How to make the most of lighting in your apartment.

Lighting is a very important feature in a home and if you’re like me, you’ll agree that natural light is everything! It introduces the perfect kind of happiness that only nature can bring. Natural light would require large windows and other open outlets where the brightness of the day and the coolness of the night can find their way into the room to keep you in tune with the natural habitat.

Well, I agree that the only downside to this is the concomitant havoc that insects like house flies and mosquitoes wreck when one is not entirely mindful especially in a place like Nigeria, though they are rather a small price to pay for the beautiful ambiance and breeze that natural lighting offers. With insecticides and repellants, we have little or nothing to worry about.

If you are not like me, however, and you completely abhor insects or prefer to create your own ambiance, something more constant and reliable, well, Bravo! You must be very good friends with artificial lighting.

There are of course pros and cons to each preference, however, the choice does boil down to individual inclinations.

The good news is, no matter your preference, you can employ both kinds of lighting to get the best balance in your home.

Here are some tips that can help:

  1. To maximize natural light, keep windows clean always as accumulated dirt can reduce the amount of light that will seep through or serve to introduce dust which would make the air unclean and unsafe.

  2. To maximize artificial light, you can apply 3 different kinds of lighting:

• General light: This would be the central lighting in each room. There are always designated spots where you have to fix a bulb for every space.

• Specific light: These can be a desk lamp, bedside lamp, spotlights, or flashlights that brings extra illumination for specific purposes.

• Mood light: A general favourite, these are the kinds of lightings that transform a room and sets the mood for special occasions or relaxation. e.g., Candles, disco lights, decorative lights etc.

  1. Introduce reflective surfaces such as mirrors and metallic pieces. They serve to bounce back the lights in a room introducing depth and adding more space.

  2. Picking the right room colour is important as lighter shades like white tend to reflect light and make the room brighter while darker shades of paints add a hue to light making it more subdued and muted.

  3. Bulb Color: With this, you may choose to go all out depending on the ambiance you’re looking for. Bright lights with high wattage are sure to have your living space on a permanent morning mode no matter the time of day. However, dark shades like blue or red bulbs would be sure to set the mood for relaxation anytime.

Now that we have all the bases covered, we trust that you can now customize your home into your paradise where light rules ...or not.