How Many Lights Do I Need Per Room?

When installing light the main things to consider are the size of the room and the what you are using the room for.

Some key terms you’ll come across is lumens and watts. Lumens is a measure of brightness; the higher the lumen output, the brighter the light. Wattage relates to how much power is being used to run the light. For your reference, an old school 100W incandescent globe produced around 1,500-1,700 lumens. The main thing to know is that as lighting evolves and becomes more and more efficient; high wattage does not always equate to brightness.

Let’s break it down by room, generally speaking you’ll need more lighting in bathrooms, kitchens and office spaces.

Room Type

Lumens per square meter (Lux)

Bathroom General Lighting

Examples: Downlight, 3-in-1 Exhaust Fan Units, CTC and Oyster.

170-180

Bathroom Task Lighting

Examples: Cabinet Lighting, Vanity Lighting, Spot/Track LightingStrip Lighting and Wall Lighting.

500

Bedroom or Living General Lighting

Examples: Downlight, Oyster, PendantWall Lighting, Spot/Track Lighting and Ceiling Fan Lighting.

170-180

Bedroom or Living Task Lighting

Examples: Lamps, Cabinet Lighting, Low Hanging Pendants, Strip Lighting and Wall Lighting.

400

Dining General Lighting

Examples: Downlight, Pendant and Spot/Track Lighting.

170-180

Garage General Lighting

Examples: Downlights, Batten Lighting and Oyster Lighting.

170-180

Garage Task Lighting

Examples: Cabinet Lighting, Strip Lighting and Batten Lighting.

400

Kitchen and Laundry General Lighting

Examples: Downlight, Oyster, 3-in-1 Exhaust Fan UnitsCTC and Spot/Track Lighting.

250

Kitchen and Laundry Task Lighting

Examples: Cabinet Lighting, Pendants and Strip Lighting.

400

Hallway and Stair General Lighting

Examples: Sensor Lighting, Wall Lighting, Downlights, CTC, Stair Lighting, Pendant Lighting and Oyster Lighting.

100-150

Outdoor General Lighting

Examples: Sensor Lighting, Spotlights, Downlights, Batten Lighting, Ceiling Fan Lighting, Bunker Lights, Oyster Lighting, Wall Lighting and Deck Lighting.

170-180

Outdoor Decorative Lighting

Examples: Deck Lighting, Garden Lighting, Bollard Lighting, Wall Lighting, Submersed Pool Lighting and Recessed Lighting.

50

 

For example, you're looking at putting downlight in your bedroom which is 4 x 5 m (20m2), you should have 180 (lux) x 20 (m2) = 3,600 Lumens in your space which is around 4 x downlights.

Because every home and style is different; get in touch with our expert staff in-store or online to get personalised advice on lighting up your space.