I’ve been thinking about interior lighting. Our builders have included one light and one power outlet per room. We also have a $10,000 allowance for extra lighting and power outlets. Sounds hefty, doesn’t it? However, I suspect by the time we allow for enough extra power outlets to keep an iFamily happy, a good amount of that will be accounted for.
Our builders, Webb and Brown-Neaves, recommended we draw up our likely furniture arrangement to help guide lighting and powerpoint locations. And, my friends at HomeOne Forum have an ever growing list of “Things you forget” (when building) that includes sections on lighting and electrical. Between all these hot tips and suggestions from Lighting City I hope not to forget anything and still be within budget. When I emailed Lighting City to initiate the lighting plan, I asked them to include provision for a few pendant lights and for the majority of the lighting to be LED. Of course, I have my usual problem to deal with – that is, my eyes are bigger than my wallet.
Here is what I have in mind:
1. Two or three (?) pendant lights above the kitchen island like one of these:
2. One beautiful pendant centred over the dining table such as this one:
3. One oversized pendant to fill the void above the living area. (This pendant is top-secret, but I have something different in mind.)
4. The same oversized pendant to fill the void over the alfresco area.
5. A long, dangly pendant, or several, for the void above the front entry.
Aside from these feature lights, any other fancy lighting can be in the form of floor or table lamps.
Now to the practical side of things. Here is the lighting plan (first draft) by Lighting City:
I think they are pretty clever with the plan, but there are a few things I’ve already thought to ask about:
- Extra lighting for the scullery over the sink. There is nothing worse than dirty dishes after a wash.
- Ceiling fan/light combo for the master bedroom, if not all bedrooms.
- Ditching the 3 “oyster lights” that I think are located in the laundry, cellar and walk-in-robe. I know they are low traffic areas, but I’ve never liked oyster lights. Replace with down lights?
- Adding an interior switch for the lights that will be installed to our pool and deck areas by our landscaping company.
- The best way to accommodate a plug-in pendant light that is a souvenir from Seoul.
Can you think of anything I should add to my list?