Light and space are among the most important elements of Interior Design. Managing space and light are primordial tasks for an Interior Designer, since the consequences of a inadequate space or poor lighting are hard to correct. Light is not only a challenging element, but a fascinating world on its own.
Lighting in Interior Design
Some people see lighting more as a technical request to facilitate the visualization of what is visible in our room. But beyond that, an Interior Designer must spent a significative time to figure it out how to get the most of the natural entry of light in the room. A very good way to consider lighting could be resumed this way: “Get the most you can of natural light, and look for as much electric light is requested”.
Natural entry of light will always be preferred in any room. Its free and far more complex than electric light, so its good for you. All current trends are in favor of large natural light entries, the least amount possible of curtains or blinds (unless due to privacy needs) and using skylights to get the most of natural light are some of the best practices used for that.
On the other hand, electric light has its own challenges. There are countless systems of electric lighting, adapted for every need. Electric light is about focus and emphasis. Some areas need a complete amount of light, while others need a specific spot. Think about how expands our need for light when we think of our college works and our unavoidable task lamp, our beloved reading spot with our floor lamp giving us visibility for our books and our Barcelona Chair; and that giant spider-like candelabra you see above your head while entering the dining room.
Artificial light has several types of solutions, though we must keep in mind that depending on the lighting solution you only will be capable to distinguish some elements of the electromagnetic spectrum. Ordinary bulb lamps, for example, use a limited group of yellows, too. All visible artificial light is within the violet to red spectrum range, however varying types of artificial light concentrate on different parts of the spectrum.
Why do you need electric light?
To find the right kind of lighting solution depends heavily on the purpose of your space. You may need light for several reasons.
To carry tasks of work (reading, writing, operating equipment)
To complement your comfort zone
To create aesthetic effects in your space and decore
To ensure safety conditions
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