THE ART OF LIGHT
How the principles of Lighting Technology can change your world

When building personal and workspaces, we tend to take lighting for granted. We spend so much of our lives in these spaces, with our friends and family, but casually ignore how much more effective and delightful they can be.

Lighting is the deliberate use of light to achieve practical or aesthetic effects, including natural illumination (daylight) and artificial sources. Effective lighting has a huge impact on the physical and psychological well-being of the people who inhibit those spaces.

To light up a room or space to its best potential is not difficult – it only needs a little knowledge, and a little creativity. When we understand the principles of lighting technology, you can choose the appropriate lighting system for your perfect corner of the world. 

FUNDAMENTALS

Let’s consider all the types of factors that go into designing the lighting:

1. Personal requirementswho is it being designed for? What will they want from such a space?
2. Architecture & spatial layoutHow can the layout be utilised in the best and most beautiful way possible?
3. Cost-benefit analysisit is not just the upfront costs, but one has to consider the costs of maintenance and upgrades
4. Surroundings and environmentwhat natural elements can be leveraged for this particular space?

You should note down your responses to each of these factors to choose the right lighting solutions for your requirements.

A single space can be used for various purposes by different members of a family. Some may use a particular corner to relax, while the youngsters may want to work on their laptops, host friends, or even catch a movie.

With the setting and the utility of the room figured out, you are on your way to achieving maximum effectiveness and aesthetics for every space.

ART OF LIGHT

Sight is a vital sense for human beings, one which gives us our understanding of the world. We are evolved to perceive even slight changes in the light around us, and have come to associate different kinds of light with different meanings and signals. For example, the brightness of a summer day can instantly uplift our spirits, a candlelight dinner makes the entire world seem rosy!

These are instincts ingrained in us that have evolved to respond differently to different kinds of light around us. We don’t just respond consciously, but sub-consciously as well, on a more emotional level. Especially in growing children, lighting has a deep impact on their sleep, and thus on concentration. Without proper light, their serotonin and melanin levels fluctuate, leading to lifestyle ailments and sleep disorders.

Lighting is also an integral part of interior design as it undoubtedly enhances the aesthetic appeal of a space while also giving it its mood and ambiance. A warm and safe space can be the perfect stressbuster to retreat from hectic schedules. 

Lighting a space can also be immensely satisfying, both creatively as well as for efficiency. For us, the art of lighting is to engage with these emotions and design the perfect place that delights you every time you are there. 

A major mistake is to assume that a single source of light is enough to meet all the requirements of the room. But when the purposes that the room will be used for are different, a single source of light will not be sufficient for most of them.

There are different types of lighting for interiors that we are all aware of, even if we don’t know their names. Well, there are easy enough to remember:

1
Direct lightingwhen light from a fixture or a lamp falls on a specific area or object, with a strong contrast between light and shadow. Examples: spotlights, downlights.
2
Indirect lightingis used to illuminate a wider space with even light distribution without sharp contrast. Example: LED strips, pendant bulbs, etc.
3
Diffusedsoft lights without the intensity or the glare of direct light as it is scattered without one single direction.
4
Semi-indirect60 – 90% of the light from the source shines towards the working surface and the remainder is reflected to the ceilings and upper portions of the wall. It softens shadows to produce even lighting.

Lighting not only highlights but add to the sense of a space. When it seamlessly combines purpose with style, it creates a dynamic space that is not just defined by the walls surrounding it. Even with beautiful architecture, it can only be experienced to the fullest when the lighting complements it.

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