Light can define space, substance and style. Outdoor, with the shifting sun and atmospheric conditions, light and the shadows
change the appearance of things natural and man made. But in the indoors,
the play of natural and artificial lighting largely determine both function
Today lighting is considered to be a very important element of decorating
scheme. The invention of the incandescent bulb in 1978 revolutionized
lighting systems as it allowed light to be easily manipulated. Apart from
exploiting natural light by using opaque or transparent glass walls, sky
lights, large windows etc. for offices, architect work out the detailed
light fittings which are conducive for a work environment. In homes, a
careful selection of lights extends and enhances the aesthetics of
interiors. Similarly for hotels, showrooms, museums, gardens, water
bodies, individual lighting requirements are worked out. Artificial light
falling from various angles and heights on different surfaces guide us to
perceive various features and dimensions while creating a specific mood.
With technological developments and the stress on precision lighting, a
variety of lighting fixtures are readily available with options which offer
manifold possibilities in terms of effect.
The choice of fitting according to the room, gets very difficult, one
gets puzzled off as there are so many varieties in lights like the table
lamps, spot lights, clamp lights, recessed/surface mounted lights,
uplighters, halogens, incandescent bulb, pendants, fluorescent fixtures
and lots of others. Once the basic idea of the space, mood, interior
design, highlighting, function of work have been specified, one can then
consider the basic types of lighting. Initially only the planned positions
of lights need to be decided. Later, the selection of bulbs and the exact
effect can be created. One should always keep in mind some of the basic
rules while designing the light.
Every activity that takes place in the interior must have lights of the
right kind, intensity and the right direction.
- The eye prefers even lighting with the minimum of contrast between the
brightness of the room surfaces and the lighting fixtures.
- The eye works best when the work surface is more brightly lit then the
- The eye is stimulated by the contrast of tone and sparkle.
- When room lighting change , color changes or disappear, thus objects
become more or less important in the room.
There are three basic types of lighting
categorized according to the intensity of the light used.
It supplies an overall illumination in
It supplies the required
illumination for specific tasks such as reading, painting etc. It directs
strong local illumination without high general illumination as required for
activities carried in a particular area.
It offers a decorative element to the
area by highlighting the particular objects or features in the area. They
are auxiliary to the general lighting and provide an added, and at times,
dramatic dimensions to the scheme.
Spaces can be provided with one, two or all types of these lightings,
depending upon the requirement. With different types of lighting in each
room and dimmers to adjust the intensity of light, an ordinary space can be
infused with much dramatic look to convey different moods to suit different
times of the day.