The art of residential lighting

Home is your escape from the world.  Close the door and enjoy beautifully creative interiors illuminated by the finest professional residential lighting design schemes.  And craft a sensory world of aesthetic beauty, stimulation, and emotion.

Home is your blank canvas.  It’s where you can truly express your sense of style, your feelings, and your individual taste to maximise happiness, safety and contentment.  So lighting should flatter; it should breathe life into everyday spaces, and create pockets of warmth, intrigue and interest.

Choosing colour palettes, sumptuous textures, beautiful pieces of furniture, and signature ornaments, paintings, or pictures means you can develop your very own interior style.  And, of course, enhancing your favourite pieces or areas of your home with an exquisite residential lighting design scheme offers the ultimate finishing touch.

“A picture paints a thousand words… and beautiful lighting creates a world of sensory stimulation and aesthetic beauty”

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About Ajay Vasdev… Why residential lighting design

In 2000, my journey into the sensory world of residential lighting design began.  And since then, I’ve developed a privileged reputation as one of the UK’s leading residential lighting design consultants renowned for my lighting design schemes which boast aesthetic beauty, stimulate the senses, and evoke emotion.

I came to the world of residential lighting design with a clear understanding of what a successful interior design scheme entailed – as well as the passion, drive, and determination with which to create lighting design schemes with a difference.

A professional lighting design scheme is the difference between an average interior and a breathtaking interior.

Ajay Vasdev… Background history

Following in my father’s property development footsteps, I bought my first house at just 17 years of age.  Thanks to an early career start, I understood from a tender age the necessary work and level of detail required in order to transform a property into a highly desirable residence.

With an impressive portfolio of residential property developments and a proven background in property renovation, I then went on to help run the family’s building merchant business whilst studying at Manchester Metropolitan University.  My 15 years of experience within the family firm gave me further insight into the fundamentals of interior design, layout and fitting as I worked with everything from bathrooms and kitchens to light fittings.

It was then time to broaden my horizons.  So I had a career move and joined a major Pharmaceutical business in medical sales.  I needed experience away from the family business, and to see how other companies operated.  It opened my eyes to many different ways of doing business, and for three years I was lucky enough to travel all over the world.

However, my roots and passions have always been in property and design.  On a business trip to Europe I stumbled upon a truly inspirational and high end architectural lighting design company.  At the time, very few businesses offered such bespoke architectural lighting design services – and even now it continues to remain a niche market.  I was awe-struck by the company’s philosophy and felt highly inspired to return to what I loved doing best.

I secured my first client almost immediately and produced a phenomenally unique and very high end bespoke lighting design scheme.  And the rest, as they say, is history…

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Supported by an exceptionally talented team of lighting designers, consultants, international procurement specialists and project managers, but always at the forefront of every project…

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Ajay’s ethos is always to create the ideal Lighting design with the client in mind. It is important that the client is understood and their lifestyle and needs are taken on board when designing their lighting scheme.

Ajay’s design background and contacts within the industry allow him to use the best products, materials and solutions available. He will not only create a lighting design but can use lighting within bespoke furniture design or bespoke glass pieces.

Working on projects all over the UK and abroad, Ajay’s experience includes both residential and commercial projects of all shapes and styles.

Ajay is always keeping up to date within the world of lighting visiting shows, lighting events and manufacturers all over Europe.

Honest and transparent working methods allow Ajay to be client focussed

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Working area lighting

Wherever your working area is, it is critical to furnish the right working environment. The most vital kind of work area lighting that ought to be considered is the task light. In most cases, the task light is a desk lamp, but alongside knowledge of new methods to light disparate areas, cooler lights are being utilised to furnish an even range of lighting concerning the area. Background lighting ought to additionally be believed as work area lighting to make the space as cosy as possible, as frequently, people are in this area for a long length of time.

Task lighting

Task lighting is a kind of lighting that is vital in stopping eye strain. It provides focus on the task. Task lighting is reliant on what tasks are being undertaken. For different tasks, disparate task lights are utilized reliant on where the focus is required. In a most cases, the background lighting can craft plenty of light to illuminate the area where tasks are being performed.

