Lighting design basics

The whole mood and feel of a room, or even of a whole home, can be altered by its lighting. Despite this, we often give more thought to our kitchen tap.  

aylight is the oldest way of lighting a building but once the sun goes down, we need to add other types of light source to make life safe and comfortable. Prehistoric peoples used oil lamps burning animal or vegetable fats while fuel and gas lighting in the 1800s brought affordable light to our homes and streets. 

Today we all take electric lighting for granted as a way of illuminating our homes. This said, most people give scant regard to how their new build home will be lit and are then disappointed when it’s too late. You can’t start planning your lighting too early. 


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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