Is Your Condo’s Lighting Good? Here Are 4 Things To Consider!

According to interior designer Cyndi Beltran, “Lighting design sets the tone of a particular space—be it residential, commercial, or hospitality interiors. It is a powerful tool that adds dimension and visual texture to a space.” For a specific space in your home, there is a proper lighting required: general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. For each type, there are different designs and amount of brightness that is needed, but how do you really gauge whether your lighting is good or proper? Here are 4 things to consider:

1 | Energy Efficiency

Light-emitting diode (LED) lights are the heroes in lighting now because they are more energy-efficient and has a longer lifespan of about 20 years. LEDs are more flexible (some LED options can be controlled through your phone) and cost-efficient, too! So, are your fixtures LED?


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2 | Quality Of Light

Quality of light may refer to longevity or how long a bulb lasts until it needs replacement. A good quality of light should also have less or no visible flicker and glare or simply comfortable on the eyes. Sadly, only 37% of people consider quality of light when purchasing lightbulbs, according to a research undertaken by ResearchNow in July 2017 with over 8,000 adults from eleven different countries across the world.

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3 | Impact On The Space

“Lighting design is an aspect that is often underestimated in planning, but its importance is as high as the materials used on the surfaces or furnishings in a room because without it, all these will appear dull and flat, taking away any drama intended for a particular space,” Cyndi says. So, when buying lightbulbs or lamps, always consider where you’re putting it and how it’s going to affect your space. Always remember the three types of lighting!


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4 | Comfort On Eyes

The most important factor, however, is how your lighting design affects your eyes. Vitreo-retina surgeon Glenn Carandang, MD, MPH, says: “For all age groups, quality lighting is vital when reading or working to prevent eye strain.” So, always consider how comfortable your eyes are with your space’s lighting.

However, people don’t really have this on their priority list. Most people would go for the first three factors mentioned, while only 28% would choose a light bulb that is more comfortable on their eyes, according to the ResearchNow findings. In turn, people suffer myopia, eye strain, headache, and other vision problems.


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“Quality lighting is not only related to longevity, but is also incredibly important when it comes to ensuring our eyes feel comfortable,” explains Jagan Srinivasan, Country Leader of Philips Electronics & Lighting Inc., Philippines. “Crucially people should choose high quality LEDs that have no visible flicker,” he adds. Besides flicker, the standard measures against key comfort criteria such as glare, stroboscopic effect, photobiological safety, dimming effects, tuning, and color rendering are factors that can impact eye comfort.

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