Residential lighting design has unique characteristics. Residential spaces are usually personal and often intimate in their use, and their lighting design solutions should respond to that aspect of their function.
Personalization often relates directly to a desired mood or psychological response, such as a welcoming entrance foyer, an intimate conversation area, or a festive dining room. Limiting the use of incandescent lamps and employing energy saving control devices are the two major techniques of responsible design.
Ambient illumination levels in all areas of the room to comfortably accommodate personal navigation through the space, Task lighting for extended-period visual tasks, Focal light for the bookshelves, artwork and Lighting for television viewing are few other aspects to consider in the lighting design of a residence. The design quality or style of the selected luminaires must be determined by the quality or style of the architectural and interior design detailing and materials.
Residential projects can range from simple and modest to large, complex, and luxurious, with budgets to match. Solving lighting design problems for modest residences with limited budgets is as challenging as designing the lighting for a huge house with several specialized spaces, complex control systems requirements, and an unlimited budget.