Friday 21st November, 2014
During the daytime, it is often their plentiful natural light that gives conservatories their unique charm. As the day progresses, the changing intensity and direction of the sun’s light means that the character of the conservatory is constantly changing in subtle ways and, whatever the season, you can enjoy these natural changes without sacrificing indoor comfort. However, after the sun has set, a careful choice of lighting can add warmth and drama to evenings in your conservatory.
A key practical consideration when lighting your conservatory – and what makes it different from lighting other spaces within your home – is the amount of glass. The size and number of windows in the typical conservatory mean that there are a lot of reflective surfaces. It is important to keep this in mind when deciding on the type and position of the lighting, so as not to create glare from lights catching the windows.
Many conservatories feature irregular ceilings and this can affect the choice of primary lighting. Many conservatory owners opt for wire lighting systems, which have the twin advantages of adapting to an irregular ceiling and having lights which can be re-positioned along the wire to suit the needs of the room and the tastes of its owner. Another popular option is LED spotlighting, which, as well as offering a primary lighting solution, also provides a clever way of highlighting selected areas of your conservatory.
As with any room in your home, there is a huge opportunity for creative expression in the lighting you choose for your conservatory. You can create striking and beautiful effects by placing lamps so that they spotlight key areas of the space, such as potted plants or ornaments. Up-lighting is a popular method used to open up a space and create the impression that it is larger than it really is. It can be used to good effect in the conservatory. However, if you are lucky enough to live somewhere where the light pollution is so low that you can enjoy a night-time view of the stars from your conservatory, you may wish to avoid too much up-lighting so as not to reduce your stargazing opportunities.