Develop a plan
To start with, draw a plan of your room on a piece of graph paper. It is necessary to figure out the areas that are the best to install the lights. Also you may use some 3D modeling applications available online, either free or paid. Usually paid apps have more advanced options which are best for professionals but may confuse the ordinary user. We'll make a review of such apps in our other articles, and now let's return to making a plan of perfect interior lighting.
- Mark the interior features that cannot be moved like windows, doors, some niches, or fireplace if you have one.
- Flag all the existing electrical outlets. There is insufficient amount of sockets in most of houses and apartments. This lack of outlets is very unsafe as overloaded plugs may cause shortcut circuit.
- Mark a direction where people will be facing in the room. Draw the arrows towards the windows (if someone loves reading), TV set, a table for work, etc.
- Flag the areas where the furniture will be placed. Mark sofas, couches, beds, cabinets, tables, chairs, closets, etc.
- Be logical while determining where to locate the light switches. Look at the entry and exit points of your apartments and try to make the access to the switches as convenient as possible, or else you'll end up groping around for the switch in the dark each day.
Beware of making your plan too complicated. You can use a single light for several tasks by angling the beam in different directions. The less re-wiring you have to do, the better. Take this lighting plan with you when you go shopping for fixtures and fittings.
However, try not to get carried away with planning and oversaturate your plan with excessive details. Usually it is possible to use a single light for several tasks by simply pointing the light in varied directions. Try to do as less re-wiring as possible. Use this plan of lighting while picking out lighting fixtures and fittings.