5 Tips For Day to Night Transitional Lighting

Although the sun beams upon us during the days of August, from this point on it’s inevitable that the evenings will draw in darker faster with each day that passes as the UK slowly creeps towards Autumn. Blink your eyes at 5pm and the sun will be gone before you know it.

Come September and the sudden change in the natural light patterns will wreak havoc with our only just adjusted body-clocks, so ease into the upcoming change and prepare yourself for the fall now with some custom interior lighting designs that will illuminate the perfect atmosphere to rest into the evening with.

So, here are 5 tips for day to night transitional lighting.

Use a dimmer switch
This is a simple, cost effective, and easy way to garner control of the lighting in a room. As the natural light begins to fade, switch it on to full, then as you naturally unwind, dim the light down to suit your mood. Simple.

Credit: HQ Designs

There are a plethora of styles and interactive dimmers on the market, but a good old £10 B&Q basic dimmer switch will suffice perfectly for controlling one lighting circuit. Although, more advanced options offer WiFi connectivity, so you don’t even have to leave the sofa, or, feature programmable routines so that everything runs smoothly everyday without you casting a thought towards it.

Use LED Tape
LED tape can uplift any room at the flick of a switch, but the trick to using it to create a boujee feel is to fix the tape in a place that’s not visible during the day. You don’t want to see the tape, just the soft illumination that it provides.

Place it on top of cupboards for a soft uplight effect, or underneath side tables and shelf’s for an unsuspecting downlight effect. Don’t go too wild though, with LED tape a little is a lot when it comes to creating atmosphere. And play around with the colour options! There are a multitude of affordable brands that offer changing colour LED tape, so it’s a perfect option that can be suited to any mood or occasion at the click of a button.

Lamps, lamps, lamps.
Of course this one depends on the amount of space that’s available to you, but lamps are the obvious choice when it comes to transitioning your lighting scheme from day through to night. Easy to find secondhand and just as easy to install – just plug it in and go.

Available in an endless range of designs, we don’t need to explain the benefits of having a lamp in the room. However, traditionally lamps can be a bit stagnant. They light to one level of light and that’s it until you turn it off. But you can be savvy and creative by switching up the bulb in your lamp for a smart bulb that will instantly turn your lamp into a dimming, colour changing delight.

Switch up the temperature colour of your bulbs.
If you’re not feeling too “smart” and still enjoy the traditional lighting options, another way to add mood and depth to an evening is to change the colour temperature of the bulls around your house.

Reserve bright daylight bulbs for the main lights, and opt for a more warm glow in your lamps and other mood lighting outputs. This option is simple, but the effect is impressive.

Change your lampshades
This is perfect for working with the hanging light and lamp options you already have. Card shades can cast harsh shadows around a room, which of course works well in certain design schemes, but for a softer and warmer glow consider changing one or two shades to linen – as these lampshades cast a dreamy glow in a room that card shades simply can’t. To maximise the effect choose a naturally warm coloured shade to increase the glow.

Credit: Rosegrath Creations

You can pick up linen shades in various colours and patterns brand new for reasonable prices, but if you already have a lampshade and want a more sustainable option then there are some businesses, such as Rosegarth Creations, who will create linen shades for you! Throwing out those old linen sheets that don’t get used anymore? Why not get them up-cycled into illuminated works of art!


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