The Concept of Lighting
Mati Cau Limited shows you how to create a powerful Lighting Effect at Home, with basic understanding tof he different options you have for lighting so that you too can flick on awesome effects with switches.
Humans have evolved a lot visually. Our dominant sense is sight and we have finely tuned our awareness of light at almost every level to the point where we actually have names and meanings for different types of lighting. We have ‘cold, bright mornings’, ‘moody sky’, ‘dull evening’. All of these conjure, enhance and reflect our emotions. Modern construction and design have created elements that use light to play on our emotions, rendering our residential, transit and work areas into fully function places of high visual appeal.
Good lighting designs balance three primary types of light: ambient, task and accent. Architects and designers make lighting decisions based on the needs of individual spaces and how to tip that balance to achieve certain effects. It is very much possible to play tricks with light and you don’t really have to be professionally skilled to do it. You just need a little creativity and you can do something similar to what we do at Mati Cau Limited.
1. Try hiding the source of light
This is probably the most strategic when trying to create a powerful lighting effect at home. It could be mesmerizing and beautiful at the same time. Lighting a space from an unseen vantage point does two things: it emphasizes architectural form or structure, and it adds mystery and depth, especially to small spaces. Not knowing where the light comes from, we instinctively draw our own conclusions and extend the perception of space to encompass the source of light outside. It’s a powerful effect.
2. Irregular arrangement of lighting elements
This makes so much sense, its also known as lighting on a grid. The idea here is to scatter small, light sources to create irregular patters. Be careful to combine this with more regular light patterns. Casting small pools of light in a random pattern encourages informal circulation and gathering.
3. Apply contrast a little
It is not uncommon for most person to make use of evenly distributed light. How about trying a little theater trick? Allow some areas to be brighter than others and let the light fade out into the darker parts. The effect this creates is awesome. High levels of contrast in a lighting scheme allow this technique to work here. The light filtering in from above promotes a feeling of quiet reverence, seclusion and contemplation. It is like you are leading people out and to a destination.
4. Let in the sun
Daylight still rules and in the hands of someone creative enough could be so powerful. Natural light is a full-spectrum light, composed of roughly equal parts of colors of light. It’s the light our senses are most tuned to, and we intuitively understand what changes in natural light – from weather to time of day and season. We can use natural light to brighten and warm our rooms, it is abundant, it is free. Remember to modulate and control it to prevent unwanted glare, heat and excessive ultra-violet rays.
5. Be bold
You can group together multiple light sources for maximum effect. State your intent, decide the kind of effect you want and go for it. Don’t be afraid to let in as much light as you want.
6. Light Trim
One thing about lights is how they look when the switches are on another thing is how the lighting elements look when the switches are off. Consider the nature of the base to which the light bulbs are screwed. If your ceiling is wide and white, consider going for black light trims.
7. Think Custom
Pair any transparent material with a light source and you would have created something unique.
8. Light the destination
Light naturally draws us in and suggests refuge. This concept can be put to use in any part of a home, but it’s especially effective outside, to announce entry, establish gathering points and suggest hierarchy among building components.
9. Up light only
For pathways and circulation areas, it’s often suitable to provide only enough ambient light to get from here to there. Up lighting produces a relatively flat overall light, but washing a textured wall with soft streaks of light, as shown here, encourages movement and renders the wall surface an artful composition.
10. Consider the rule of three
Most successful lighting concepts use a combination of three types of lighting: ambient, task and accent. By layering all three in differing proportions, you can achieve a lot of amazing, professional effects.
THE THREE TYPES OF LIGHTING
1. Ambient Lighting
This is the most basic form of lighting. It is the general lighting prevalent in any room. It refers to the general illumination in a room.
2. Task lighting
Task, or work, lighting illuminates’ smaller areas where more intense light is needed. Task light should be three times as bright as general lighting. Overly bright work lamps won’t make up for a dimly lit room (instead, you may develop eyestrain).
Good task lighting fixture choices are well-positioned recessed lights, track lighting, pendants, table or floor lamps, and under-cabinet lighting strips.
3. Accent Lighting
Accent lighting is the lower kind of lighting that does nothing more than add a shimmer around specific objects and corners of a room. An ambient light is just like a highlighter, capturing your attention and directing to specific parts of a room. There are several types of ambient lights and they are usually determined by their position. Some of them are:
Recessed lights provide the kind of subtle lighting that illuminates the perimeter of a room, add a soft glow to books and photos.
Picture Lights: These lights are used to highlight a painting or a large photograph.
Tell Us What You Think
That’s it for today on how to create a powerful Lighting Effect at Home. What light effect is your favorite? You can leave a comment and if you enjoyed this post, don’t fail to tell others about it. Remember you can get a professional home and office designer to create the perfect lighting for you. This and many more services we offer at Mati Cau Limited.