Stairs corridors and landing lighting

These areas are the most frequently forgotten areas of the house even though they are plausibly the most utilized, people do not pay attention to these areas as they are mostly used as walkthroughs. Ingenious lighting incorporated into this space can aid the flow of the residence.

A collection of lighting methods can be utilized in corridors, by employing floor washers to illuminate the floor of the area, this can create a soft light that softens the space. Alternatively elevated wall lights are an ingenious method to illuminate a corridor functionally rather than down lights. These fittings additionally craft melodramatic washes of light onto the ceiling adding drama to what normally is a dull space.

Stairs are an additionally forgotten area of the house but by crafting a soft light in this area, you are able to make a feature of the staircase, creating flow between floors.

Pool lighting

Pools are frequently utilized as relaxation areas, so pool lighting will aid to give you a relaxed environment. Fibre optic lights can be utilized to recreate the result of stars. Lighting the ceiling is additionally vital in the pool area as they demand to be maintained. Using wall washers as lighting can aid to give you melodramatic results and a focal point in the pool area, and additionally creates an extra relaxed environment.

Living room lighting

The living room is the friendliest room in the house. Family and friends gather here and get together as well as a space for somewhere to relax. The living room lighting ought to be the most flexible form of lighting to accommodate the moods of every single situation.

When arranging living room lighting, it is useful to design the layout of furniture first. This is so sockets and fixtures can be hidden behind the furniture to make them as tactful as possible.

When looking at living room lighting, it’s all concerning the details. Ceiling heights additionally play a large role in lighting. Chandeliers are frequently utilized to craft the illusion that the ceiling is lower, and sizing the scale of the room. If you have manipulated ceiling heights perhaps a combination of recessed ceiling fixtures, decorative wall lights and table lamps will give you a larger looking space.

Down lights can be utilized in living room to emphasise precise key features, as well as accent lighting, that instantly draws you in to the room and makes you feel extra welcome.

Layering lighting

The flexibility of a lighting scheme permits users to craft a flawless environment. By layering lighting you are able to manipulate the intensity and amount of light you want. Disparate lighting effects are needed when layering to safeguard a good balance. Every kind of lighting that will be utilised when layering ought to be manipulated individually to permit maximum variation of the lighting to give the lighting results the user requires.

Kitchen Lighting

The kitchen is a room for functionality and is utilised throughout the day. A good level of background kitchen lighting is key that in present kitchens is attained by employing down lights. It is vital not to cast down lights onto the floors that leaves the worktops in darkness. The down lights are utilised below cabinets so the worktops have a soft light imitating off.

Up lighting can additionally be utilized in kitchens alongside elevated ceilings. Even though it does not cast a major light, up lighting creates an ambience that can emphasis architectural features.

Gardens and decks

Using the right shades of light in a garden is essential. The garden ought to not be lit from above. By spreading up lights along a long driveway or pathway, this will give you extra emphasis rather than having just a long walkway fully lit. By creating this, you are able to focus on a focal point at the end of the path that might be a statue. Use Focal lighting to emphasise spaces that are well looked after, normally closer to the house.

Entrances and pathway

As it is frequently said, the first impression is the lasting impression. Creating an honest friendly feeling to visitors when approaching your residence is vital as it determines the mood.

To create an extra friendly way, lights ought to be utilized to frame the door frame. This creates an honest and approachable appearance for guests.

Using up lights concerning plants can aid to craft a subtle, well-lit pathway leading up to the main entrance.

If the house has steps, lighting these are vital to create a friendly feeling and this also illuminates the steps for functional use.

Floodlights are a functional method of lighting the residence but can additionally have a little unflattering results by emphasising imperfections on the house or distracting away from the architectural details.

Dining area lighting

Dining areas are to be used in a relaxed nature, whether it being for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the dining area additionally acts as a friendly relaxed environment.

The key target for the dining area lighting is to focus light onto the centre of the table but never above the diners’ heads. A discernible focus point such as a chandelier could be used. Down lights can additionally be allocated around the room as well as accent lighting that can be used so every area can be manipulated separately. This enables people to personalise their lighting experience according to the situation.

