Mirvac Design's Lighting guru Martin Bevz lit everything from Rihanna concerts and Sydney Mardi Gras to the Prime Minister’s private parties, before joining Mirvac as senior lighting designer. He shares four of his top tips for lighting your home.
“You don’t have to spend big to create impact at home. A strip of low-voltage LED lights from the local hardware often comes with sticky backing and can easily be applied to your kitchen, balcony or bathroom to great effect. Alternatively, spike some little lights under an indoor plant and splash some textured light onto your ceiling, or scrunch a string of fairy lights into a vase for a feature light that costs next to the nothing from the $2 shop!”
“A lighting designer might be beyond the budget, but electricians often dabble in lighting design simply by default, and a great one is worth their weight in gold. An app like Oneflare can link you up with an electrician local to your area – important because some buildings have strange wiring or other idiosyncrasies, and a local electrician is more likely to know about them, potentially saving you thousands.”
“Undertaking a simple project and struggling with something? Head to any of the generic big hardware stores, or even your local lighting store. The sales assistants are founts of untapped information – they can give you advice on installation, of course, but they can also tell you what sells… and what gets returned.”
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