Keeping your sunroom optimally lit is never a problem during the daylight hours, when the sun’s rays come pouring in, creating a beautiful warmth all day long. However, it’s a different ball game when the sun goes down, as the height of your sunroom combined with a lack of wall space makes it hard to light well.
Too often people underestimate the amount of lights they need, or only provide one level of light. All good home improvement shows have lighting on different levels to create more atmosphere and to highlight different features. The same theories hold true when thinking about lighting your sunroom in the evening. Here are some sunroom lighting tricks to keep your room looking amazing all night long:
- Ceiling mounted fans – for a big, bold lighting effect, install a ceiling fan to light your sunroom. Not only will you be able to illuminate the whole room in one go, you can also help circulate the air; a big plus if you have a tall A framed roof and you want to keep the heating to a minimum.
- Wall sconces – a lot of sunroom owners favour wall sconces, which look effectively like upside down lamps on the walls. The tall ceilings of most sunrooms means that up lighting give a much softer effect than in flat ceiling rooms, and the external coverings of the sconces can be easily matched to your rooms’ theme or décor.
- Table lamps – placing lamps on the end tables near sofas and arm chairs pushes a lot of light down to the floor. This is a great plus if you have particularly nice flooring, such as an oriental rug or hardwood inlays. The contrast of the downward light of a table lamp and the upward light of a sconce will give your room a beautiful contrast.
- Accent lighting – accent lights are spot lamps that are designed to pick out specific sections of the room. For example, a simple light underneath a favourite piece of artwork will immediately draw your guests’ attention to it, while track lighting near a book shelf allows to pick individual volumes or shelves.
- A large mirror – the final sunroom lighting trick is to place a large mirror on what used to be the external wall of your home. This has the double effect of acting as a piece of art, especially if you have an ornate frame for it, as well as reflecting light back into the room, making your sunroom look and feel bigger than it actually is.
The big thing to remember with any of these sunroom lighting tricks is that the walls of your room will predominantly be made of glass. This means that they will be reflective, and even more so when the sun is down and you notice the reflections more. Therefore, all of your lights should be installed with either low wattage bulbs or dimmer switches. These will allow you to control the light levels, and adjust them for different events.