Tiny homes, a term loosely applied to any house that's less than 500 square feet or so, have different lighting needs than a larger house. Some tiny homes are built on wheeled trailers, while others are fixed in place. Both types depend on lighting to highlight the space in a way that makes it seem spacious and welcoming.
Tip #1: Find Space-Saving Options
Chances are, you don't want to give up your limited space inside a tiny house to table or floor lamps. These types of lamps are even less logical if the home is designed to be mobile.
Wall- and ceiling-mounted lamps are a slightly better option, because they are fixed in place. They do protrude into the room, though, so they are best used sparingly. For example, you may want a ceiling-mounted light over your dining area, or you may want a wall lamp on a small swing arm positioned near your favorite reading chair.
For the rest of your lighting, recessed options are the way to go if you are looking to maximize both actual and perceived space inside the tiny home. You can tuck recessed lights into the ceiling or underneath shelves and cabinets, so they won't take up any excess space or interfere with furniture placement.
Tip #2: Focus on the Task
Unlike a room in a large home, which is usually only used for one purpose, the main room in the tiny home serves as the main hub for almost all activities. There are rarely any physical separations between kitchen, dining, living, and office spaces. Only the bedroom and the bathroom are partitioned off in any way.
Instead of walls, use lighting to separate each "task" area in the tiny home. Recessed track lighting in the ceiling can focus on a work area when it's in use, while a small ceiling-mounted chandelier provides more diffuse light to the nearby living area. This provides a visual separation between your office space and the living area, which makes the area seem larger.
You can even use task lighting in specific places. Under-counter or shelf lights may be all that's necessary in the kitchen for some tasks, or you may want to add recessed lights inside a storage closet so you aren't searching for items in the dark.
Tip #3: Choose Low Energy Consumption
Many tiny homes are designed to go off-grid on a solar system, or to be as energy efficient as possible when on the grid. Fortunately, you can find attractive lighting options that use LEDs (light emitting diodes). LEDs use only a fraction of the energy as incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. LED technology is constantly evolving – the days of the harsh, bluish light have passed and you can now get softer lighting that satisfactorily mimics incandescent light. LED lights are available for recessed and track lighting, as well as for use in ordinary bulb sockets.
Lighting is key to making your tiny home feel comfortably spacious once the sun goes down and the drapes are pulled. Consider how you plan to use the space when deciding on which lighting options will work best in your home. For more information, contact JF Electrical Contractors, Inc. or a similar company.