Types of interior lighting: What you need in each space and how to get it
Whether in a home or a business, good planning of interior lighting is essential to achieve the desired effects. This aspect should not be left to chance but quite the opposite.
We must study how we want the interior lightning of each of the areas of the space to be. And how can it be achieved? First of all, we need to determine two aspects: The tone and the amount of light we want in that area.
Maybe we want them warm, which are yellowish and go below 3000K? Do we prefer them cold, which are white tones and range between 5000 and 6500K? Or rather neutral or intermediate, ranging between 3500 and 4100K?
We usually associate warm interior light with low levels of light, while cold light is associated with wide spaces. Similarly, warm light sources tend to relax and make us feel at ease, while cold light sources tend to stimulate us. This is why, normally, in a living room, warm interior light is used, while in a kitchen or study, cold interior light is used.
As for lighting types, it should be distinguished between: General lighting, accent lighting, exhibition lighting and decorative lighting.
General lighting is found in spaces that illuminate its entire volume and is achieved by wall lights or ceiling lamps. It is advisable to have several light sources. In addition, with light intensity dimmers, you can opt for more intense or softer lighting, depending on the moment.
Accent lighting is a more intense lighting whose objective is to illuminate a certain activity such as a dining table, a bed headboard, a lounge chair… Floor lamps or table lamps, suspended lamps or ceiling lamps will be the allies in this type of interior lighting.
The exhibition lighting aims to achieve a theatrical or scenic effect, being a “protagonist” lighting, as it is the center of attention. Warm lamps on shelves or bedside tables, spotlights with moving shapes, etc., are some of the options to achieve this type of interior lighting.
Finally, decorative lighting is used to enhance details and illuminate certain objects such as a plant, a work of art or the like. An attempt is made to give prominence to the object that, without this lighting, would not have with direct spotlights.
In any of the cases and to achieve a balance in the space, from Espaisillum we recommend that the general interior lighting and the accent lightning, are similar. This will create a uniform space and an ideal environment.