A Guide to Home Lighting

A Guide to Home Lighting

For new home builds or renovation projects, planning everything upfront, including lighting, is key to maintaining your home comfort. Good lighting also affects your home atmosphere, overall interior design, your sleep routine, and even your cognitive functions. However, it’s not so easy to achieve a well-lit home without the proper experience or guidance.


At TSquare Handyman, our team is experienced with helping clients choose the lighting that suits their home and needs best. We’ve assisted in a large variety of professional lighting installations in small and large spaces. Our customers in Ashburn and throughout Northern VA trust us to provide them with high quality services and products every time. As you spend a lot of time in your home, installing the right lighting only makes sense but does require guidance that we can offer.


Below is a general guide to what you should keep in mind before updating your home lighting.

General Considerations

Room Function

Not only does every room have its own particular function, but lights do too. Lighting functions are categorized as ambient, task, and accent. Here’s what you need to know about these types of lights:

  • Ambient Lighting – Illuminates an entire room. Sometimes considered as the “natural light” of a room, in which some homeowners choose chandeliers, pendant lights, track lighting, or even wall sconces.


  • Task Lighting – Lights a designated area. This lighting is more vibrant than ambient lighting, so that it draws in an individual’s focus to that specific area. Some examples of task lighting include desk lamps and under-cabinet lighting.


  • Accent Lighting – Highlights a specific area or object. While it might seem similar to task lighting, when it highlights a specific area it also casts a shadow to produce a more dramatic effect. Common accent lighting fixtures are common in living rooms such as wall lights and outdoor landscaping lights.

Types of Lightbulbs

  • Incandescent: The traditional standard lighting, which is beginning to phase out due to the demand for more energy-efficient lighting. It offers residents a warmer light.


  • Fluorescent: This type of lightbulb uses 25%-80% less energy and lasts about 3-25 times longer than an incandescent light bulb. They also produce a cooler light color.


  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs): LEDs offer the same energy efficiency as fluorescent light bulbs, but have a lifespan that’s three times as long. Interestingly enough, they can imitate the warm glow of incandescent lighting and are not hot to the touch.


  • Halogen: These types of light bulbs produce a bright, natural light, which can be perfect for fixtures dedicated to task lighting. While they aren’t as energy efficient as fluorescent or LED lights, they still use 10%-20% less energy than incandescent light bulbs.

Recommended Lumens (Brightness) for Each Room

The higher the lumens, the brighter your light bulb will be. Choosing the right lumens for each room depends on the size of the room, the room color, and lighting intensity. Here’s a room-by-room lumens recommendation provided by House Logic:


  • Kitchen: 5,000 – 10,000 lumens
  • Bathroom: 4,000 – 8,000 lumens
  • Bedroom: 2,000 – 4,000 lumens
  • Living Room: 1,500 – 3,000 lumens
  • Dining Area: 3,000 – 6,000 lumens
  • Home Office: 3,000 – 6,0000 lumens

While you can use the above as a general reference, we recommend you consult with one of our team members to get a more customized idea of how to properly light your rooms.

Kelvins (Light Appearance)

Kelvin (K) is a unit used to measure the temperature or “color” produced by light. When a light appears cooler or lighter, then it has a higher Kelvin number. Light bulb packages will categorize the different temperatures like so:


  • Soft White/Warm White (2700 K) – This type of light temperature goes well in bedrooms and living rooms as it provides a warmer and cozier ambience.


  • Bright White/Cool White (4100 K) – This brighter and cooler light helps give kitchens, bathrooms, and garages a more lively energy since they function as areas where you are doing hands-on tasks.


  • Daylight (5000 – 6000 K) – This type of lighting also suits bathrooms, kitchens, and basements as they’re the best areas to focus on particular tasks.

Types of Light Fixtures

There are a variety of light fixtures you can choose for each room in your house. Some fixtures may even be paired together in one room. Again, the fixtures you choose will entirely depend on the function of a particular room. Our team can help you install lighting of your choice. Here’s a list from The American Lighting Association for your consideration.


  • Hanging/Ceiling Mount Lights
  • Chandeliers
  • Wall-Mounted Lights
  • Stair Lights
  • Pendant Lighting
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Track Lighting
  • Table Lamps

Choose Professional Lighting Installation Experts in Ashburn, VA!

We know the previously discussed information may be a little overwhelming, but our team is here to help. We have installed a range of lighting fixtures in spaces of all sizes. Our professional lighting installation team prioritizes your satisfaction and safety and will work together with you to determine the best lighting design for your home.


Upgrade your home lighting today! Request a handyman at (571) 336-7711 or fill out our form.

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