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As daylight savings starts in Colorado, we’re greeted with the promise of longer days and the gentle transition into the warmer months ahead. This seasonal shift brings with it a renewed appreciation for the natural light that graces our homes, illuminating our spaces and infusing them with warmth and vitality. In this blog post, we embark on a journey through the realm of home lighting, exploring strategies to optimize our living spaces as daylight savings time begins. From harnessing the invigorating power of natural light to embracing innovative lighting solutions, we aim to guide you in creating a home that radiates comfort, functionality and ambiance during the brighter months ahead. 

  Join us as we navigate the intricacies of lighting design, uncover creative solutions and celebrate the beauty of longer days within the walls of our homes.  

harnessing natural light

As we set our clocks forward and bid farewell to shorter days, it’s essential to acknowledge the impact of daylight savings time on our daily routines. With the sun setting later, we have the opportunity to maximize our exposure to natural light, enhancing our mood and productivity. However, as daylight wanes, our homes must adapt to ensure that they remain welcoming and well-lit environments. 

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to illuminate your home is by harnessing the power of natural light. Positioning furniture and decor to facilitate light flow, utilizing reflective surfaces to amplify sunlight and enhancing windows for increased daylight are all strategies that can help maximize natural light sources within your home.  

Dirt and pollution build up on windows and screens throughout the winter season, and it may be hard to notice with the season’s shorter days and longer nights. Start by giving your windows a deep clean, inside and out. For window exteriors and hard-to-reach areas, enlist the help of a local professional and aim for frequent cleanings throughout the season. Once your windows are sparkling clean, reevaluate your window treatments to ensure the maximum flow of light. While blackout curtains are ideal for bedroom spaces, consider adding sheer panels for a soft, diffused look throughout the day.  

Next, consider the power of reflective surfaces throughout the home. Accent mirrors are a simple solution to adding light to darker corners while high-gloss floors and countertops create illumination in unexpected places. Rearrange obstructions, such as furnishings and plants, from windows and glass doors to increase the flow of natural light. 

getting creative with artificial light

 In addition to natural light, artificial lighting plays a crucial role in illuminating our living spaces. Choosing the right bulbs for various rooms, implementing layered lighting techniques and incorporating dimmers and smart lighting controls are all effective ways to enhance your home’s lighting scheme and create a warm, inviting atmosphere. 

From decorative lighting fixtures to personalized lighting schemes, there are countless creative ways to illuminate your home and add a touch of style and functionality. Whether you’re highlighting architectural features with strategic lighting or creating relaxation zones with soft, warm lighting, the possibilities are endless when it comes to designing the perfect lighting scheme for your space. 

During twilight and evening hours, take note of the temperature of your home’s artificial light sources. Warm light sources are ideal for adding a comfortable, relaxing aura to home spaces and are ideal for bedroom, living room and dining area. For kitchens and bathrooms, consider cool temperature light bulbs that craft a cleaner, more energetic atmosphere. Regardless of which temperature suits your home’s individual spaces, aim for consistency, especially in open-concept floorplans where cool and warm light sources should not intermix.  

Layering light sources is another way to illuminate home spaces for a cohesive, yet lived-in look. Modern homes are moving away from traditional canned lighting and opting for more layered light sources, Another trend we’re noticing is built-in lighting within indoor soffits. This architectural choice adds dimension by reflecting light off the ceiling and creates the illusion of a larger space.

If a full reimagination of indoor lighting is possible, consider adding dimmable light sources paired with smart technology to adjust the illumination of your home throughout the day. 

smart lighting + sustainability

For those looking to take their lighting to the next level, smart lighting technology offers a wealth of possibilities. From voice-controlled lighting systems to energy-saving features and scheduling options, smart lighting allows you to customize your home’s lighting experience to suit your lifestyle and preferences. 

Incorporating smart lighting technology into the home has never been easier. In many cases, homeowners and renters alike can easily swap out the bulbs in pre-established light fixtures for smart bulbs that integrate with home tech such as Amazon Echo and Google Assistant. For larger homes, a more robust home technology system can offer residents a comprehensive solution for lighting, sound, entertainment and more.  

Finally, as we embrace longer days and brighter evenings, it’s essential to consider the environmental impact of our lighting choices. Opting for energy-efficient bulbs and fixtures, incorporating daylight harvesting techniques and properly disposing of old or broken light bulbs are all simple yet effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint and create a more sustainable home environment. 

As daylight savings time begins and the days grow longer, there’s no better time to illuminate your home and embrace the beauty of natural light. By harnessing the power of both natural and artificial lighting, embracing creative design ideas and incorporating smart lighting technology and sustainable practices, you can create a home that radiates comfort, functionality and ambiance all year round.

 

 

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