Home lighting: How to design successful lighting for the home?

This was the same question that building owner and architect Jürgen Aldinger asked himself when planning his own home. The task was to skilfully combine the living room, office and kitchen with a coordinated concept in terms of house lighting. At the same time, he had to cater for the different requirements of room use. Below, you can find out exactly how the builder-owners managed to achieve this, which luminaires are suitable for which rooms and other useful tips.

Tips & tricks for lighting design when building a house

A new way of combining living and working spaces

The impressive "Villa Aldinger" project is a symbiosis of the requirements of a small family for a modern home which must also accommodate a functionally designed office. The construction of the new building was supervised from start to finish by the Jürgen Aldinger architectural office. Lighting was important right from the start, as the new building was designed in a modern style and the lighting had to enhance and reflect the design.

LOGS wall luminaires lead along the stairs directly to the entrance area, which is fitted with four SITRA ceiling spotlights and energy-saving LED lamps, and is thus sufficiently brightly illuminated.

Here are the most important project details at a glance:

  • New construction - detached house

  • 360 sqm² living space

  • 275 sqm² living space | 85 sqm² office unit

  • 4 floors

1. Tip: Involve experts at an early stage

Finding a single person to take care of both the construction and the architectural aspects of the project was a particular challenge for Mr. Aldinger. For this reason, all the trades involved were included in the planning right from the start. Since there are many exposed concrete surfaces throughout the house, it was essential to plan the lighting well in advance for subsequent installation.

Therefore, connections and cables had to be laid in the early construction phase, which could not be changed later. If you are planning your own home, think about defining the use of the room and the subsequent room lighting at an early stage.

Our electrician Mr. Riedel contacted SLV and Mr. Pitter (SLV sales), who had some great ideas and suggestions that were then coordinated with our own ideas. With his planning and information, it was then possible to implement the necessary work accordingly.

Jürgen Aldinger, Architect & Client

2. Tip: Tailor the lighting concept to the room layout

In order not to distract from the purist design with its high concrete content, the building owners opted for a 3-phase track, with different light outlets mounted on the track.

For the office lighting, they chose our MEDO series with its many variants. Thanks to its luminous flux, this series meets the standards for the illumination of an office workstation at 500 lux.

What does "LUX" mean?

Lux (lx) comes from the Latin word "lux" for light. It is a physical unit and indicates the light output in lumens per square metre (lm/m²). Lumen (lm) is the unit in which visible luminous flux, i.e. the brightness of a luminaire or illuminant, is measured.

On a bright sunny day, for example, the luminous flux is around 100,000 lux, office lighting around 500 lux, while the light of the moon is around 0.25 lux.

Tip 3: Modern living room lighting

"Unlike in the kitchen or bathroom, the living room does not have to be planned with so much light intensity.
For basic lighting, we recommend about 100 lumens per square metre. Whether direct, indirect, LED spots or warm-white pendant luminaires, what matters is how they are mixed! The concrete ceiling in the living room of Villa Aldinger in particular required forward-looking lighting planning. This is because new light outlets cannot be created here as easily as with suspended and plastered ceilings. 

With the living room lighting, it is even possible to influence how the room is perceived using different light sources. This is because when diffuse or indirect light falls on bright room elements such as white ceilings or walls, they serve as reflective surfaces for the light, thus making the living room appear larger.

Tip 4: Kitchen lighting with a functional design

The indirect lighting provided by LED strips on the exposed concrete ceiling in the kitchen also shows how clever mounting and planning of light (outlets) can create successful ambient lighting that can subtly emphasise the room design. The positioning of the light in this case is also tailored to the use of the kitchen.

If, for example, you want to handle sharp knives on the worktop, sufficient light is crucial. The direction of the light thus follows that of the kitchen counter. The LED STRIP with recessed luminaire NEW TRIA 68 I CS creates an almost playful transition from the kitchen to the living area - a concept that shows how the creative planning of light can support a successful room concept.

Tip 5: The right lighting in the bathroom

When it comes to bathroom lighting, not only is it important to pay attention to design and functional aspects, but also to focus on whether the luminaire complies with the prescribed IP protection class. Jürgen Aldinger has expertly covered these three important characteristics of a luminaire with the recessed ceiling luminaire PATTA-F .

Luminaires in bathrooms should be rated at least IP44. Depending on how close they are placed to the bathtub, shower or taps, they may even need to meet the requirements for IP65 or IP67.

We have worked out an overview of the individual areas in a bathroom for you in our reference project "Badgestalter Schurr."

A good lighting design must set accents and create a mood, yet it must also be practical.

I think we have implemented this very well here with the support of SLV.

Jürgen Aldinger, Architect & Client

Our luminaire recommendation for your own home:

Strong project. Strong partner.

Building owner:
Christine Aldinger

Marbach am Neckar

Planning/constructoin time: 18 months

Project partner

Jürgen Aldinger, Marbach

Electrical installation:
Uwe Riedel Elektro- und Gebäudetechnik
71711 Murr

Light planning:
Hans Pitter, SLV

Site management
Jürgen Aldinger

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