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Design A Lighting Fixture Plan

Every successful design starts with a plan. Laying out the elements of a space is important not only for design and appearance but for the principal reason of functionality.

An important part of this plan is lighting. Often an afterthought, lighting is critical to the style, mood and appeal of the space and is an important part of the overall design vision.  

How to Start

While hiring a design professional is of benefit, creating a plan is something the average homeowner can do on their own. Start by briefly noting the use of the room and outlining the goals for the room such as family game area, conversation space, quiet nook.  Then, make a rough sketch of the area, highlighting key areas of interest such as wall art, a fireplace or a reading area. Label the existing fixtures, outlets or switches.

Consider aspects like the age of the home and the condition of the walls and ceilings, what should be highlighted and what should be hidden. HGTV offers a great free planning document

Define the Needs of the Space

Next, consider any changes that are being made to the room and define ahy changes that should be made in the lighting. Family areas such as living rooms often benefit from layering lighting. This simply means having different light sources at different intensities and levels within the room.  Take the time to learn about the different types of lighting: ambient, tack and accent, and determine which will work with the goals of the room. No one type of light can do it all.

Create a Style

Finally, consider the style of the room and the how much or little the lighting will align with that style. As an example, recessed or flush mount lights make a great ambient layer in a contemporary setting but may fall flat in a traditional room layout. Check out the Linea Lighting blog post “Defining Your Lighting Style” for tips.



Define Your Style


Use Light Where needed- Reading areas, pathways, Gathering spaces ect...

Lighting your space correctly, Quantity and Quality. Good Fixture layout can distribute light well. Separate task lighting from ambient lighting, and provide good controlability

Consider the audience. The needs of the occupant. Is it for grandma? children? or my college son's gaming room.

Select lights that define the form form of the space. Compliment the design

Identify what the area is used for and how lighting will affect these conditions


Remember, when considering your design, many light fixtures are part of a collection, giving them different uses, such as a wall sconce, ceiling pendant, and Chandelier. All pieces are similar in design, but used in a different capacity.