Glampur interiors and their lighting should focus, in addition to general lighting, mainly on mood lighting, accenting various details, creating a unique atmosphere and completing the arrangement.
General lighting is the foundation of the entire arrangement, providing a uniform glow throughout the room and illuminating the space for functional rather than aesthetic reasons. The hallmark of general lighting is that it is usually direct and should be controlled with a dimming device to accommodate changes in daylight.
The central pendant lamp is probably the most commonly used source of general lighting and can be an important design element in a room. Luxurious glamour chandeliers or an art installation both look great in a room and are eye-catching.
They must be accompanied by other layers of lighting, as a central light source alone casts unappealing shadows and does not give the room any real spirit. Such a simplistic lighting scheme is generally considered far from sufficient to create a welcoming space.
The next layer of lighting is ambient lighting, which is a great partner to general lighting. Both types share important characteristics – they are primarily functional and serve to illuminate an entire area. The main difference between the two is the direction of their light
Ambient lighting is indirect and therefore softer than general lighting – since it usually doesn’t use downlights, it doesn’t create unflattering shadows. Think wall sconces that wash the wall with light, backlit Plexiglas panels, or concealed coffer lighting that casts light on the ceiling.
As the name suggests, task lighting is any light source used for a specific task, such as reading or cooking. By nature, these lights need to be more powerful than most other sources. However, always combine them with adequate ambient lighting to avoid eye fatigue caused by the sharp contrast of light and dark areas.
Reading and work areas are some of the most obvious areas requiring task lighting. Balanced arm lamps look great on desks, and flexible reading lamps mounted near the headboard are perfect for reading before bed. Mirror lighting works well in bathrooms. The kitchen is another area to incorporate task lighting to make food preparation easier and safer. Under-cabinet spotlights, recessed downlights over the worktop or long and low pendant lighting over the island are some options
Makes a room feel pleasantly inviting by creating “pools” of light that counteract the shadows caused by general lighting. It is also an important part of the room design.
For table lamps, a sturdy side table or console is preferred, otherwise hiding the wires can be difficult. Thread the wires through a discreet hole drilled in the surface. Keep the outlets close to where the lamps will be located (this is especially useful if you’re just in the design phase of your new home).
Since mood lighting is often the layer of lighting closest to eye level, it’s important to shield any glare from unsightly bare bulbs with a filter. The same goes for general lighting if the bare bulb can be seen from below.
Choose a lower wattage for mood lighting – unlike task lighting, high wattage bulbs are too powerful and inappropriate. Higher wattage bulbs also require a large shade to allow enough space between the bulb and the material.
If the lighting in your room relies heavily on mood lighting, lighter shades are best to let in as much light as possible; a darker shade is great if you want a moody, atmospheric look.
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