Home Lighting Fixtures - Installation Guidelines
Practical considerations for home lighting fixtures
When installing home lighting fixtures, there are some practicalities which need to be considered. If you are planning major electrical installations you should have your wiring checked by a professional. This is particularly important in old houses as they may not have the capacity to meet modern requirements.
Interior home lighting has moved on from a single central pendant light source supplemented by a few lamps. Electrical work is governed by strict regulations so it is better to use a qualified electrician who is aware of these.
Check that you have enough power points in each room to avoid overloading and ending up with trailing extension leads everywhere. Consider what each room will be used for and make sure that you have appropriate task lighting as well as general lighting. For instance, bedrooms may need reading lights installed near the bed. Choose home lighting fixtures that are appropriate for the space you are lighting. For instance a chandelier would not work in a small study, intended for working. Light surfaces reflect more light than dark ones. Lighting controls are an important part of lighting design and each light source should have its own control.
Check that the home lighting fixture is safe to use in the environment where you intend to use it. For instance bathroom light fixtures should be UL stamped as suitable for ‘damp’ places. Fixtures for exterior use should be UL stamped for ‘wet’ locations. UL stands for Underwriters’ Laboratories Inc, an independent testing laboratory, and any home lighting fixture you buy should have a UL stamp. Take care not to position light fixtures too close to the ceiling, or to flammable materials.