Concealed Lighting

Concealed lighting is frequently used to give the results of light but without seeing the light source. This lighting works well in a minimalist setting to give you clean and crisp lines.

Concealed lighting can be utilized in assorted methods to create different effects. It can be cast as a down light or up light and can be utilized to create differing results. Again, the reflection of the light will have to be considered. If there are glossy surfaces, the reflection will ruin the lighting effect.

Bedroom lighting

The bedroom is a location for relaxation and functionality so it is important to ensure the lighting is correct for this space. A bedroom needs to be used as both a wakeup call and a location to enthuse rest.

Whether space in your room is minimal or vast, there is always a flawless resolution to enhance the interiors of the room. In extra roomy rooms, freestanding furniture can be utilized to work with the lighting. Low glare down lights can be utilized to give focus on a flamboyant headboard or a feature wall.

Floating lighting below beds, bedside tables, and wardrobes can be helpful to the room to create a soft radiate that can be utilized as a nightlight.

Task lighting is important in the bedroom. Most frequently this kind of lighting is utilized for reading, and if lit wrong can strain the eyes.

By employing ingenious bedroom lighting methods, different aspects of the room can be lit up. Lights can be managed towards dressing areas or wardrobes to furnish adequate lighting when needed.

Depending on what your interiors are like, alternative lighting methods can be utilized to create a relaxing feel in the rooms. From daytime to evening, the lighting can change and change the environment of the room.

Decorative Lighting

Decorative lighting is a personal choice to create a theme in the room. Decorative lighting comes in countless forms encompassing wall lamps, chandeliers and pendant lights. Decorative lighting has once more made an emergence in interior design. With the collection of decorative lights widely available, people are able to select what goes alongside their personalities.

Decorative lighting comes in an expansive scope of assortments and colours, from simple and refined to extravagant and elaborate.

The vital thing when choosing decorative lighting is to ensure there is no glare from the reflection that is created from the light.

Bathroom Lighting

The bathroom frequently uses reflective materials that can be helpful on the lighting results that can be achieved.

Layers of lighting are vital when looking at illuminating each room. To create layers, different bathroom lighting results can be created on separate levels. With these the variation in lighting can differ from task to task.

Most frequently, the most vital location in the bathroom that needs to be lit is the mirror. Possessing the wrong kind of bathroom lighting can give you the wrong kind of shadows on a persons’ face. The best kind of lighting to have on a bathroom mirror is a light either side of the mirror and gives a balanced light on both factions of the face.

Lights that will sketch focus to imperfections are not the best resolutions as they will sketch the eye to things that do not desire to be seen.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting can be utilized in a collection of methods, encompassing up lighting, down lighting, whatever that can be utilized to highlight key features in the room.

When arranging how to use accent lighting in a room, it is vital to safeguard merely an insufficient focal points are highlighted to craft the difference accent lighting ought to achieve. Accomplished a good balance of lighting is a room is vital to craft a pleasant environment.

Accent lighting is generally utilized after lighting pictures. Picture lighting is vital but have to be believed carefully. After lighting a picture a lot of things have to be believed such as the warmth and reflection off the glass on the front of a mirror.

Background Lighting

Background lighting is usually the light that creates the ambience in a room. Disparate rooms will use disparate kinds of background lighting reliant on what tasks will be gave there.

If down lights are utilized to craft a background lighting, safeguard they are coordinated to enhance the layout of the space or use wall cleaning to craft a softer lighting effect.

The key to lighting is to safeguard that whatever the light is aimed at, the right result is achieved. A darker external will cut the reflection as a brighter external will permit for the maximum reflection of the light making the room seem brighter than what it truly could be.

The colours of the space frolic a vital act on how light is reflected. The brighter the walls, the less lights needed to light the space. The darker the wall, the extra light is needed to illuminate the space. Matt walls and ceilings are additionally favoured as glossy surfaces undeviating imitate the light that could be unappealing.

Here you can find a selection of hints and tips to create effective lighting

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