Basics in Lighting Design

Ever wondered how to use lighting correctly?
Here at Lamps and Lights, we feel it is essential to first work out a room’s function, then section off its needs into 5 different categories:

  1. natural lighting
  2. ambient light
  3. task lighting
  4. accent lights
  5. occasion lighting

aged-lampholders-wire-basketNatural lighting is the light that comes in through our doors and windows. This obviously varies drastically depending on the time of day, year and even the weather.

impact lightingAmbient light (or general lighting) refers to the lighting of the room as a whole.

office lightingTask lighting (or localised lighting) is an area where you need to intensity and direct the amount of light required for functions such as for reading, working, sewing, cooking, crafts etc.

Accent lights are for ornamental purpose, directed to show off a specific piece of art, sculpture or even a particular area of a room.

ambiant light

Occasion lighting is used for mood enhancing certain activities such as dining, movies, relaxed reading etc.

bedroom mood lighting

So firstly you need to analyse your daily activities and where you prefer to do them, working out your needs means you can then work out your wants.

Initially try narrowing down to just two perspectives; function and aesthetic.

Functionality is key, these lights serve a purpose, so ensure there will be enough light in the correct areas at the correct strength to fulfill that purpose. When these areas are decided then comes into play the aesthetical perspective, creating an atmosphere; illuminate walls with a discreet floor light or ushadow effect lightingtilise shadows with decorative lamp shades. reading light

task lightingAngle wall-arm lights so directed at your focal point, site overhead down lights for reading, up-lighters under cupboards for subtle mood,reading lamps

or hang dramatic pendants or chandeliers over a dining table or breakfast bar. dining lightingdining lighting 2a

kitchen lightingCreativity in illumination can be daunting, but don’t let it put you off trying something different; up-cycle your retro items into lamps by adding vintage fittings, go contemporary with shiny chrome and black or mix it up with combining an array of vibrant colours.stylish lampbulbs hangingDon’t forget, lighting can also alter the visual dimension of a room, creating space or cosiness depending on your mood or need. dining lighting 2

But, most of all – enjoy your lighting!

And remember when making your lighting components purchases 🙂

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  1. Great Post. Thanks for sharing very informative content about the home lightings. Right now, I’m looking to buy home lightings for my home, but i want to get some information about it. And I read your whole post and I got all the things which I want.

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