No matter if you are into small DIY projects as repurposing mason jars or if you are enthusiastic about some more challenging endeavours, to get some work done, you will need a craft room.
There are many things to consider about designing this room (working area, storage for tools, paints, decorations, etc.), but one of the most important ones is lighting. You cannot work if you do not see, right? Now, if you think that a simple overhead light will be enough, just wait until you miss a nail and hammer your finger to the desk. Let us light your way to the perfect craft room lighting.
Lighting Intensity When choosing the light bulbs for your craft room you need to consider the intensity or quantity of the lighting measured in foot candles (FC). Basically, the unit represents the amount of light that is falling to the given surface. The standard tasks and reading lights you already have in your house are usually somewhere between 30 and 50fc, while for some more demanding tasks, such as knitting, sewing, painting and woodworking you should decide for 75 or 100fc.
Colour Temperature In order to choose the right lights, you need to understand that colour temperature is not the same as lighting intensity. Bulbs can emit different colours, from cool white (4,100K) to very bright (6,500K), but the bulbs are chosen based on the colour rendering index (CRI), which rates the bulb from 0 to 100. Actually, CRI shows you how well the bulb shows the colour it illuminates. For your craft room you should opt for the bulbs rated at least 75 or higher, advise the people at Superlight.
Overhead Bulb We did joke about the overhead lighting, but not because it is unnecessary, on the contrary. Precisely because the overhead bulb is the most important light source of all, it is the first to think about and often the last. Because you will need a really great illumination if you want to be at your best while working, so it is best to decide for modern fluorescent fixtures, since they are more efficient than incandescent ones and they last longer, too. Look for fixtures with electronic balance, because they conserve energy rather well.
Positioning the Lighting Fixtures Now that you have chosen the bulbs for your overhead lighting, you have to position them in a way that will provide you the best possible visibility. In order to find the perfect position, you need to measure the distance between your work area and the ceiling and install the fixture directly above the work surface. Depending on the size of the room, you may need some more overhead fixtures, which should be positioned at a distance of 1 ½ or less times the distance between the work area and the ceiling.
Task Lighting Task lighting might not be important for your living room, but it is essential for the craft room. Some areas of the room might be shadowed by equipment and there you need to install task lights which will illuminate these working spaces (sewing machine, drill press, etc.). Here, you can use incandescent bulbs because they can create high contrast and shadows which is great when doing sketches or working with some small items, but you can opt for CFL bulbs to cut down on energy.
Now that your craft room is properly lit, you can go back to what actually matters – creating things you like, and with both overhead and task lights that should be easier than ever.
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