House Lighting Design

We met with our electrician out at the house yesterday morning and gave him the plan for lighting, outlets, etc. Mike and I had spent a lot of time Monday night going over the electrical plan and making changes, additions, etc. There are a lot of lights to plan for in a house! Never having built before I didn’t realize how tedious this part would be but I think it’s coming together. We had already purchased a couple of lights but after we went over the plan, realized there are a lot more to get. We wrote in a small budget of about $2,000 so all of the lights we have chosen have been budget-friendly. You may remember the light we purchased on a sale a few months back which sort of kick started our plan. We are going for a bit of an industrial look with the lights. We have bought a lot of oil rubbed bronze fixtures for the bathrooms {shower heads, faucets, etc.} so we wanted that to carry throughout for the most part.

Dream House Lighting Design


1-Over the dining room table {there will also be recessed lights in this room}


3-Over the kitchen sink

4-Over the kitchen table {Mike is going to build a large farmhouse table}

5-kitchen island pendants. We will buy 3 of these

6-hallway {instead of the dreaded boob light}

7-Kid bathroom {there will be one over each sink in the double vanity}

8-Mike’s vanity lights {I may do sconces on either side of mine instead of one overhead light}

9-Guest/half bath

We will also need to get two pendant lights for our master closet, a chandelier for the master bath, and my vanity sconces. We have already purchased exterior lights as well. These are going on either side of our front door:


And these will be going around the rest of the exterior of the house:

exterior small lightsSo that’s where we are as of now. Picking out lighting for an entire house is a bit of a challenge but we are getting close. Anyone have any great tips for choosing lighting or great resources to share?


  1. Wow. I love all your choices – I’m really digging #3. I can’t even fathom all these decisions. But so fun!

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