LIGHTING 101 - BASIC TOOLS TO UNDERSTAND INTERIOR LIGHTING

Friday, 2 May 2014
Identical spaces, with identical wall and ceiling colour.
The only thing that changes this space is the lighting.

We all tend to consider lighting as the least important aspect of our design, but on the contrary, lighting is as important as all the other design elements. (Fact is: Lighting defines the mood of a room). Now, of course there are exceptions to that, but I will prove my theory. You can choose a specific colour of paint to apply on your walls of your room but if the lighting in that specific space is not address correctly, you might not get what you paid for, in terms of "colour". Let me be more descriptive...The types of light bulbs and the colour tempreature chosen impacts the mood of a room.







Lighting is calculated based on a temperature scale. I'm not going to get too technical but I want to provide you with couple quick tips that may help you the next time you need to  change your bulb or redesign a room.

**TAKE NOTE** The cooler the temperature gets on the scale, the higher the temperature gets. This means, if you want to get a cool type of lighting, look for 5000K-6500K lightbulb. If you want a warm lighting for your bedroom, look for the 2700K-3000K bulbs.
 *It will be identify on the packaging box.*




These are the three different types of lightbulbs that we generally used in our household.  They can be used for Task lighting, Ambient lighting, Accent/Mood lighting and/or Decorative lighting. 

  • Task lighting is used for work-related activities such as reading, writing, cutting etc. This type of lighting should be located between your head and work surface, Anything above the head will cause figure/body shadow to be reflected onto your work. 

  • Ambient lighting generally gives that soft  glow to your space.  It has this effect which can also dim the mood your room. This type of lighting should be used in sources that will bounce illumination off the walls and ceilings. (Indirect lighting) 

  • Accent lighting is used to highlight different elements or objects in a space such as brick wall, stone structure, painting, sculpture, art, etc. Mood lighting is related to a soft atmosphere, such as a candle light dinner.

  • Last but not least, Decorative lighting. The name speaks for itself. It's used as decor  to create a welcoming feel in a space.




This chart may also help in choosing different bulbs  for specific light fixtures.



There you have it... Your first LIGHTING 101 course. Lighting is a very complex and amazing element which can be explained through in-depth research and experiments. Generally this is the most you may need to know for you home DIY project so we can leave the technicalities for someone else. 


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