Differences of lighting
Without artificial lighting, today’s living standards would be unthinkable. There is hardly anything that affects the psyche as much as dark, unpleasant rooms. But one light is not the same as the next: the difference between glaring fluorescent neon strips and cosy light bulbs is evident even to the layperson. So there is logic behind the enormous range of different lighting available. From halogen to LEDs, standard to energy-saving light bulbs, a warm white, cold white or day-light lamp, each one has different characteristic, not only from an economic point of view, but also with regard to lighting power and light quality.
In view of the vast range of lighting on offer, it is not surprising that illumination is regarded as one of the most important design elements of interior design and decoration, and that work with different light sources opens up nearly as many avenues for design as colour. But you don’t have to be an interior designer, of course, to be able to use lighting in a targeted way to show your home off to advantage.
The effect of lighting
Bright rooms flooded with a senseful lighting are a balm for the soul. They appear larger, more expansive and friendlier. That does not mean they need enormous windows. There are, after all, many other options for lighting them. The most widespread is, of course, general purpose lighting. It can be found in almost every room, usually in the form of a ceiling lamp that is meant to illuminate the entire space. That is, admittedly, practical; however, apart from lighting the room to some degree, this type of light does not do much for the room’s ambience. For this reason, it makes sense to install extra light sources over and above general purpose lighting, thereby creating targeted pools of light.
In the home office you should fall back onto neutral, white light, installed in such a way that it is not glaring. This type of light is the least tiring on the eyes and also promotes concentration. A good example of ideal office lighting is the RIMA desk lamp, whose high quality, dimmable LEDs provide good illumination. Its intensity can be adjusted as required. At the same time, the shape of the lamp prevents it from blinding you and hence unnecessarily irritating the eyes.
For a relaxed rest area, an indirect light source is a good choice. Whether you go for an uplighter or covered light sources set behind the ceiling moulding, there are many options for introducing indirect lighting into your home. The advantage of this type of lighting is that it is soft and discreet and creates a pleasant, welcoming feel.
Creating highlights with lighting
Spots that emit hard, direct lighting, which is slightly brighter than general purpose lighting, are a wonderful way to create points of emphasis. Smaller spots, distributed throughout the home and focused on individual objects, show off your favourite accessories or a particularly tasteful piece of furniture, which you want to bring to the fore.
Small lights placed around the room also create luminous focal points: the colourful Mood Flame tea light holders, for example, bring colour into your home and breathe life into it. While we are talking about tea lights, even if our homes are largely illuminated by artificial light, real flames have their very own kind of magic. In a time when open fires are increasingly rare, candlelight is one way of “domesticating” the wild flames of our forebears. Even in our modern world, no light is more agreeable than that of a real flame. For this reason, alongside the stylish designer lights, you will also find numerous tasteful candlesticks in the category lighting to bring the romantic flicker of real firelight into your home. Let yourself be inspired by our design shop and discover what magic the right light can work on your home.
Posted on 15.12.2014