Choosing the right lights



Six common mistakes to avoid when buying lighting



Choosing lighting can be a minefield, but with a little thought and knowledge, the right lighting can really enhance the space and complete the look of any room. Here, we explore some of the more common lighting mistakes that customers make when buying lighting and explain how to avoid them.



Choosing the wrong type of light
To create ambiance, it’s important to choose lighting that helps create the right mood. If you have only allowed for pendant ceiling lights you may need to buy lamps to soften the effect, so consider whether you have space for wall lights or more subtle lighting around pictures, furniture or skirting boards. If you’re looking for more functional task lighting, there are a wide range of lighting solutions that are available to meet your specific needs, what’s important is that you know what’s out there so you can make an informed decision.



Ignoring the cost of running your lighting
While it’s relatively easy to install new lighting around your home, it might prove costly in the long term if you fit too many lights that you don’t really need or use bulbs with an unsuitable energy rating. Try to plan your lighting based on the use of each space and then you’ll avoid having unnecessary lighting in any one area.



Forgetting to think about accessories
The size and shape of lighting accessories is extremely important when updating your lighting, as you want to avoid having something that is too large or small for the surrounding space. There’s a wide choice available from premium lighting specialists like SND Lighting. If possible, talk to a lighting specialist who can advise you on the most suitable fixtures for your room.



Putting lights in the wrong place
When planning a room, consider the placement of all wall lights and lamps. Also consider the wall colour and how this will interact with the light. There’s nothing worse than getting to the end of a room design and realising that the lack of suitable lighting spoils the look. Consider whether the exact placement of each light is functional and aesthetically pleasing. Does it enhance the area and create the right mood?



Not planning the installation properly
One of the golden rules of interior design is to plan and prepare before you start work. Never install lighting without planning first what equipment and materials you need, even if it’s a small job. Think about where the lights are going to be positioned and how they can be tested for safety. Lighting should be fitted by a qualified electrical contractor. 



Scrimping on the accessories 
If you're purchasing quality lighting, it’s important to buy accessories to go with it. It might cost a little more initially, but remember, your lighting will last for years, so you’ll want it to stand up to regular use. Using poor-quality accessories will also ruin the overall effect in your room, so always go for the best you can afford.