Artificial lighting will always play a major role in your paint’s endgame aesthetics. Even for the rooms that get their fair share of natural lighting, the Sun can go down and leave your walls looking bland and unappealing. There are quite a few ways to benefit all of your rooms with artificial lighting; depending on the colour you’re looking to enhance, your lighting solution could vary greatly. Here are some examples of which lights augment which colours to help you out.
This type of light gives off a cool aura that fittingly benefits cooler colours such as shades of green and blue. Conversely, fluorescent lights will conflict with warmer colours and lessen their overall visual quality. One should also decide if they are okay with the “buzzing” caused by most fluorescent lights as well as the fact that they contain mercury and most will not be compatible with light switch dimmers.
As a light with a warmer atmosphere, incandescent lights can augment your warmer hues of yellows, oranges, and reds. Once again, this pro is accompanies by a con and these lights will actually diminish cooler colours in a room. Fortunately, these lights tend to be inexpensive in the short-term although a lack of longevity and high energy costs greatly downplay their value in the long-term.
These lights actually illuminate a room in a way that closely resembles daylight. As such, they work well to sharpen and enhance most colours. They are also flexible in that they can be dimmed to achieve different results for the colours in a room. While they are more expensive than incandescent lights, they are also more cost efficient.
LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) proffer a very flexible approach to lighting and will improve the look of most colours as well. They are also extremely environmentally friendly and economical as far as longevity. They also have the ability to be dimmed. They actually contain no hazardous materials as well. Unfortunately the up-front cost is still somewhat expensive though.
Compact Fluorescent Lights can vary wildly. You have to check the Kelvin rating; a lower number equates to a warmer bulb. The full spectrum CFLs, however, offer another lighting solution that mimics daylight and will enhance the majority of colours. Like LEDs, they are quite economical and greatly benefit the environment when compared to cheaper/older lighting systems. CFLs are also dimmable. There is a downside in the small amount of mercury they contain, but this can be remedied through proper disposal. Also, one of CFL’s most attractive benefits lies in its relatively inexpensive cost whereas halogen and LEDs require a greater investment.
What lighting solution will you opt for? The key differentiators to consider are initial costs, energy costs, longevity, versatility, environmental impact, and, of course, the impact the lighting will have on your painted surfaces. Remember to consider your home’s natural lighting as well to make sure that the two light sources don’t conflict and overwhelm your paint choices when they are occasionally used in tandem.