When designing rooms professionals often rely on a simple math formula to help them determine how much light is needed. Start by finding the square footage of your room (length multiplied by width) then multiply the square footage by 1.5 to determine the recommended wattage for lighting the room. For example, a room that is 10×10 is 100 square feet. 100 multiplied by 1.5 is 150, so to light the room properly 150 watts are necessary. This wattage covers the entire room, so when considering lighting (especially for rooms larger than 100 square feet!) don’t forget that lighting comes in several varieties. There’s general overhead lighting, task lighting, accent lighting and ambient lighting. And of course, remember that this formula is just a guideline to help you. You don’t have to stress about finding fixtures that add up to the exact wattage your calculation suggests, it just helps get you in the right ballpark so that you can adjust for personal taste while still maintaining a correct range.
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