Lighting is very important in any home, old or new. No matter how lovely your home is on the inside, not enough light makes the home’s interior invisible, and will make you unhappy. There are different types of light that serve different functions. Let’s talk about them.

Exterior Light

Exterior light can play a big role on the inside of the house. However, this depends on the design of your house, what direction it faces, and both size and placement of windows. Also, remember that windows also play a role in regulating your home’s insulation whether you want to keep heat out or in. So, good quality windows are important.

If you don’t have a lot of natural light coming inside from windows, skylights and light tubes can bring a lot of light inside and should not be dismissed.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is the lighting that you will need to perform certain tasks. For example, you would want good lighting over the kitchen sink and above your kitchen counters where you would be working with food.

Task lighting would also be important over a dining table or a desk or a piano. Chandeliers can be for task lighting or ambient lighting or both.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is the general background lighting that creates a feeling or mood in a room. This type of lighting can be achieved through ceiling pot lights, standing lamps, or table lamps. Dimmers can be helpful for ambient lighting.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is used to draw attention to something special like an indoor water feature or plant wall or original artwork. This kind of lighting is different and draws the eye to look at one particular thing.

Plan Ahead

It’s a good idea to work with your home designer or contractor to plan ahead for lighting if you are building or renovating. You will need electrical rough-ins where you plan to have ceiling fixtures and plenty of outlets where you would be plugging in lamps. Keep in mind that LED fixtures use LED bulbs (lamps) that are more expensive, but they last a lot longer to make up for it. LED fixtures and bulbs also run much cooler and will not burn your hands compared to halogen bulbs and fixtures.

Hopefully, we have given you some practical ideas about interior lighting. If you are interested in building an exciting custom home in the Vancouver area or just want to renovate an existing one feel free to contact us [internal link to contact page] at Best Builders Ltd.

Best Builders has been renovating older homes and building new ones for over 15 years. They are a multiple-award-winning builder that brings fine craftmanship to projects, turning dreams into reality. If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about your home project, please call us at (604) 943-2378 or email us at

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