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Using Sunroom Lighting Design Strategically

Using Sunroom Lighting Design Strategically

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April 10, 2008

The phrase lighting design seems to naturally go with the term sunroom. After all, isn't that what a sunroom truly is: a place for you and your family to get a little extra light year round?  But it is important to take lighting design into consideration for every room in your home, even your sunroom.  Sure, your sunroom lighting design is a given during the day, when sun light is streaming in through the windows.  But if you want to use your sunroom in the evening - as many home owners choose to do - you will need to take your lighting choices into consideration and think about what will help you get the most out of your sunroom when the sun isn't shining.

Sunroom Lighting Design  

Your sunroom lighting design - like the lighting design in any room of your home - should reflect the purpose of the room.  While there is really no need for lighting during the day since the sun itself provides enough light, you will want to consider how to properly light your sunroom in the evenings.  Sunrooms are meant to be year round rooms, and therefore can easily be used on a snowy winter evening.  In order to see the snow, however, you will want to provide a sunroom lighting design that does not take away from the view outside, even at night.

The best way to go about this type of night time sunroom lighting design is to choose lights on dimmers.  Bright lights will reflect off the windows in your sunroom, making it almost impossible to see outside.  While this is not a problem if you and your family are playing a board game in the sunroom, lighting design like this will be problematic if you are trying to watch a rainstorm or snow storm.  Using a dimmer can create a little light without blinding the beautiful dusk view of your yard.  Turning the dimmer all the way up will give you enough light to see your family and play cards or do whatever else it is you want to do in your sunroom.  Be sure you consider also that lighting your sunroom will make it easy to see into your home at night, so be sure you install shades or plant large hedges to ensure your continued privacy.

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