Lighting, why is that really so important? Especially in the dark months, good lighting is very important. Without lighting there is little color and considerably less atmosphere. With lighting you can make a room appear bigger or smaller. You often think of lighting in a later phase of designing a new interior, although it is already very important from the beginning.
Lighting can be divided into 5 groups, namely: general basic lighting, accent or mood lighting, functional or work lighting, direct lighting and indirect lighting.
General basic lighting
The basic lighting is the lighting that is needed to illuminate everything at once. It is the lamps that you put on first when you enter, they are usually located centrally in the room. You can also connect basic lighting to a dimmer and thus create mood lighting.
Accent or mood lighting
This is light that you use when you are having dinner or are watching TV together. This type of lighting is also often used to highlight beautiful accessories. It gives a cozy atmosphere in the house.
Functional or work lighting
Functional light says it all, it has to be functional. For example, keyboard lighting, reading lights or a desk lamp. It is always handy to have an extra lamp at a workstation.
With direct lighting, the light source shines directly on the surface without any filtering, think of spotlights. The spots have a wide beam angle so that they can serve as basic lighting. If you want to use this as basic lighting, there are still several light sources to be used, otherwise the light will not be properly distributed over the space.
In the case of directly diffuse light, a filter is used, in which case the light point is distributed over a surface, so that the light is less strong and illuminates a slightly wider area.
In indirect light, there is made use of the environment to illuminate the room. This can be done with ceilings, walls, floors; actually all large surfaces. These function as a kind of reflectors, by which a strong light source gets reflected, resulting in a much warmer and softer glow. Indirect lighting can make a space appear larger, but also achieve special effects, such as the illusion of a hovering ceiling.
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