When you enter Denis Makumbi’s dining room in his home in Kisaasi, the lights are fit tightly on the ceiling, facing down the rectangular dining table. The other corners of the dining room have no single light at all, except natural light from the window.
“Since the dining room is used mainly at night when people are having meals, I made sure the light is from one source targeting one spot,” Makumbi says.
Evelyn Kuteesa, an interior designer, says when you are procuring light for your dining room, you need to consider the colour of your wall since some dining rooms sometimes have decorative paint or wallpaper.
“If the colour is dark, it will reflect less light and this means you will need other sources of light to enable you see well while enjoying your meal,” Kuteesa explains.
Unlike the dining room, Kuteesa defines the living room as a section of the house where people gather after a long day’s work to watch a movie or engage in indoor games such as scrabble. In Uganda, she says, a living room is the hosting room for visitors.
“For the living room, use lights that bounce or reflect off the ceiling or wall. This will create a sense of brightness in the room and avoid shadows,” says Kuteesa, adding that other ways of providing sufficient lighting in your living room is by avoiding light that is directed toward the walls especially if it is dull.
David Katumba, an interior designer, suggests that you put in mind which areas of the kitchen are always in constant use. Cases in point are the counters where slicing and serving of food takes place. The other busy areas of the kitchen, he says, are the sinks.
“One of the main reasons sinks are often located just below the kitchen window is to allow in natural light. When there is no natural light especially in the night, it is advisable to use lights that target the counters and the sinks where a lot of activity takes place. These are usually fixed onto the ceiling and do not create a shadow of the person working at the counter,” he explains.
“If the counter is located in the middle of the kitchen and it is surrounded by other kitchen shelves, then there should be hanging lights to illuminate the central counter,” Katumba adds.
Unlike the kitchen and the living room that require a bit of bright light, Katumba says your bedroom does not need sharp light. The recommended lighting plan for your bedroom, he advises, should consist of short floor and table lamps that are usually placed either on the edges of the bed or in the corners of your bedroom. There are also long standing lights that are positioned in the bedroom corners.
“Bedroom lights are in most cases dull in nature. This perhaps explains why some people prefer dull colours for their bedrooms such as blue and orange. It is a resting place that does not require bright lights,” he adds.
Katumba says: “Most people use white tiles in the bathroom to allow reflection of light throughout the room even if the light is from one source. Where there are no tiles, you will find a small section of the bathroom especially the upper part painted white, which still serves the same purpose of sufficient lighting.”
David Katumba, an interior designer, recommends is bright light since it is mainly for security purposes. He recommends placing the lights at the edges and shades or balconies and in most cases on the perimeter wall corners. At the gate, the light should either be positioned above the gate or on either sides of the gate.