Effective lighting design is becoming increasingly popular and important as we evolve and enhance our sophisticated lifestyles, and whilst we are all familiar with the option of having a dimmer switch to help control a certain light in our houses, or a light on a timer that can be set to come on when the house is empty, few of us have had the opportunity to explore lighting possibilities further.
The basic elements of a successful lighting design are both functional and aesthetic, with three types of lighting to be considered:
Incorporating all three is done by ‘layering’ the different types of light in order to create each and all of the desired effects in an area.
Planning a lighting scheme starts with answering the following questions for each of the rooms or areas to be lit:
In answering these fundamental questions, take each room or area to be lit and decide on the lighting requirements based on the questions above. The resultant lighting must be flexible for the many and varied activities in each of the rooms, with the general emphasis is on atmosphere and mood (ambient and accent lighting), and specific tasks such as cooking, reading, dressing, shaving, etc. catered for separately (task lighting).
In planning the lighting scheme, decision on the types of light fittings and bulbs will be largely based around the type of lighting required (task, ambient or accent).