Lighting Guide Residential

Lighting Guide | Residential


Enter the world of residential lighting, where you have the freedom to shape your space with light. Forget about strict rules – here, it's all about your preferences and style. Imagine being in control, adjusting light effects, intensities, and color temperatures to match your mood. Want a cozy nook or an open, fresh vibe? It's your call.

It depends on the mood you want to achieve (muted or airy), the colours (dark or light), the brightness during the day (if it's low, you'll tend to switch on more during the day, with other needs than in the evening), ...

However, there are some rooms in which we pay more attention to the level of lighting: the kitchen, the bathroom and the office.

The ideal solution is to provide several circuits (different lighting levels) and/or dimming to vary the ambience and adapt to all situations, depending on the time of day. If dimming to warm (colour temperature variation) is integrated into the luminaires, this will meet your needs even more effectively.

Light can be used on different levels to create specific atmospheres and lighting effects.


General lighting

With luminaires coming from the ceiling, with wide, diffused optics and distributed in a balanced way, the room is bathed in light, often more intense. Ideally, some of the light should be directed towards the walls to increase the feeling of brightness (and reduce the number of luminaires).

The key advantages:

  • Encompass the space, making the room more legible.
  • Create a more dynamic, stimulating atmosphere.
  • Ensure better visibility when working.

But it can also flatten volumes and remove nuances.



Using optically directed luminaires (recessed or surface-mounted spotlights recessed or surface-mounted spotlights, suspended luminaires, recessed floor luminaires), we choose to illuminate certain parts of the room and deliberately leave areas in shadow. To illuminate certain parts of the room and deliberately leave areas in shadow.

The key advantages:

  • Draw the eye to the illuminated element, highlighting it (object, furniture, architectural detail).
  • Creating lighting effects, contrasts, staging, highlighting, etc.
  • Enjoy a more intimate, cocooning atmosphere.

Indirect lighting

Using linear luminaires (strip or track LEDs) integrated into niches, false ceiling recesses, furniture, etc., create a light that is diffused by reflection in the room (ideally on light-coloured walls).

The key advantages:

  • Softly adding background and depth to the space.
  • Highlight textures and materials (or flaws!) and emphasise architecture.
  • Make savings on the lighting budget (non-visible technical products).

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