Can you elaborate a bit more on the issue of glare for those who aren't familiar?
"Glare is intense light that makes you want to look away, such as the sun reflecting off a car. Sometimes people confuse this with “brightness”. In a home, glare should be limited or eliminated if possible, as it ruins the visual comfort of a space," he says.
"Many people in my consultations who currently have a house lit solely with downlights say they rarely use them because this was not thought of."
Why should you avoid only using downlights?
Downlights are designed to provide task light in a specific area, they don’t allow for multiple moods in a space. If you're trying to make a space feel really bright and evenly lit, you need lots of them.
Instead of just using many downlights, can you recommend a more effective method?
"Think about adding in other forms of lighting that give general light, such as pendants, wall lights or floor lamps. Then use downlights only where you need strong task or accent lighting," says Pielak-Jones.
But don't feel like you need to flood your home out with lights – in lighting, contrast can be key.
"Keep in mind that a home does not need to be lit like an office, some contrast with light/dark gives a home more of a relaxing feel," he says.
You've given us a lot of practical advice. Any final suggestions for those about to embark on incorporating new lighting into their home?
"Do your research, visit a few lighting companies and see who listens to what you say and comes up with a design you like. Make sure you try and get references for your contractors or check with your architect. The best outcomes need good trades that know how to do their job."
23 May, 2020