Ensuring that the lighting levels in our homes are at a safe and enjoyable level for differing tasks can be a difficult juggling job. Trying to balance that functional aspect of lighting while still trying to create a visual and pleasing ambience can be a hard balance to achieve. Below we have outlined the recommended Lux levels for ensuring you achieve a safer environment for task lighting.
The following is a list of minimum lighting levels by task:
Lighting Levels by Task
|Casual Reading||300 lux|
|Food Preparation||750 lux|
|TV Viewing||150 lux|
|Detailed Work||1000 lux|
Room Lighting Levels
|Counter top||750 lux|
|Bedroom (Adult)||General||300 lux|
|Bedroom (Child)||General||500 lux|
|Living Room/Den||General||300 lux|
|Family Room/Home Theater||General||300 lux|
|TV viewing||150 lux|
|Dining Room||General||200 lux|
|Hall Landing||General||500 lux|
|Home Office||General||500 lux|
So as we can see, we need to provide the right amount of light for each task. Here are the light fittings we can use for that purpose.
- Table lamps
- Desk lamps
- Swing arm lamps
- Under counter lights
- Pendant lights
- Directed track or recessed lights
- Vanity lights
- Adjustable floor lamps
Used in the right combinations and for the right task we can still create visual lighting moods. An example of this is a table lamp that can provide the task lighting level required for casual reading, at 300 Lux, while creating a controlled pool of light in a room. When the lighting, used in consideration of the interior design features of your home, illuminates and is also a visual feature then balance between function and aesthetics is achievable. Also, remember that with modern contemporary designs, lighting no longer has to sit in the realms of dull functionality but it can now be an integral part of the visual signature of the room.
We hope this has been informative and given some food for thought.