Sunday, March 1, 2009

Light Layers - How to transform a space

One of the key principles of lighting design is to have three layers of lighting.  Each layer has a specific role, and if one is left out, the space will end up as ordinary and uninteresting as most spaces that exist.  
  • Task lighting provides us with enough lighting to accomplish what we set out to do, whether it be reading or doing a craft.  
  • Ambient lighting emulates what naturally occurs during the day.  This light is what surrounds you and doesn't come from a single point source of light.   
  • Accent lighting is considered the icing on the cake.  It adds drama and subtle elegance to a space.  This light is what is directed at art work and sculpture and serves only to highlight it's subject.
Having these three layers working in conjunction with each other will transform and ordinary space into one that is extraordinary.

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