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Lighting levels for the home

on March 20, 2014 .

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
Writing 500 lux
Studying 1000 lux
Food Preparation 750 lux
Cooking 300 lux
Dining 200 lux
TV Viewing 150 lux
Laundry 200 lux
Detailed Work 1000 lux

Room Lighting Levels

Kitchen General 300 lux
  Counter top 750 lux
Bedroom (Adult) General 300 lux
  Task 500 lux
Bedroom (Child) General 500 lux
  Task 800 lux
Bathroom General 300 lux
Living Room/Den General 300 lux
  Task 500 lux
Family Room/Home Theater General 300 lux
  Task 500 lux
  TV viewing 150 lux
Laundry/Utility General 200 lux
Dining Room General 200 lux
Hall Landing General 500 lux
Home Office General 500 lux
  Task 800 lux
Workshop General 800 lux
  Task 1100 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.

 

Tags: task-lighting, home-lighting Last update: January 20, 2016

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