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Lighting is more than tossing up a light fixture and a lightbulb or two. There’s a whole world of opportunity and possibility when it comes to lighting up the world around you.
And then there’s style and design to take into account. Just one walk through the lighting department of your local home improvement store and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
Three types of lighting
Now let’s break lighting down into three categories: ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.
You want to think with a strategy in mind as you consider your mobile home lighting. Well-lit workplaces, for instance, are important.
Ambient (general) lighting
In this category, you’re looking at lighting that fills the room. It’s what you start with when lighting a room. (Some of us end there too.) It’s where designers begin in their design of light. It can emanate from table and floor lamps, recessed downlights, ceiling lights, etc. They carry the characteristic of providing an even spill of light for the room.
For work or reading areas, task lights are king. The ambient lighting will evenly spill over the room’s surfaces. But the task light can be brought in to hone in on a specific location or item. Examples of task lighting include desk lamps and under-cabinet lights. Some people like to use pendants and track lighting for task lighting. This can work well if you use the right lightbulbs. Halogen bulbs, for example, will do the job just fine.
To bring a zing of attention to a specific item rather than space, accent lighting brings in a flair of drama to the scene. There is often a bit of shadow around the item of interest. Wall sconces, floodlights, recessed lights, torchère lamps, and track lighting can be used to accent an item or space.
Mobile home lighting: The best solutions room-by-room
So let’s take a jaunt through the typical mobile home. We’re going to do a play by play on what works best and why. Additionally, we’ll offer some design options for you to consider within that framework.
Ultimately, it’s your mobile home. You’ll know better than anyone else whether or not a lighting solution will work. So take this advice with a grain of salt and use your mind to see how these tips can be best applied to your home situation.
Living room or den
For the living room or den, you’re wanting to set a laidback mood. It’s a gathering place. A place of relaxation and winding down. It’s also a place where you welcome company for a refreshing bit of conversation.
Soft, white incandescent bulbs will bring a warm glow that’s just right.
Now say hello to the kitchen. After you’ve brought in ambient lighting to fill the room, it’s time to think about task lighting. Whether it’s through drop pendants or recessed light cans, task lighting will prove an asset to your mobile home’s kitchen life. You’ll love how it gives you just the right light to focus on your kitchen duties and experiments. Don’t forget to install them over the sink!
For the bedroom, ambient light is a given. But don’t forget that task lighting will have its place in the forms of reading lamps. Accent lights may provide a romantic aesthetic to your bedroom, adding a dramatic effect to a picture or decor piece.
Here we go again with the ambient light. In addition to the ambient light, bring task lighting to your bathroom mirror. This will help with shaving, makeup application, etc. Trust us. You’ll love having that task lighting.
Utility or laundry room
Fluorescent lights bulbs will provide the light you need to focus on laundry and ironing in your utility room. Forget squinting to find or do what you need. A well-lit work environment is just what you need.
Four most common types of lightbulbs
Here are the four more common types of lightbulbs: incandescent, compact fluorescent bulbs, LEDs, and halogen.
For most of us, these are the bulbs we’re used to buying. They’re warm and glowing in the light they give off. They’ve been around for a while but they’re not energy efficient compared to our other options.
Compact fluorescent bulbs
Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) give off a cooler light. They can be purchased in various brightnesses and temperatures. They’re much more energy efficient than the incandescent lightbulb. Beware that they do have a tiny amount of mercury.
Also energy efficient, the LED light has quite the lifespan – much longer than the previous two lightbulbs mentioned. The LED light is harsh and direct.
For halogen, you’re looking at a daylight lookalike. It can come in handy for task lighting.
Light up your world
There’s something about the right lighting that can help bring your mobile home to life. But that’s not the only positive change you can make. Have you thought about bringing unique fabrics and textures into your mobile home’s style?