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We all accept the practical importance of lighting, but we must appreciate its creative potential. Good lighting can make the difference between a dull, bland room and one that is sparkling with life.

The most important element of good lighting is the quality of light; its colour, direction, and intensity. Your aim when lighting your home, should be to use light to enhance your surroundings, generate the correct lighting levels for the tasks performed, create the correct mood for each area, and above all appreciate the important contribution that lighting can make to your home.



How much light do you need?

2 x 3 light ceiling fittings with 60wt bulbs = 360wts

2 x 2 light wall brackets with 60wt bulbs  = 240wts

1 x table lamp with 60wt bulb                     =  60wts

Generating a total of:                                    =  660wts


For Halogen lighting you would use the same calculation, but use the figure 15 as your multiplier.


The above can be used as a guide, but some people require more light and some less, it is often better to over estimate the amount of light required by up to 25% and fit a dimmer to give you the most flexibility.


What Type of Dimmer to use

Lighting your Home

1. Central ceiling light; main source of illumination.

2. Uplighter wall lights; mood lighting.

3. Table and Floor lamps; occasional lighting. (Using a 5amp plug and   socket circuit).

4. Recessed Floor lamps; feature lighting.


Position rectangular (longitudinal) recessed lights in the wall approximately 200mm above the floor level for a good effect.


Use a particular type of recessed light unit, (they are usually square or rectangular) that has a built in reflector; capable of scooping the light up and out and using the same fitting, scooping the light down and out, by simply rotating the fitting through 180 degrees. (The fitting must be suitable for this installation; i.e., heat up or heat down).


Position a pair of lights in the wall, one near the ceiling, scooping the light up and the other directly below near the floor, scooping the light down, now repeat the positioning directly opposite on the opposing wall. You now have the basis for the tunnel of light, by repeating the process down the corridor.


For this type of installation the best effects are achieved by using halogen light sources.

Landing and Stairs


Small round LED lights are most suitable for this type of application.

Position the lights in the wall, on a line midway between each stair nosing.


Living Room

Dining Room












Entrance to Driveway







We recommend that all Bathroom Lighting, Wetroom Lighting and Outdoor Lighting be protected with a residual current devise (R.C.D.).

All of the above information is intended as a guide only and you should consider all of the elements of your particular choice of product and it’s installation, before you commit an electrician to carry out any work.

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