Ta-da! Lighting design and lighting control

Feature Lighting image provided by  EVS , Canada

Feature Lighting image provided by EVS, Canada

Lighting Design Principles

Home Tech Gallery member Jeff Wolstenholme from EVS in Canada gave us an overview of key lighting design principles.

‘We follow the lighting principles of “TADA”.  Task, Ambient, Decorative, Accent.  

Task lighting - kitchen countertops, desktops for work areas, anywhere you are going to be working. 

Ambient - to fill a room, to fill the corners and dark areas with light.

Decorative lighting - floor lamps, sconces, pendants, chandeliers, fixtures that make a statement.

Accent - for highlighting artwork, sculptures or statues.’

'Having designed the lights, we need to control them - with an easy-to-use system that is predictable. Every time a client walks into a room and pushes a button, they should know exactly what the end result will be’

Image courtesy of  Smart Space Group , London

Image courtesy of Smart Space Group, London

Modern scene-setting control systems have several advantages:

Convenience and comfort

Our favourite feature is we can turn all our rooms off at night - perhaps a bit earlier in the playroom or a bit later in the study.  Shades and curtains can open at dawn and close again at dusk, as you prefer.

Security and peace of mind

Simulated occupancy means all the lights come on and off at different times - you can repeat the lighting actions from the week before. It looks natural because it is natural, so intruders are put off - it looks just like you’re at home.

Image courtesy of  Bespoke Home Cinemas , Leeds

Image courtesy of Bespoke Home Cinemas, Leeds

Service and updates

Traditional wiring schemes aren’t really suited for modern LED lights. The electronic ‘drivers’ and power supplies should be accessible and serviceable for the long-term use - not tucked away in a plastered ceiling. When you want to make changes or if a driver fails, you’ll be glad everything’s logically organised behind a service panel - and so will we.

Building blocks

Experience tells us that lighting control is always popular and becomes addictive. If you start with your living room or home cinema and kitchen, be sure to design the wiring so that you can add rooms later. We often add extra rooms to a lighting control setup, but we’ve never been asked to take it away. 

Image courtesy of  S  mart Space Group , London

Image courtesy of Smart Space Group, London

All our Home Tech Pro members offer lighting control - some work with lighting designers while others offer lighting design services in-house. Find your nearest Home Tech Pro to learn more.


Blog written by Melanie Malcolm, Director of Bespoke Home Cinemas, Leeds. Special thanks to Jeff Wolstenholme of EVS, Canada.

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