Making a lighting plan may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a renovation or move.

And that while the lighting has a lot of influence on the atmosphere in the house.

But how do you make a good lighting plan?

Experts tell NU.nl.

According to Jaco Goudriaan, owner of Lichtkunde, it works best if you make a lighting plan before you start building.

"That way you get the most out of your home. Sometimes people already have their house full, and although a lighting plan can also be devised and implemented then, it is more difficult to get everything away nicely."

It is useful if you already know how the house will be furnished, he says.

There are specialized companies that can make a lighting plan for you, but you can also do it yourself.

Various step-by-step plans can be found online.

If you are going to work yourself, start by drawing a floor plan, says Eduard Jorissen, LED specialist at Letsleds.

"Think about which space is used for what. Is it an atmospheric space such as the living room or a practical space, such as the kitchen or bathroom? This makes a difference in the type of lighting. You can indicate on the floor plan where you want light points."

Make a calculation for the spots

Spots are very popular right now.

According to Jorissen, you can use a calculation to determine how many spots you need.

This isn't about placement, just quantity.

A distinction is made here between practical spaces and atmospheric spaces.

Approximately how many spots do you need?

  • Practical space: one spot per 1.5 square meters

  • Atmospheric space: one spot per 2 to 3 square meters

However, the amount also depends on other factors, such as the height of the ceiling.

It is of course a matter of taste.

Think about the position where you want the spotlight: for example, you want the worktop in the kitchen to be well lit, so you can place a few more there.

But in the dining room there is usually a lamp above the table, so spots are often not needed there.

Also pay attention to the amount of watts, advises Jorissen.

"We usually assume a spot of 5 watts in LED. But if you have a high ceiling, for example, it may be more suitable to take 7 or 8 watts."

It is also important to take the light color into account, because it determines the atmosphere very much.

According to Jorissen, the standard light color in the house is 2,700 Kelvin.

If you want warmer light, you should go for a lower number.

For whiter light you need a higher number.

Make sure you also think about the controls.

So consider whether you want a switch or a dimmer.

Common mistakes when making a lighting plan

It is not a simple job, such a lighting plan.

There are also some things that people often do wrong when they make the plan themselves.

According to Goudriaan, people often place too many light sources, because they have no idea of ​​the effect of different light sources.

Jorissen van Letsleds says it is unwise not to have the lighting plan examined by a professional. "You can make a lighting plan yourself, but always have someone with experience look at it. You have to buy your lamps somewhere, then have someone check your lighting plan for you right away."

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