In interior design, lightning is often one of the most overlooked aspect. Many interior design often forgo the selection of a good lights in pursue of other more tangible aesthetics like colors and physical displays. This is a big oversight for many interior design and that results in a disappointing final product. Today, we will give you a brief overview on the different lighting systems and what recommended interior designers would use for lighting.
As an interior designer for about 9 years, it never cease to amaze me how lights can help change the interior's perception and outlook. Different lighting will give a very different feel to the interior and at times, affect the mood of the occupants. Today we will look at some of the different commercially available lights and their different functions.
The many different lighting systems
Lighting have different purposes and uses. To truly understand and implementing the correct lighting we must first consider their specific uses. Listed below are a broad category of lighting and what their main objectives are.
1. Ambient lights
Ambient lighting are lighting that are mainly used to set a certain mood for the interior. It is one of the most common type of lighting in interior designs and is prominent in good design. Ambient lights are typically lighting that helps illuminate the whole room. They are often placed strategically in the interior to ensure ample coverage. The intensity of the light is dependent on the mood and setting it is trying to portray. Some examples of ambient lights are ceiling mount in the middle of a dining room or lighting on a ceiling fan.
2. Task lights
Another common lighting often seen in homes are task lights. Task lights are strong beams of light that are set to focus on a certain spot or direction. They are usually used to increase visual clarity of a certain subject and prevent tiredness of the eyes. Task lights are often used to complete a certain task like reading and working. Some example of task lights are table lamp and appliance lights.
3. Accent lights
Accent lights are one directional lights that are used to highlight a certain subject. They are often a permanent fixture in the interior and intensity of the lights depends on the intended effect. More intensive lights are used to give clear visuals on the subject while less intensive lights are used to give notice to certain subject. Examples of accent lights are lights under stairs and Christmas tree lights.
4. Decorative/Aesthetics lights
Decorative lighting are lighting that evoke a sense of beauty and art when you look at it. It is often a focal point of the interior and requires a lot of thought and input for success. Some decorative lights are used as decorations on its own while others are placed to complement another design or function. Some examples of decorative lighting are chandeliers in a big dining room or a cozy fireplace in the middle of the library.
For an interior design to succeed, a combination of different types of lights are required to bring about form and function. Not all lighting are applicable to your interior and thorough knowledge of design is required to match the interior to the right lighting.
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