Tips for good light and feeling comfortable

  • Room illumination
  • Retrofitting with LED
  • Dimmability

Just walked in the door. Light in hallways and stairwells

For safety purposes, hallways as well as entrances and, most of all, stairwells should be equipped with orientation lights. Compact luminaires featuring long-lasting, near zero-maintenance LED technology are perfect for such applications. The ground lighting in hallways should immediately provide bright light so that no one trips or get stuck in the door with the shipping bags. Halogen luminaires with motion detectors are the ideal solution here. To round it off, accent lighting (low-voltage halogen) placed on shelves or near pictures give the lobby the feel of being in one's own living room. 

Tune out, turn on, relax, play, celebrate – all this in your living room

Based on the time of day, your mood or what you are doing, the living room should be adequately lighted or deliver the proper lighting to create the desired ambience – in other words, offer either more light sources and/or a dimmable light system.

With only one power outlet in the ceiling, rail and wire systems deliver maximum flexibility. Spot and pendant lamps can be placed exactly where you need them. This could be to illuminate your dining room table, your sitting room or even pictures on the wall. (High- or low-voltage) halogen lighting can be easily dimmed; this is not fully true of energy-saving lamps.

A separate reading lamp that can be rotated and swivelled to deliver a broad light beam – this can be provided by halogen as well as LED lamps. For reading and watching television, it is important to avoid extreme contrasts in brightness and to balance these out using appropriate lighting .

Indirect light sources behind the television therefore make for an excellent addition.

Popular workplace: The kitchen as a centre of activity

The kitchen is often the centre of life at your home. This includes much more than just cooking. However, to ensure everything goes smoothly, good general lighting is required in addition to adequate lighting for all work surfaces. Recessed spotlights, wire/rail systems with halogen or fluorescent technology can meet this task. Advantages of wire and rail systems: pendants can be attached in the exact required location over the dining room table or counter. Work surfaces should receive non-glare, shadowless light, for instance, from linear systems or LED strips. 

From damp room to wellness oasis: The bathroom

The proper bathroom lighting can help prepare for the day ahead in the morning as well as relax and unwind in the evening. But the number one concern is: Careful: Slippery when wet! Recessed and surface-mounted luminaires deliver top-quality lighting. The number of light sources is determined based on the colour of the walls and tiles. Because water meets electricity in the bathroom, luminaires located near the shower or bathtub must be protected against splashing water (protection class IP X4) and water jets (IP X5) and may only be operated with low voltage protectors up to 12V.

Good lighting fir the mirror helps you get off to a good start in the morning. The system should be installed to the left and right of the mirror, depending on its size, and give off diffuse light. This can be achieved using opal glass bulbs and energy-saving bulbs with a warm white colour temperature.

You can create a relaxing and recharging experience in the bathroom either indirectly with LED strips or with spots using recessed and surface-mounted LED luminaires or fibre optic sets. All of these products are available with a colour change function at the required IP protection class, meaning you can create the colour scheme that either stimulates or relaxes based on your mood. 

For the moments when you're not asleep: Light in the bedroom

In much of time we spend in the bedroom, we are not sleeping. That means that good lighting can also improve the quality of life here. The general lighting often provides the light need to get dressed. In this case, there should be no shadows or glare. Swivelling recessed luminaires as well as wire, rod and rail systems which use halogen technology offer flexibility and dimmability: This allows you to create the mood and feel you like.

Indirect light is extremely effective for creating a cosy atmosphere which can be easily done using LED light strips.

Table or wall lamps are used as reading lamps in bed, if possible with swivelling, wide-beam reflectors.

Home office or hobby room: Light for working at home

Working at home, either professionally or privately, often requires you to use your eyes when, for instance, performing work at the desk on your computer, sewing or assembling things with many small parts. Having adequate lighting prevents your eyes from tiring as quickly. Using fluorescent lamps as the base lighting provides wide-beam, bright and near shadowless light throughout the room. These can be installed as pendants, ceiling lamps, recessed luminaires or even rail systems.

Unlike in living areas, daylight is recommended as the colour temperature, whose higher blue component has a simulating effect.

The desk lighting – either ceiling pendants or table lamps – should be swivelling and rotating to allow light to be directed on the work surface where you need it.

Accent lighting using ceiling or wall spotlights, for example, is a eye-pleasing option to balance out the illuminated monitor.