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Unique Loft Lighting Ideas [Interactive]

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Once the loft construction work has finished, the important task of determining and installing those finishing touches to the decor begins. From deciding on a shade of paint for the walls, to picking out carpeting and soft furnishings, these elements could play a big part in the overall look and feel of your new loft.

Perhaps the most crucial choice, however, is the type of lighting you opt for. While some lighting requires installation during construction, this is not a decision that should be rushed or taken lightly.

Lighting can make or break a room, whether making it seem much bigger than it is or unintentionally creating a dark and dingy space. From installed systems in ceilings or walls to free-standing lamps, lighting can determine mood and ambience to a greater extent than many other elements of a room’s decor – particularly in lofts, where space may be at slightly more of a premium.

So what are some of the more unique ideas for loft lighting?

LED Spot Lighting

LEDs are becoming a popular lighting choice throughout the home, offering a highly durable and energy efficient alternative to orthodox incandescent bulbs. Using far less power, they are friendlier to the environment, but they can also provide a fantastic way of illuminating a space in an understated and directional manner.

Often used in spot lighting, LEDs offer flexibility in design, with the option to dim individual bulbs in a system to help create a desired mood or ambience.

Sensored Lighting

Providing an attractive mix of convenience and energy efficiency, lighting networks that are operated via a sensor are a great option for converted lofts.

With lights turning on as you enter the room, and turning themselves off after a certain period of inactivity, sensored lighting is well suited to low traffic areas, and lofts often aren’t the most used room in the house.

For those lofts with staircases, having the lights turn on as you ascend is ideal – particularly if your hands are full and you don’t want to risk stumbling upwards in the dark.

Mood Lighting

Aside from the practicality aspect, the most important role that lighting plays is in creating a mood and ambience within a space. In a converted loft, this can be done in a number of ways.

Dimmer switches provide flexibility when it comes to your mood, from bright and clear while working at an office desk to low and unintrusive when trying to relax in the evening. If dimmer switches seem a bit ambitious, consider the simple addition of some subtle fairy lights hung over larger furniture to help generate a calming atmosphere.

Orthodox ceiling lights or pendant lights might not be suitable for sloping roofs, so well-placed floor lamps combined with flush-fitting, indented ceiling lights are the best option here.