Getting It Right First Time: Lighting In Your Newly Built Home

So, your home extension or newly built house is all finished and ready to go.

It’s been a long hard slog getting the project to this stage and now that there is light at the end of the tunnel, you are naturally beginning to wind things down.

However, this is where a lot of homeowners and self builders fall down at the final hurdle.

The lighting.

More often than not, this final stage of the build is something of an afterthought for too many self builders.

It would be all too easy to simply select a wall sconce or possibly a ceiling light purely on its aesthetic merits and leave it at that.

But that would be a mistake. You need to give a lot more thought to your new build’s lighting than that. Anything less would be selling it short and laying waste to all your hard work so far.

HIRE THE PROFESSIONALS

ELECTRICIAN

As a bare minimum, you should always hire a qualified electrician to do all wiring necessary for your new build.

Even if you have built the home or extension from the ground upwards by hand, here is one task that should be handed over to the professionals.

They will know about safety, wattage requirements and vitally, which type of lighting is safe to be used in the bathroom.

LIGHTING DESIGNER

If your budget can stretch to it, you should hire a lighting designer to give you their opinion of where the lighting should be in your new build.

They will be able to advise you things like the best location to place your lighting and what type and mix each room should have.

They can also advise on any safety requirements, as well as ensure that each room is adequately lit.

CONSISTENT APPROACH

Consistency throughout the whole of the property is probably the most important thing to remember, as you go through the new build.

It is easy to get carried away and just buy lighting that you like the look of, or which takes your fancy at the time you saw it in the store.

Instead, think about the flow of the property.

Things like the light switches and fittings should have some cohesion, as you go from one room into the next.

This is especially important in rooms which are open plan and have communal spaces in between them.

You can afford a degree of individuality within private rooms, such as the master bedroom.

PAY EXTRA ATTENTION TO BATHROOMS AND THE KITCHEN

If you only prioritize one area of your home to splash out on the lighting in, then pick the kitchen, shortly followed by the bathroom.

Put simply, these are the rooms which require the most lighting and need several layers in one space.

Remember, task lighting is essential for any kitchen or bathroom, as well as the mood or ambient lights.