As the seasons change from bright, sunny days to cold, darker days, it is important for us to be intentional about creating warmer environments filled with as much light as possible, since we will be spending a lot more days indoors. Good lighting has a myriad of great benefits. Here are a few that we thought would encourage you to invest in getting the right amount of light.


Good lighting makes a room look spacious

In design, there is a concept called the illusion of space, and this is what good lighting creates. If you have a small room, it will look smaller if there isn’t enough light. Adding more light to smaller rooms will make them look and feel a bit more spacious, which is very important during colder seasons because we tend to spend more time indoors. The last thing you want is to feel cramped in your own space. You can be a bit creative with the lighting you chose for your home. Some of the current lighting trends include retro industrial styles and soft metallic, the former can be incorporated into the design of your foyer or lounge and the latter can be used in a bedroom. According to leading light supplier at the Light Warehouse Melissa Davidson, “There are some stark differences with regards to the industrial-inspired lighting of today. Commonly known as ‘upgraded industrial’ or ‘modern retro’ – today’s industrial-style lighting still boasts an abundance of metals, but with a much sleeker finish, as well as varied tones and alternative designs. They are more of an art form, instead of focusing purely on functionality as before.” Lighting is about more than functionality, it is about creating a home that is akin to an art gallery; you can look forward to coming home at the end of every day and spending more time indoors.




Good lighting keeps the winter blues away

It is not uncommon for people to experience a drop in their moods due to a change in seasons. Not everyone will be affected by the change from summer to autumn but there are those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a mood disorder that occurs at the same time every year; for many, it occurs during winter and is exacerbated by cold and gloomy days. Exposure to light is one of the ways to treat this disorder. If you are so afflicted, you need to make sure that the lights in your house are as bright as possible to keep you from falling into a deep, dark depression. It has been found that SAD sufferers’ moods are ameliorated by exposure to light. Simple light drops are another current light trend that can come in handy for those whose moods are affected by a change in the seasons. According to Melissa, These light fittings are affordable and can be used with great effect to add an industrial-style finish to any room. They can be used in single or group installations for a bigger impact.” Even if you don’t have a chronic mood disorder, having good lighting is a great way of ensuring that you stay on the bright side of life.


Good lighting improves your productivity

The right kind of lighting increases productivity and helps you get your work done. The right amount of light will make it easier for you to focus and concentrate on what you are working on. When finding lighting for your study, make sure that you invest enough time and effort in finding the right kind of lighting; this will help you work for longer. You don’t have to opt for your run-of-the-mill study lamps. The latest trend is mid-century modern lighting. According to Melissa, this type of lighting is “based on many factors, including its focus on functionality, as well as its focus on uncluttered and sleek designs with both organic and geometric forms, minimal ornamentation, and the exploration of interesting materials.” Melissa notes that this style is making a huge impact on lighting design today.


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