To get the proper home lighting takes some planning. You have to make sure that it’s not too bright and not too dim. For advice from an expert call Ring Electric Inc. at (613)299-8239 for a FREE quote on your lighting in your Ottawa home!
Only when you get it wrong will you notice that you feel uncomfortable. It’s easy to design lighting that is safe, attractive and pleasant to work in when you know the right steps to take.
The two most common types of lighting found in the home are incandescent and fluorescent. Incandescent light is warm and yellow, and is preferred for most general task lighting.
It can also be controlled by dimmer switches to allow better regulation of the amount of light from a given fixture. On the down side, incandescenthome lighting is one of the least energy efficient forms of lighting, and also produces a substantial amount of heat.
Fluorescent light is soft and diffuses well over a larger area than incandescent, producing virtually shadow-free light. It is more economical to operate than incandescent light, producing three to five times as much light from the same wattage.
Fluorescent home lighting is naturally white, but tube coatings can be used to create a warmer, less harsh light. The tubes also produce virtually no heat during operation, but dimmer control is limited and comparatively expensive.
There are three basic levels of home lighting, depending on the location and the desired use of the lighted area. Low level lighting, such as that for TV watching or general relaxing, should be in the 40-to-60-watt range for an incandescent light, or 16 to 22 watts for fluorescents.
Moderate level lighting is common for short term use, or for easy-seeing applications like eating, exercising, and other general tasks. It is typically in the range of 120 to 150 watts (combined in one or more fixtures), or about 30 to 44 watts of fluorescent light.
The third level is high, for prolonged use or tasks where seeing is difficult, such as reading fine print or doing intricate hobbies. This level calls for approximately 180 to 300 watts of incandescent light, or 45 watts and greater of fluorescent light.