CONVERTING YOUR LOFT? DON’T FORGET THE DESIGN AND INSTALLATION OF YOUR ELECTRICS & LIGHTING.

Loft conversionI am still constantly surprised at how many clients who have embarked on loft conversions spend all their time focusing on the physical layout and leave the lighting to last. When most people start the process of designing their new loft, they either mentally or with the help of an architect, envisage this perfect practical space, but don’t realise that if they don’t get their lighting right there will be no magical transformation!

Lighting can be critical to the overall success of your loft conversion, especially as loft spaces are often unusually shaped and natural daylight can be limited. If the loft is going to double up as a spare bedroom and work space then task (reading, working) and accent (to add atmosphere) lighting needs to be carefully considered. And if daylight is a problem, then ambient (substituting for daylight) lighting is important to keep the space usable during the day.

I also find that a lot of our clients don’t know that SOR Electrical are not just electrical contractors, but have extensive experience in lighting design as well. We specialise in offering an all-inclusive holistic lighting service including the design, supply, and full installation by our qualified electricians.

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The Lighting Design Plan – Don’t light up your home without one!

ChandelierIf you are lucky enough to be renovating your home or building your home from scratch, then do consider completing a lighting design plan. It’s as important as your plumbing and will contribute to the mood as well as the functionality of your home. The first thing you will need to do is grab a pencil and paper and sketch out each room, including doors, windows, furniture and current lighting sockets. As you go about deciding where to put your lights, here are a few points to take into account:

>> Natural lighting

Which direction do your windows face? If you have a basement flat or have windows facing the north or east, then chances are you will need some soft central lighting during winter daytime.

>> Task Lighting

Ensure you make a note of all the areas where you will need concentrated light. This will include any work and kitchen surfaces, places where you read and beside mirrors in the bathroom.

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