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How to choose the lights: the living-room

Hi all, I’ve decided to write a series of articles-advices on the house lighting. This because, often, when I get in in some other’s houses happens to me to think: “Damn, what a bad light..”

I’m quite convinced that the lighten is one of the more important aspect of an house and for this reason I think is very important to know how to choose it in a proper way and, especially, don’t underestimate it.

I remember one of the first architects to which I’ve had the pleasure to work with, on one saturday morning meanwhile he was showing me his house and the lighting said to me: “I was thrifty almost on everything to be able to buy some beautiful and useful lamps”. Oh yes! The lights make the difference, they create the atmosphere, they create the shadows and based on the light-temperature we choose they make a room look more cozy and formal. Then, based on the light intensity we can have environments with a more natural light. So, there are a lot of options and sometimes juggling can be verify difficult.

But, is not all.. this is not enough to be able to chose the right light.. what about the chandelier?

Let’s start with some general information on how to select the light bulbs.

Crucial thing: not all the light bulbs are suitable for any support. Sound trite but it’s not. For every lamp is specified how many WATT it support at most. Please, always check that!

Lights temperature: what is this? So, the temperature defines the color of the emitted light. It is divided into three categories.

Under 3300 K (the K stand for Kelvin), this is defined as warm white (Halogen incandescent); between 3300 K and 5300 K, natal white (metal halide) and above 5300 K Day white. For instance, to better understand that, a candle light is more or less about 2000 K, the sunlight is about 6000 K. Normally you’ll find the lower light temperature in the domestic environment and hight temperature light in big environment such as hospitals and supermarkets.

Another important thing to consider when you buy a lamps is how many lights it issue, which is the lumen ( or lux if we are talking about lumen per square meter) and the amount of energy the lamps needs which is the WATT.

So, after the above general introduction, get to the article main point.

What lamp do we need for the living room?

In this place is better to place the lights above the table, in order to avoid to shade while you are eating. You can achieve this by using a suspended lamp or a ground lamp with a long and arched stem that allows to put the light beam in the middle of the table. Are also useful some additional lights to light up the shade sides of the room.

Im going to show you some of my favorite suspended lamp, perfect to put on the living room table

Aim – Flos:

This is absolutely one of my favorite lamp, ideal in my opinion if you have a very big table and high ceilings.

The general idea is to offer a lamp which can be infinitely adjusted to satisfy all lighting needs. A lamp that is naturally positioned in space – like a plant – with long cables providing maximum freedom to adjust the direction and height of the light source. Is amazing isn’t it?


2097 – Flos and Hope by Luceplan

Both of them served as an ultra-modern representation of the traditional mid-century chandelier. Every detail of these ceiling lights are exceptional. I like both of them and they are modern with an ancient spirit.

2097 flos_hope luceplan

Arco: Flos and Twiggy: Foscarini

The first one is a design icon, maybe you already know because you probably have seen it on a lot of magazines as lamp for the liven room but not all know that this lamp has been invented for the table enlightenment. The second one is elegant and sophisticated, but light and lively at the same time, Twiggy is a floor lamp that decentralises the light source.

I do not think that the floor lamp are the most convenient for the dining room but there are some situation where it is not so simple to reach the table with a direct light. So for this reason those are good alternative

arco flos_twiggy foscarini

Tolomeo: Artemide and Potence: Vitra

Also those two solutions are very good when we do not have a light point on the center of the table. Thanks to the adjustable arm you can easily arrange the light as you prefer guaranteeing the right light enlightenment of your table

tolomeo artemide_potence vitra

I hope I gave you some hint .. did you like the post?



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