Ideas for Each Room

The suggestions in this section are given to create a balance between a period atmosphere and safe task activities.

Drawing Room

Activities such as reading or writing need 500-750 lux, but on a table used for close work and accurate colour, 1000 lux are appropriate.

For example:

Type Role Lux For example

Ceiling

ambient

300-500

chandelier 

Wall

ambient/accent

200-300

two brackets

Desk

task

750

desk lamp

Floor

task

750

standard lamp

Dining Room

Most activities in a dining room need 500-750 lux.

Type Role Lux For example

Ceiling

ambient/task

300-500

pendant

Wall

ambient/accent

200-300

two brackets

If the dining room is used for other activities, add more task lighting.

Hall/Landing

500-750 lux is a reasonable target in a hall or landing.

Type Role Lux For example

Ceiling

ambient

300-500

lantern fitting

Table/Shelf

accent

750

single lamp

Kitchen

Cooking and washing activities need 300 lux.

Type Role Lux For example

Ceiling

ambient

300-500

pendant fitting with glass shade

Worktop

task

750

Lighting under cupboards.

Bedroom

300 lux is sufficient for a bedroom except for reading when 500 lux or more is needed.

Type Role Lux For example

Ceiling

ambient

300-500

pendant

Dressing Table, bedside cabinet etc

task, accent

750

for each, use simple lamp

Bathroom

300 lux is sufficient for a bathroom.

Type Role Lux For example

Ceiling

ambient

300-500

pendant

Cabinet etc

task, accent

500

for each, use simple lamp