If you are considering using a halogen lamp, congratulations! This article will give you all the information you need!
A halogen lamp, how does it work ?
So let’s start with the regular light bulbs that you see in every normal apartment. It emits light for approximately 750-1000 hours. It’s not very efficient, because it also radiates infrared heat – a lot more heat than light, in fact. Like the purpose of lamps is to transmit light – heat is wasted energy.
The halogen lamp has several advantages over conventional bulbs, according to Wikipedia:
- They can be disposed of with household waste
- same quality and quantity of light throughout the service life
- light output 30% higher than that of a conventional bulb (for example a 100 W halogen bulb illuminates as much as a conventional 130 W incandescent)
- very good color rendering (Color rendering index 95 to 100, warm, white and bright light quality)
- very variable size, multiple shapes
- low energy consumption during manufacturing compared to fluorescent or compact fluorescent lamps
- easily recyclable (does not contain dangerous products such as mercury in fluorescent bulbs)
- available in a wide variety of bases
However, if you are decorating your new home and are wondering what type of lighting to use, there are some rules and principles that can make your choice easier:
What type of light is needed in each room ?
Here there are two basic rules. First of all, to create a nice effect, a cozy atmosphere, you need to have several light sources on several levels of the room. Lamps on the ceiling, walls, lamps to accentuate the floor, neon lights – you can combine any lamps.
The second rule of thumb – consider what you are going to do in that particular room or place and choose appropriate lamps for that particular task. Are you going to read? Choose clear lamps. Obviously you want to have more light in front of the mirror where you do your makeup and less light if you want to have a romantic dinner. Here are some tips for the five most common places:
Put lamps in three of the four corners by focusing one of the lights on an object (a piece of art, a plant, etc.). Use a combination of table lamps and lamps in the floor – several with a downward glow and others, which shine upward.
The dining room
To attract attention to the table, it must be the brightest point in the room. A chandelier above the table can accomplish this task. In the corners of the room, indirect lighting is a good choice – relaxing and flattering. Give the space a subtle glow with a pair of small table lamps on a sideboard or lights on the wall above. Small lamps in a dresser, full of decorations can inspire a feeling of curiosity in your guests.
Focus on lighting above, with a dimmer, but also add lights to illuminate work surfaces. Use chandeliers, under cabinet lights or a sturdy table lamp (away from the sink).
Aim to create a cozy and comfortable atmosphere: the lamps can be next to the bed, but should not be pointed directly at it. You can put on a small lamp with a little light that mimics the mood, created by candles. Also, neon lights under the bed or accent lights are a good idea.
If you are considering museum type lighting, halogen lights are the solution you need.
Interior designers often act as advisors about lighting in people’s homes. They are noticed that people make several mistakes very often. Now we will analyze them:
- Use lamps with a glow down all over. This is the mistake that specialists see everywhere and all the time. People think that the ceiling light illuminates the whole room, but that is not always the case.
- Another mistake that people often make – they forget to consider work lamps in the kitchen. There are several ways of lighting the meter – for example, put lamps under upper cabinets. And if your kitchen design lacks the cabinets above the work surfaces – no worries, then use wall lights. It’s best to add several low halogen lights and focus them on the area where you are going to cook. Afterwards, you can use them as to accent the walls.
- Lack of horizontal light, especially in the bathroom. Ceiling lights that go downward can create exaggerated shadows that distort your face. It’s even worse in the bathroom when you have to put on makeup or shave (if you’re male) and there are shadows all over your face and the light is just insufficient. The solution is to use horizontal lights that brighten your entire face. Like this, everyday tasks such as shaving, waxing, applying makeup will become easier.
- Another mistake is using a halogen lamp without a dimmer. A dimmer can reduce energy consumption as well as heat production by extending the life of the lamp.
- People often forget to integrate all three types of light at the same time – ambient, work and accent light. Designers know that each type of space in the home needs different types of light. Ambient light is the lighting for a space where people communicate. Work lights are more focused and clearer – for reading, cutting vegetables and cooking, shaving, etc. Accent light is used to highlight works of art. Neons, on the other hand, are used to create a very specific and cozy feeling, even a little futuristic. By combining the three types you will create a space of style and comfort that your guests will find admirable..
So, without further ado, here is our gallery for today, with ideas and tips for the halogen lamp, how to use it and how to decorate your home with light.!
Halogen lamp: the life of a halogen lamp is 4 times longer compared to a regular lamp
Halogen lamp: a very nice bedroom
Halogen lamp: you can create a very comfortable atmosphere at night with this type of lamps
Halogen lamp: here is an example with a lighted kitchen on several levels – there are lamps on the ceiling, also under the cabinets and exactly on the counter
What is important is to use a variety of different light sources – as in the photo
Here is an example with halogen lamps
This kitchen also has several light sources, even a small window on the ceiling, but mostly lamps, also work lamps.
Here is an example with halogen lamps, used to accentuate the painting in the photo
Here is a cozy bedroom with several lamps of yellowish light
Here you can clearly see that the lamps are focused on the photos to accentuate them
You can put accent lights in the cabinets – it creates a very chic and a bit mysterious effect
A nice indoor pool with accent lights – the atmosphere is wonderful
Accent lights create a very different feeling in the bedroom, a bit futuristic
Neons are a very pretty way of lighting
Halogen lamps in combination with a large chandelier
Here are some very interesting chandeliers in this kitchen with halogen lamps
Just one lamp is sufficient to accentuate the painting
Halogen lamps, accent lights and neon in combination with a chic chandelier
Neon lights under the bed create a mysterious feeling
Another example with a bedroom with ceiling accents
Here is a kitchen a little darker in terms of colors, but nevertheless well lit with lights of
Neon lights on the ceiling create the feeling that the room is bigger and brighter