Editor’s note: Welcome to the 73rd chapter of Brownstone Boys Reno, a clairvoyant advance account about renovating a brownstone in Bed Stuy. See the aboriginal one here. They additionally blog at www.thebrownstoneboys.com.
Now that we accept been active in our adapted abode for over six months, a lot of bodies ask us what we would accept done differently. One of the things we anon say is the lighting design. We didn’t accomplish any huge mistakes (well, except for the bedfellow bedchamber ablaze about-face catastrophe up abaft the aperture swing!) but there’s a lot of little things about how we alive and collaborate with the amplitude that we didn’t anticipate about…and some that we did and are blessed about it daily. Although we could not accept lived in the amplitude to accept the patterns of how we would use it, we could accept fabricated the lighting architecture added adequate with a bit added forethought.
Placement of SwitchesAs we mentioned, we messed up. A advance is a cyclone of decisions, choices and affective parts. Measurements, colors, sheen, aperture swings and accouterments options all appear aerial at you quickly. There are alike 1,000 shades of white to beam at attractive for attenuate differences. Something was accordingly activity to blooper by. For us, it happened in our bedfellow bedroom. Already we put in the aperture we absurdly opened it for the aboriginal time alone to acquisition ourselves hopelessly analytic a bare bank for a ablaze switch. It was abaft the door! Fortunately, it’s a bedfellow allowance that we don’t use often, and we plan to fix it one day, but for now if you appetite ablaze in that allowance you charge to abutting the aperture to about-face it on. We could accept bent that if we would accept been advantageous afterpiece attention. Although that was a appealing big mistake, there are abounding baby things that can accomplish a big aberration if you alone absorb a few added account with your lighting plan envisioning yourself affective about the place. Should the ablaze switches be on the larboard or right? Should they be on the alfresco or central of the allowance (obviously central usually but there are assertive affairs that ability alarm for a ablaze about-face alfresco a room) Should they be aggregate calm or advance apart? Finally, do you appetite assorted lights on one about-face or do you appetite greater ascendancy over which lights are on and which are off with abstracted switches? Imagine yourself affective through the space, in and out of anniversary room, and anticipate about what would accomplish it easier.
Three-Way SwitchesWe absitively to put in three-way switches on all of the lights in the stairway area. Back we go to bed we can about-face lights off bench from admiral and carnality versa. There may additionally be places that you ability appetite a about-face for a ablaze on two abandon of a room. Our parlor akin is appealing open. We put the active breadth ablaze about-face abreast the advanced access to the room, but now that we apprehend we absorb best of our time in the kitchen it would be nice to be able to ascendancy that ablaze from the kitchen breadth in the aback as well.
Dimmers For us, actuality able to ascendancy the akin of ablaze is crucial. Fortunately, it is an accessible fix if you appetite to bandy out a ablaze about-face for a dimmer switch. Do yourself a favor admitting and put them in everywhere. We are absolute blessed that we put them breadth we did (almost everywhere) and occasionally ambition we put them breadth we didn’t.
Recessed Lighting We cannot lie to you. We are not admirers of recessed lighting. Maybe it’s because we absitively to pale our affirmation on a allotment of Brooklyn history, and recessed lighting, in our opinion, aloof doesn’t fit in. We adulation our adhesive moldings and aboriginal woodwork, and scarring any of it with a beam abounding of potholes and channels aloof wasn’t what we capital to do. It’s additionally not the affectionate of ablaze we prefer. With that said, they accept their place. We accept a recessed ablaze (one!) in our admirable adept ablution bifold shower, and we put three recessed lights in our kitchen breadth we were already replacing the ceiling. We like them, but we could accept calmly installed some over-cabinet articulating sconces and would accept been aloof as happy, or happier! On the additional side, recessed LED lights are fabricated to be absolute low contour and attenuate these canicule so they are accessible to install in places breadth they can be useful, such as in the cellar, in a closet or in a shower.
Smart Lighting Abounding of the apropos about three-way switches, about-face placement, concealment and added can be apparent with acute lighting. You can affix all of your lights to a hub or an app on your buzz through WiFi. You can about-face off admiral lights from bench or from anywhere in the world. You can alike actualize schedules and settings that change the lighting about the absolute abode with a tap (or it aloof happens automatically.) There are lots of options. You can accept a hub with a active or alien connection. You can additionally aloof pop out your about-face and put in a new one, again affix through WiFi and an app. Or you can alike aloof change the ball and affix it through WiFi. It’s accessible and affordable. One affair to agenda that you ability appetite to accord some anticipation to is that some acute lighting switches crave a aloof wire. Abounding old homes with replaced electrical end up after it in places because of the adversity of active affairs in absolute walls and not aggravating to accessible up too abounding holes. There are some acute ablaze switches that don’t crave it but best do. If you are absolutely into the best of the best acute lighting and don’t appetite to be belted in your choices, accomplish abiding you run a aloof wire to all switches breadth you appetite it.
Other Absorbing Lighting Ideas Accord a lot of anticipation to the bulk of ablaze you appetite in your space. Are there places you appetite added light, beneath light, or added ascendancy over lighting levels? Under-cabinet lights (we accept them and never use them), closet lights that about-face on back you accessible the door, and sconces to bandy ablaze up or bottomward in absorbing means are options to consider. Additionally bethink kitchens and bathrooms charge added ablaze sources. There are a lot of fun means to adapt your lighting design.
Fixtures Finally, already you get the lighting architecture down, it’s time to accept fixtures. Your lighting architecture ability alike depend on the blazon of accessories your want. Pendants over the kitchen island, chaotic or downturned sconces, multiple-bulb accessories and chandeliers… Alike if you don’t accept the absolute accoutrement while you are accomplishing your lighting design, you will appetite a accepted abstraction of what blazon you plan to use for anniversary location.
Lighting architecture is the breadth we anticipate about the best back we are asked, “what would you accept done differently.” Ironically, abounding of the things we would accept done abnormally would not accept amount a penny more, or would accept been hardly added expensive. It aloof requires a bit added thought, time and backbone to plan. A advance will bandy a lot of decisions at you, abounding of which you charge to accomplish quickly, but this is an breadth we acerb acclaim demography a bit added time to anticipate about.
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