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Lighting Tips for Home Gyms

Lighting Tips for Home Gyms

Posted by Danielle Sherrer on May 17th 2023

When thinking about options and ideas for lights — think about your workout room or studio and its energy: How do you want your workout space to feel?

When designing a lighting scheme for your workout room or studio, consider how you want the space to make you feel. Do you want a bright, energizing atmosphere, or a softer, more calming environment? Do you need a lot of light for precision-focused activities, or just the right amount of lighting for it to be comfortable and safe?

Home gyms can be used for a variety of activities. Some people may use their home gym as a cardio paradise with various machines while others lift weights and have a small CrossFit gym. There are also people that love yoga and make their home gym a yoga studio. The lighting within a home gym that is used like a CrossFit gym is going to be brighter to bring high energy into the space. On the other hand, a yoga studio has a more calming color temperature like 3000K and may utilize a dimmer as well. Garage and basement gyms are entirely different from using a spare bedroom as workout room. Each space may have constraints that may need to be taken into consideration not only with what workouts can be done within them but also what lighting can be installed. Thinking about the activities that will be performed within the space will help figure out whether multiple lighting fixtures are needed or accent lighting within the space to further customize the atmosphere.

Accent lighting is a great way to light up specific areas of the gym, such as a dark corner with a piece of exercise equipment or a yoga mat. This can help to create a more personalized space and make it easier to focus on the task at hand. Furthermore, accent lighting can be used to create different moods. There are a number of lighting options that are color tunable meaning the fixture can be switched between different color temperatures. These fixtures are great for applications such as accent lighting.

Choose LED Lighting

LED lighting is a great way to light up home gym spaces because it provides a high-quality, energy-efficient light source. LED lights are available in a wide range of colors and brightness levels, so you can customize the lighting in your space to your exact needs. Furthermore, LED lights produce very little heat, making them much safer to use than traditional lighting like fluorescent, incandescent, or halogen bulbs. Additionally, LED lights can last up to 25 times longer than other bulbs, saving you money on replacement costs once their initial installation.

Consider Various Light Fixtures: LED Strip Lights, Recessed Lighting, and Other Ceiling Lights

LED strip lights are an ideal lighting solution for home gyms. They are energy-efficient, bright, and can be mounted almost anywhere. They come in a variety of colors and brightness levels, so you can create the exact atmosphere you need for your workout. Recessed lighting is another popular choice for home gym spaces. It provides a bright, even light source for smaller and larger gym areas. Other ceiling lights, such as pendant lights or track lighting, are also great options for home gyms. They can be used to bring a cozy ambience to the space, or to light up a specific area. Don't sleep on all of the options available when designing the lighting scheme for your home gym. Depending on where your home gym is located within your home (garage, basement, spare bedroom) that will also give you an idea of what will work for the space. A garage gym may utilize LED strip lights or other overhead lighting versus a basement gym may utilize track lighting or even multiple floor lamps because of where power is available for lighting.

Good Gym Lighting Can Also Mean Natural Lighting

Natural light is a great way to light up a home gym in addition or in absence of lighting. The sun provides natural light through windows and doors. And it is free of cost! Vitamin D is a benefit of sunlight of course and in winter or cooler months where you are not outside much, feeling the sun through a window is a way to also have good lighting while boosting your mood to keep your body energized throughout a workout. Consider using reflective surfaces, such as mirrors or white walls, to maximize the amount of natural light in the space as well. Using the sun as natural light through windows and doors can also help to reduce your energy bills and your overall environmental impact.

How can I brighten my home gym?

One of the best ways to brighten up your home gym is to add additional lighting. The right lighting will help improve visibility and make your space feel larger and more inviting. Investing in the right lighting for your home gym can help you get the most out of your workout and ensure that you are exercising safely.

The rule of thumb when it comes to lighting is that there are three types: ambient, task, and accent lighting. The same rings true in workout rooms and home gyms. Accent lighting and task lighting can be added into a gym by adding a lamp or tape or rope lighting. Track lighting is another way to brighten a home gym area to direct light to a particular area that needs it.

What are the best lights for a home gym?

There are so many options for lighting these days, but LED lights take the win for overhead lighting. Recessed lighting and strip lights are great overhead lighting options that provide bright, even light.

What LED color temperature is best for gym lights?

When it comes to lighting a home gym, LED color temperature is an important factor to consider. LED lights come in a variety of color temperatures. Depending on the type of activity you plan to do in your home gym, the best LED color temperature may vary. Generally, a color temperature of 5000K-6000K is best suited for a home gym, as it provides the highest levels of brightness and visibility. A color temperature of 2700K or 3000K may better suit a home gym that is used as a yoga studio.

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