I’m very sure you’ve searched all over the internet today and hardly can you find any article that helps you when it comes to making decisions about light products. This can be so frustrating, I get it. Well… here’s good news. This blog has been made specially to lead you on the right path to giving your space the appropriate lighting it needs to shimmer and sparkle.
There are many light products such as table lamps, wall lamps, ceiling lamps, night light, light gadgets, etc. They help illuminate your room and adds a touch of class and elegance to your space. Wouldn’t you love it if someone entered your house and just falls in love with the aura of your space? I know you would and that’s why you need to know the right light to make use of.
With all the many lighting products & fixtures out there, many people have absolutely no idea which lighting is meant for where. All they just want is a fancy light that looks beautiful and helps them point the way. You will want to know which lighting is appropriate for certain parts of your house, office and any space. I will give you an overview in this article about the types of lighting we have and where they’re suitable for. So, just stick around and let’s get to it right away!
What is lighting?
Lighting, or illumination, is used to give an aesthetic or practical effect to your personal space with the use of lights. Artificial light sources like light products and lamps are used for lighting, sometimes along with the use of captured natural daylight illumination. Most times, daylight lighting is a great form of illumination because it helps to save energy and consumes less energy in buildings, which we know means less bills to pay. Light fixtures are very important for indoor lighting and are major key components for interior designs. Imagine a great interior design with a terrible lighting…. Ridiculous! With the use of the right lighting, tasks are performed better, areas appear more beautiful and even causes a more positive psychological effect on the inhabitants of a space.
There are major types of lighting that have been classified according to their general use, accent, or task, which all depends on the light distribution of the fixture used. Let’s talk a little bit on what these classifications are:
- General lighting
This is often referred to as ambient lighting and is used to generally illuminate an area. It falls between the task lighting and the accent lighting as it can be used interchangeably for both purposes. When used indoors, it can be used in form of a floor lamp, table lamp or even a ceiling lamp. General lighting can also be used outdoors, like the parking lot, but it would not be as bright as the indoor illumination.
- Accent Lighting
We make use of the accent lighting to highlight decorations such plants, pictures and other interior design elements. This is very good for the beautification of decorations. One place the accent light really works well is at the night museum. If you’ve been to one, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
- Task lighting
As the classification implies, it is the best type of lighting for accomplishing tasks and functions such as material inspection and reading. For example, you might be someone who loves to study overnight. The appropriate lighting level for reading is 1500 lux and so, if you use a lighting fixture that’s less than this, it has a potential of making you strain your eyes to see, which we know is not very healthy for the eyes.
METHODS OF LIGHTING
There are different methods to which we can add a lighting fixture to a certain room. Each method generally depends on the purpose of the fixture and how it won’t cause obstruction to movements. They are:
- Backlighting: This is usually used to create a very dramatic effect in the background or backdrop and can be placed through or around the object to make it a center of attraction to all who see it. It causes the object to have a unique scenery or depth attached to it.
- Uplighting: This method of lighting is very uncommon and is usually used in bouncing indirect light off the ceiling to the ground. You can say it’s a form of reflective method of lighting that makes use of a diffusive surface to cause a reflection in space.
- Downlighting: This is the most common form of lighting and is usually placed in the ceiling using fixtures or can be recessed in the ceiling. It can be used both in homes and in the office. It requires a large number of fittings and often leads to excessive energy consumption. It’s usually more advisable to make use of LED ceiling or wall lamps to retro fit in place of lamps that consume so much energy.
- Front lighting: This is very common and is used directly in front of objects which causes it to look flat because it does not permit shadow casting.
I hope Glicha has been able to increase your knowledge a little bit about what lighting is along the forms and methods of lighting. In our next, we’ll touch more on the forms of lighting and how it helps us in our daily lives.
Remember, Glicha lights the way for you.