label bulbs (known as lamps by the trade) in terms of the products’ Lumen output, Lux intensity and their Kelvin shade/warmth. These are how different elements of the light is measured: brightness in Lumens; and intensity (or spread per m2) in Lux. To put this into context, 800 Lumens generally does well to replicate normal daylight inside the home. The Kelvin (K) scale works to identify the tone of the light, with the warmer yellow/orange tints set at around 2,000K-3,000K and colder white/blue hues at 4,000K-8,000K.

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Inside the October edition of Build It magazine: - Smart Homes special: How tech can simplify your lifestyle - Beginner's guide to winning planning permission - Extension costs guide - Passivhaus: Does it make sense for eco renovations? - How to knock through walls & open up space - Building contracts explained - Underloor heating innovations ... and more!