Beautiful lighting must be planned
We can’t say it enough. Light is pivotal to our mood, well-being and the atmosphere we create around us, and yet its importance is constantly underestimated. That being said, creating great lighting is no easy task. A lighting concept should be well thought out and planned. In order to create atmospheric lighting, the right lamps are essential. Different rooms and situations place different demands on their light sources. Contrast levels, light colour and brightness are just a handful of factors that cause light to unfold in very different ways in different spaces.
In order to create a pleasant atmosphere, the lighting concept should be designed so that individual light sources work to support each other. A rule of thumb to keep your lighting from being too overwhelming or straining is to install between three to five different light sources in a given room. Be sure to mind the distinction between a room light, task light and a mood light. A room light acts as the base light, fully illuminating the room, whereas the task light provides focused lighting and the mood light gives the room depth. A targeted interplay between low-contrast and high-contrast lighting adds yet another layer.
Multiple light sources to create the right mood
The right lighting for every room
Now that we’ve established that achieving the right lighting requires quite an extensive plan, we’d like to like to share some tips for creating a solid lighting strategy and finding the right lights for a variety of different rooms.
1 Living room
The living room is an ideal place to experiment with light and shadow and let numerous light sources exude a pleasant brightness. A large ceiling light as the primary light source is ideal, with a few smaller, more flexible light sources adding warm light and a comfortable atmosphere. This design concept is strengthened by the flexibility to alternate between direct and indirect lighting, making the room inviting for a variety of different activities and functions. A discreet pendant light just above a sideboard or dresser is one way to set a modern accent in the room. If you’re looking for a more casual ambience, try a floor lamp. Elegant floor lamps are particularly suitable for spacious rooms, as the lamp has space to be admired in its own right, while still providing targeted lighting accents. If you’re looking for some relief while reading, luminaires with a downward-facing light areal are ideal and reduce the strain on your eyes.
Let’s face it, pasta and wine are only half as good under a harsh light. To create a pleasant level of brightness in the dining room, make sure the focus of your lighting is evenly distributed. Especially apt for this purpose are modern hanging or pendant lights, which coincidentally also liven up the room. One frequently occurring problem we’ve notice in the dining room is lighting fixtures being mounted too low or too high. Avoid the headaches of glaring light or constantly bumping your head, by hanging your light between 60 – 70 cm above the table. This simple adjustment will solve many of your lighting woes. If you have a glass table, we recommend an indirect light source to cut back on reflected glare. When planning your lighting design, look beyond regular meals with the family and remember to keep in mind the dining room’s other functions. Now and again it may serve as work space, as a place for the kids to do homework or just somewhere to read the morning paper. As one of the busiest and often most versatile rooms of the house, finding a dimmable, height-adjustable or individually controllable light with a warm-white LED light source is ideal, so that you can customise it to any and all activities around your table.
2 Dining room
For efficiency in the kitchen, opt for indirect light sources. A bright work light to illuminate your work surface is essential, as well as fixed LED light sources with warm-white and penetrating light for cooking. Though visibility is key in the kitchen, there is still room for some accent lighting. If there is a breakfast nook in the kitchen, experiment with light sources that bring out warmth. A tip from HOLY TRINITY on kitchen luminaires: be sure the fixture you choose has washable surfaces so that grease can be eliminated.
The right level of brightness enhances our performance and concentration. To keep from overexerting your eyes, steer clear of glaring light sources. Find a good middle ground for your office so that you’re concentrated, but can still enjoy a cup of tea for a few minutes without adjusting your lighting. In order to avoid unwanted shadows in the work area, find a glare-free light. When it comes to the colour of your light, try colours that mimic daylight, so that the eye becomes accustomed to the light and can tolerate it for long periods without strain.
4 Home office
Here it is all about beauty sleep after a hard day’s work, but there are still important lighting pointers for the bedroom. What would ease those pesky tasks of making the bed or searching the depths of your closet for your black jacket or favourite pair of jeans? An atmospheric, yet bright and luminous lamp. For an extra dose of coziness, we suggest dimmable lighting strips or a backlit ceiling or wall light to replace the central light source normally in the middle of the room. A lamp for the bedside table provides just the right amount of background light for reading or watching TV in bed late at night. Cabinets with interior lighting or recessed luminaires are also worth considering.
As a passageway, rather than room, the hallway is often neglected, but entrance areas are actually an extremely important factor in a house or apartment. They serve as reception areas for family members, friends and all guests who wish to pay a visit to your humble abode, making a pleasant and friendly atmosphere crucial. However, brightness alone isn’t enough. The play between light and shadow lays the groundwork for the right atmosphere. A deliberate setting of light accents with a wall or floor lamp complements a luminous, dimmable ceiling lighting. One accent to try is a modern floor lamp that enhances the room with its eye-catching design. For those who like to keep their homes tech-savvy, motion detectors also work wonders.
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