Lighting A Wine Cellar
Anyone planning a wine cellar wants it to exude hospitality, with a bit of drama and the convenience of modern features. The lighting you choose to use in a wine cellar plays a major role in creating the atmosphere you desire. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the professional wiring, and lighting installation you need. While you are planning your wine cellar, the following tips for lighting a wine cellar will assist you:
Low-Heat Light Sources
Incandescent and halogen light bulbs emit more heat than is recommended in close proximity to wine. Heat has the ability to damage your wine collection, and for this reason, consider a cooler light source, such as LED lighting.
More on LED Lighting
When planning the lighting design of a wine cellar, LED display lights are ideal for shelves or racks that cover partial walls. In addition, when selecting lights, consider that you will be able to better control the room’s appearance and mood with the use of dimmers. Furthermore, LED dimmers are now available, just be sure to choose bulbs that can be dimmed. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical services you need.
If you use floor-to-ceiling shelving for wine storage, LED down lighting is ideal for highlighting the racks, and to provide wall washing for a warm, dramatic effect. In addition, track lighting can also provide this effect,and dimmers can be used with both lighting styles to control the light level for different occasions.
Accent lighting is indispensable in the wine cellar for highlighting shelves, bottles, and special architectural features you want to draw the eye. Accent lighting contributes to the space’s visual interest, drama and appeal. Rope lights, strip lighting, puck lights and others are useful for highlighting shelving, creating wall washing and chasing shadows away. In addition, uplighting can accent your wine racks from below, and you can use individual puck lights to spotlight favorite bottles. Our electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the lighting, wiring, outlet installation, and other electrical repairs or installation you require.
Backlighting wine racks provide a tremendous impact by silhouetting the wine bottles. For appealing drama, use micro-fluorescent lighting behind wine bottles to shine through colored wine for a tantalizing effect.
Chandeliers And Hanging Lights
A chandelier or pendant lighting creates elegance and polish for those with the room size and ceiling height to accommodate them. A traditional chandelier can provide old world ambiance, while pendant lights add a modern touch. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical services you require.
It’s Not as Easy as You Think
There is a lot more involved in building a wine cellar than you may realize. For example, the climate control in a wine cellar is essential. A wine cellar has to be cool, and without a proper vapor barrier and insulation surrounding the room, when the cooling system is installed, the risk is high of mold and mildew forming inside the wall cavities. Major damage to the home’s structure can occur as a result.
When hiring a general contractor for the construction, ensure he/she is experienced in building wine cellars. For example, a builder without experience may use cedar wood for the walls or wine racks. The unique odor of cedar can seep through the cork and taint your wine. Stay away from cedar for any use in your the wine cellar.
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