Lighting Installation and Fittings
What are the different types of Lighting?
Ambient lighting is the soft, evenly distributed glow that blankets your home in just enough light for your average night at home. It should be as natural and flat as possible, and allow you to get from room-to-room without any harsh glare.
When used correctly, ambient light creates a relaxing environment that’s perfect for unwinding after a hard day’s work.
Common ways to create ambient light include:
Recessed or track lights: As a low-profile ambient and direct lighting source, recessed lighting does its job so well that its praises often go unsung. The only issue is that it can sometimes cast harsh shadows on faces. Track lighting offers multiple light heads on a single bar or cable and is a classic choice of lighting. For ambient lighting, look for lights pointing in different directions.
Chandeliers and pendants: Working perfectly with high ceilings, chandeliers and pendants can create great ambient lighting and have the added bonus of making a statement. Great in foyers, the bedroom or over the tub in the bathroom, they hang from the ceiling and can be as subtle or as elaborate as you like.
Sconces and wall lights: Sconces and wall lights are so versatile that they’ll work almost anywhere. Great in hallways, patios and porches, sconces can direct light up or down depending on their design. If you’re still in the planning stages of your home, try to incorporate some sconces into your homes architecture.
Task lighting is smaller, more concentrated light, designed to help you perform certain tasks such as writing, reading, cooking, and sewing. Task lighting makes a working environment more pleasant, reducing eye strain and keeping areas well illuminated.
In kitchens, task lighting helps keep surfaces clean and safe, and may be used to help people read recipes while they cook. In living rooms and bedrooms, task lighting is generally used to make reading easier, while in offices, task lighting is needed to naturally stimulate the brain and keep you concentrated.
Common ways to create task lighting include:
Lamps: Portable lamps are great for distributing light wherever it is needed and can be placed on the floor, desk, bedside table, or anywhere else that may require a little extra light. Swing arm lamps allow you to adjust the light anyway you’d like.
Cabinet and vanity lights: Under cabinet lights work perfectly in the kitchen, illuminating surfaces used for chopping and preparing foods, while keeping harsh glare out of your eyes. Vanity lighting works well in the bathroom and on dressing mirrors.
Track lights: Track lights with adjustable light fittings are perfect for illuminating an office space where multiple tasks require increased light. They also work well above kitchen islands.
Pendant lights: Pendant lights work perfectly over a kitchen island or dining table, making eating at night a more enjoyable experience. They are also great for hanging either side of the bed to aid late-night reading.
Accent lighting is designed to draw your attention to something, such as a piece of art, photograph, or sculpture. Used to create focal points, accent lighting creates a sophisticated atmosphere and adds drama to a room by creating visual interest.
Common ways to create accent lighting include:
Wall lights: Wall lights come in a variety of sizes, allowing you to highlight both big and small pieces. They work beautifully when pointed at art or photographs and can also be great for showcasing grand architecture.
Spot lighting: If you’re lucky enough to have a big, oversize piece of art, spot lighting can be used for illuminating the entire wall with light. Alternatively, you could try placing recessed lighting at the bottom of a feature wall to illuminate a beautiful brick texture or bay window.
Landscape lighting: Landscape lighting is used to highlight your outdoor spaces, as well as light up pathways for safe walking at night. Consider putting your landscape lighting on a dimmer, so you can lower the light when relaxing outdoors.
How can we help with your selection of Lighting Technology?
Need to replace or upgrade your existing inefficient incandescent lighting?
There are 2 types of lighting that have replace the old energy sucking incandescent light bulbs of the past
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)
These spiraled light bulbs are far more efficient than the standard incandescent bulb. Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) work by running electricity through gas inside the coils, exciting that gas, and producing light. There is a coating on the spirals, which
makes this light white. These bulbs do not get nearly as hot as the incandescent bulbs.
Light Emitting Diode (LED)
Unlike incandescent and CFL bulbs, LED bulbs have moved into the technological age. LEDs that produce white light work in a rather complicated way, and their invention won a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014! While these are the most efficient bulbs to date, they are not without problems. Although the light they produce looks white, remember that white light contains all the colors of the rainbow. LEDs contain a lot of blue light, too much of which can have negative effects on human health and wildlife.
How we can help with your lighting installations
Snap Air Conditioning / Electrical works with many Electrical wholesalers to give you the best Lighting at the best prices.
We only use Energy efficient lighting that will save you money in power costs and in time, not having to change faulty bulbs ect. Technology is so incredible now that we can even install lighting that will change colour through voice commands over your smart home system, what an age we live in!
Give one of our friendly technicians a call so we can help design a beautiful lighting system for your home that will enhance the look and value of your property and have a wow factor that people will admire