Home Studio Soundproofing: 4 Tips for Internal Lighting Installation Home Studio Soundproofing: 4 Tips for Internal Lighting Installation
If you are home studio soundproofing, you need to pay specific attention to your lighting choices. Most studios employ the use of dimmer switches to provide mood lighting during sessions. You need to make sure that your dimmer switch is not causing electrical interference. A standard AC voltage switch will always cause electrical interference when dimming the lights, so specialized dimmers need to be used. Beyond that, home studio lighting is up to the individual and their tastes.
Tip # 1 - Install a Skylight
One option for studio lighting is installing a skylight. Since most home studios do not have windows, a skylight is one of the best ways to let in natural light during the day. The skylight should not interfere with the acoustics of your home studio, and will help alleviate some of the large electric bills you are sure to incur with a home studio. You can use a standard size skylight, or install several of the tube-type skylights. Either type is simple enough for you to install yourself.
Tip # 2 - Use Variacs
The next thing you should keep in mind is using Variacs. Variacs are continuously variable transformers that are used to dim the lights. Variacs will dim the lights simply by reducing the amount of voltage going to the lights. This is a much more efficient method that other dimmers use, because other dimmers will lower the lights by resistive loss. This resistance will cause voltage spikes which will interfere with your studio's equipment. Variacs can be a little expensive, but they are well worth the cost when designing a fully functioning home studio.
Tip # 3 - Use Track or Recessed Lighting
The best options for installed lighting will be using either track or recessed lighting. Whichever type you choose should be used with the Variac dimmer switches. Another thing to keep in mind when you are wiring your home studio, you need to keep the wiring for the lights and other electrical components completely separate. This will also help eliminate any interference that the lighting may impose on your equipment. Track lighting is the easiest to install, and will provide the largest amount of light throughout all areas of the studio. You may prefer the aesthetic look of recessed lighting, and as far as functionality it will serve the same purpose as track lighting.
Tip # 4 - Consider Strip Lights and Wall Sconces
Since track and recessed lighting can get hot, you may want to use some strip lighting along the perimeter of the room to provide ambient light. Wall sconces can also be used and installed on dimmers to give a darker, more gothic look to the studio, and are an alternative to the track lighting.
Tip # 5 - Invest in Silent Fluorescent Lighting
A more modern solution to lighting your home studio is the use of silent fluorescent lighting. These lights are completely silent, so they will not interfere with your music, and they also do not produce any heat. Heat can be a major problem in a small studio space. These lights can be more expensive, but as one benefit to the DIYer, these lights can simply be plugged into any standard wall socket.