Here’s how to choose the right lighting

Begin planning as early as you can.

Here's how to choose the right lighting

The expert:

Hanne Stokke Nørving is a graduated industrial designer, but her interest in lighting was awakened after a lamp assignment during the study period. Now she works with architectural lighting both for private and public clients in Concept Design, which is located in Oslo and has nine permanent employees..

Some important terms:

LED: Glow and halogen lamps phase out gradually in Europe, and LED light takes over. LED stands for light emitting diode.

Lumen: Designation to measure the brightness of an LED bulb. A 40 watt bulb corresponds to f. ex 470 Lumen.

Kelvin: Designation of the temperature of the light – whether it’s cold or hot. 2700 K is the usual hot light for us in Norway – 3000 K for countries further south of Europe.

RA / CRI (Color Rendering Index): Designation of the light’s ability to reproduce colors. The sun’s RA is 100, and a bulb should be above 85 – this is where one can really see the difference between more expensive and less expensive light sources.

Lighting today may be more technical than ever, and it’s not easy to figure out what’s and how to plan and think. The magazine Maison therefore took an enlightening chat with Hanne Stokke Nørving in Concept Design, which specializes in architectural lighting.

What is your job in?

– We usually come into projects before taking a single spade roof – it’s important to be involved and implement the light right from the start of. Together with the architect we look at the technical possibilities and challenges that exist, what kind of sustainability the project is going to have or what kind of budget we are dealing with. It becomes more important and more important with technical knowledge, such as f. example. how a wall is built for us to be able to implement light there. There are many details to take into account, it’s not just about aesthetics, we go in with technical expertise and can check if a lamp matches the driver that matches the pipes in the wall and the switches selected. Do you want to turn on a switch or press it, or touch a panel or mobile? What you choose constitutes how extensive intervention you need to do to get the desired management system in your home. With more advanced solutions this can be quite extensive and have major consequences for what kind of technique you need in the wall.

What is an illumination plan?

– There is a lot of technique in a house today. An illumination plan is the electrician’s work plan. Ventilation, water-borne heat and light; Everything affects each other and hangs together. An illumination plan combines all the technical subjects in order to coordinate them across. The lighting plan will help the electrician to dimension the electricity and decide what type of pipe he will pull. A good plan will also be able to give the builder an important point of view as to what the expenses will be.

  • Also read: This electrical work can be done by yourself.

Can you change afterwards?

– Again, it’s all about what you want to spend money. Will you cost a new ceiling in a room to improve the lighting? If this is not applicable, there is still a lot to do without doing so drastically. Think about what you want to highlight and what you want to hide. Where do I need light, where can I handle it less? The biggest mistake many makes is not to adjust the light for the use of the room – do you really need the pendant lamp in the bedroom, or can you cope with bedside lights and lighting in the wardrobes? Be tight and sober – it’s nice with interaction between light and shadow, everything is very light and the impression is flat and dull. Dimmers are a must and you should be able to control a room’s different light sources from at least two switches.

What restrictions are there?

– Budget is, of course, the biggest limitation. There are also some so-called guarantees regarding LED, but how relevant the actual ones are becoming an important question. If you buy a light bulb from a manufacturer, they will often claim that in order for the bulb to function as they wish and warrant, you must have it and the light switch on the wall. Producers are giving birth to themselves. There are also some challenges associated with LED and control systems; there are many technical systems that must be compatible to get the optimum effect on the light source itself.. Blending is much higher on LED, therefore it is important to choose with as low a blend as possible.

The actual bright spot is more concentrated with LED. There are also limitations on retrofit bulbs, ie bulbs with a base to fit old lamps, which they do not always do. They often give the wrong light and become difficult to dimming. Then you usually have to switch the old traffic you had to the halogen bulbs to a driver that takes low watt as the LED bulbs have. This does not always deal with the existing fog switches. So it’s not only easy to switch all bulbs to LED!

A good investment

Nørving’s most important advice is to start planning the lighting as early as you can. You can not start when the carpenter is in the door. Then it can be expensive at least. If you have a limited budget, choose some important rooms, such as living room, kitchen and entrance area, and spend less on sleeping and children’s rooms. Also, think that everything does not have to be symmetrical.

The key details:

The light switches are also an important part of the aesthetics of a house, and Concept Design is increasingly drawing both its plug and breaking plans for its customers.. Today, you also get management systems that can be controlled from different apps that you can have on your phone.

This is LED:

There has been a huge development in LED technology in recent years, both in terms of color rendering, durability and quality. With LED, it has opened up a lot of possibilities, we can get light on places that you could not do before. We can think more “impractical” because pears do not have to be changed for a long time. I feel safer to recommend LED today because color rendering has become so much better, you do not get as gray in your skin as you could before. Also when it comes to dimming, the LED approaches the quality of the halogen as the color gets warmer and warmer the weaker the light is, it did not happen in the early phase of the LED bulbs.

Illuminated space:

Still more people want an illumination plan for the outside room, it’s so dark in Norway when the winter comes to our windows just becoming a dark surface. It may be great to have one or more lamps out like f. example. can light a nice tree.

Below you will find tips for lighting the living room, kitchen and bathroom:

Light in the living room

You should balance between mood and lightning. Think about where you are sitting when reading or watching monitors.

– We try in our plans to give a room enough light without thinking of the lights that are there, you just have to realize there is enough light. In such a room it may be fine with one decorative lamp that stands out, almost like a work of art, “says Hanne Stokke Nørving in Concept Design.

But remember that it’s probably one of these lamps! Think about how it works with regard to other art in the room, and what kind of glare it can give in the window. You can easily get bored such lamps, so take some time to find someone you can live long with. Also consider the ability to have a specially designed lamp.

Light in the kitchen

It’s natural to think about good worklight where you are going to work, because you do not need the same in the whole room. Make good light over the kitchen counter and the dining table, where many children often sit and do homework, or have a home office. The lamp above the dining table should give good light, but also be decorative and could give a mood when dim.

Lighting on the bathroom

Here's how to choose the right lighting

WELCOME: In this tight living room, the lamps are planned to slide naturally and give just the light you need. The black floor lamps have a light organic shape on the lampshades, while the floor lamp on the left in the picture is more rigid. Lamps and furniture from Slettvoll. Photo: Manufacturers

A very good playlist is important! Often you have a huge mirror, but not enough light to make up for it – Hanne Stokke Nørving recommends in Concept Design, to buy a stand-alone mirror with light and magnification to give you daylight. Selecting vertical lights on the side of the mirror avoids shadow effect up or down. Mirror with built-in light is also a good option.

– One of our designs for the bathroom is actually a mirror with Corian frame and light that can be dimmed up and down in strength. Here’s how to change the vaults of cold blue light so you’ll see how you look like a winter day in the sunshine, to the warm cozy light. I also like to think about how the roof light can be reflected in white porcelain. Attempt to prevent light from coming from above in a way that sheds a shadow on your face and gives you bags under your eyes. We also tend to enter motion-controlled lighting under the vanities that become nightlight when someone comes in.

Here's how to choose the right lighting

FIN VARIATION: In a classic Siematic kitchen, you have used everything from hidden light sources to more classic variants of both ceiling and wall lamps. Photo: Manufacturers

Here's how to choose the right lighting

SMART: When Hanne is going to light a bath, she usually walks into motion-controlled lighting under the vanities that turn out to be a light night light. Photo: Manufacturers


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