How to Design Lighting and Electricity for Home Bar Plans How to Design Lighting and Electricity for Home Bar Plans

If you're considering installing a bar in a part of your home, there are a number of different factors to take into consideration while making your home bar plans. In addition to designing the layout and appearance of the bar itself and selecting the appropriate space in the home, your bar will likely require both lighting and electrical wiring. These two elements can make the difference between a bar space that is inviting and social and one that is never used.

Step 1 - Gather Your Materials

For the planning phase of the bar, it will be crucial that you be able to visualize and document your ideas about the bar itself. For this reason, it is best if you can acquire the following items:

  • Floor plan of your home, including information on outlets and other power sources
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Pictures of previous home bars or drawing of the bar that you envision for your home

Having collected these materials, you are best prepared to brainstorm your lighting and electricity.

Step 2 - Consider the Space and Function

The lighting for your bar will depend heavily upon the surrounding space and the preexisting wiring. Familiarize yourself with the power sources and electrical wiring that already exists in the area where you plan to install the bar. In order to create a smoother feel overall and a more professional appearance, plan on installing new light fixtures rather than plugging in portable lights, if your budget allows.

Different bar spaces have unique atmospheres, and lighting for one bar may not work properly for another. Examine other home bars or larger bar spaces for ideas of how you would like to create a particular ambiance in your bar. Overhead lights tend to create a more open space, while softer, floor or wall-mounted lights can create a more intimate environment for your bar.

Step 3 - Plan for the Electrical Wiring

In addition to wiring your bar for lights, you will also need other power as well. Consider the function of your bar and your intended decorations and uses. If you plan to have a television set or telephone in the bar, ensure that you incorporate the appropriate electrical lines into your wiring plan. Generally, however, bars will require at least 4 wall outlets in order to cover all of the various appliances necessary. If your bar is smaller or will not feature a refrigerator, blender or other appliances, you may not require as many power sources, and your wiring can be less complex.

Designing a bar from scratch is a difficult process, particularly if you do not have former experience with carpentry or electrical wiring. For additional ideas of how to plan your space, consult with professional builders or contractors, or make arrangements to examine other at-home bars directly. Electrical wiring and lighting can be very expensive in some cases, so it is best to ensure that you are completely happy with your design before you begin the installation process.

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