Interior Lighting- The Ultimate Guide for Beginners

Interior Lighting- The Ultimate Guide for Beginners

So the last time you dropped in here, we were talking about the 7 elements of interior design. And I rightly remember mentioning that we’ll be discussing more about light, one of the most important elements. And I wasn’t lying at all. Today, we discussed how to get all along with the various lights available out there in the market and how to use them at your disposal. Try to tag along with color palettes, room size, the fabrics, obviously, and you’ll turn the space into a beautiful abode. 

Let’s move ahead with knowing about the various types of lights to light up the space (Yes, exactly what you were here for):

Ambient and general lighting:

Okay, so we are much familiar with what ambience means. It’s the usual space around us right? That’s what ambient and general lighting does for you. It brightens up the surrounding space uniformly, perfect for areas wherein we perform our day to day to activities. Well, let’s understand it this way. General lighting is good for practical day and night use, whereas ambient lighting can be controlled as and when preferred- perhaps to create a more dramatic effect!

Task lighting:

“Here, let me put on the study lamp for you!” is what our mothers often say when we’re struggling to read a book. So, task lighting means to provide efficient light to do a particular task. It usually helps to put less stress over the already tired eyes, well that’s important right? Words like giving the desired illuminance go pretty well with task lighting, something your future client will be thanking you for!

Accent lighting:

When trying to pull the focus of a guest towards a painting, an art sculpture, or maybe just a wall, accent lighting is what comes in handy. Visually, it helps to give the impression of a much larger room. Remember those movies wherein a grandeur is placed, mostly the entrance, and you see that as a very dramatic gate. It’s the light, actually. 

Mood lighting:

I guess the word speaks for itself- to create a mood. Basically, these lights give you far more choice. You can dim the light, put it to highlight a feature of a room or just change colors for entertainment. Times when your client would want to soften the décor, or create a dimly lit environment for the patio on the outdoor, mood lights come in quite handy.

Here we come to the end of this article about the various types of light used in interior design. To sum up, I would say that you not only need to understand the terminology and usage but rather to use it in a way that all the lights complement each other, and in rhythm. That’s what holds importance, because if not done rightly, it will completely ruin the space given by your prospective client- be it a house, an office, or the typical restaurant. Tune in to our interior design courses to check out on the practicality of interior designing taught on an academic platform. See you soon!

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