High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Living Room

Living/ Family Room areas

Now that you have learned about the basics of High Performance Lighting through our previous blog posts, you are now ready to learn how to install them in each area of your home. We will take a look into various rooms of the house, and how you can best apply HPL to your personal areas. (Actual installations may require more or fewer fixtures than recommended, depending on the room size, configuration and/or surface colors.)

The living/ family room is one of the most popular rooms of the home and requires different levels of lighting for various activities. The suggested lighting designs for the living room are intended to provide ambient illumination for general room use and circulation. Light levels should accommodate tasks such as watching TV, playing board games or operating gaming equipment.  For reading or writing, portable lamps should be added to the interior design.

The three lighting approaches will provide illumination in the following ways:

  1. Direct Lighting- Direct Lighting designs provide simple, efficient direct illumination.
  2. Recessed Lighting- A soft and elegant pattern of lighting can be provided through the use of recessed downlights. This design can be greatly impacted by the hues of the room.
  3. Indirect Lighting- This design uses wall washers and coves to provide quality lighting and glare control. Wall wash lighting is ideal for making the room appear larger, while cove lighting gives a sense of greater ceiling height.

Below are five lighting design examples for family rooms, provided by the U.S. Department of Energy Guide for Residential High Performance Lighting.

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