Light up your space!
What do interior designers look for within a space and how do we 'light it up'?
The first thing we look for is how much natural light is entering the space and ... if there's not enough ... how do we let more in. The personal health benefits of having plenty of natural light are endless as well as saving on energy costs by reducing the need for artificial light and creating a healthy environment within the home.
Nothing says 'MOOD' like a good lighting plan. Every room requires ambient lighting. This is the general lighting which will light up your space when natural daylight is not enough. These may be in the form of down lights, spot lights, track lights, pendant lights, fluorescent lights, etc.
Additional lighting in a space would be classed as accenting or task lighting. Accent lighting focusses light on a particular area or object as if highlighting a feature. For instance, this type of lighting would be used to light up a piece of artwork, a stairway, path, entrance or anything of visual interest within a room. Table and floor lamps also fall into this category and are sometimes a work of art in themselves.
It's all in the name for task lighting. The illuminance in this instance is required to be greater depending on the task being undertaken. For example reading or applying makeup. A much greater illuminance would be required for tasks such as jewellery making or in operating theatres.
Energy efficiency has increased in leaps and bounds over recent years. The benefits of efficient, high quality lighting systems are lower running costs, reduced environmental impact and improved light quality.
Remember, the most energy efficient lighting is natural light.
Take advantage of north-facing windows or look at adding skylights or light tubes. Light-coloured interior surfaces should be applied to south-facing rooms as they reflect more light and reduce the level of artificial lighting required.
The overall aim for your lighting installation is that the light is fit for the purpose. The quantity and quality should be appropriate for the environment and the space it inhibits.
Interior designers are trained in light planning, so feel free to contact me if you need help moving in the right direction - that's what I'm here for!
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