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Light and Lighting

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Following on from the use of plants in interior design and that they require specific types of light depending on the type of plants be it direct sunlight or shade, it is fair to say that people also require light for good health and wellbeing.

It is extensively documented that vitamin D is essential to us and that it is derived from sunlight, so light must therefore be factored into the home and workplace design. For instance bright light when we go to bed can inhibit our ability to sleep. Depending on the function of any given room the amount of light it may require can vary. Windows let in light but the quantity and quality is dependent on several factors – Do trees or plants immediately outside inhibit the amount of sunlight getting through? What direction is the window facing? A south facing window will get the full midday sun with all its heat whilst a window facing north will not. Is the window letting in too much light? Do I require a blind, curtains or some other type of window screen to reduce it? Whatever the orientation of your windows or what may be immediately outside them, interior lighting also needs to be considered.

The range and style of light fixtures is so vast that whatever your theme you will certainly be able to find fixtures and fittings to suit, but will the light it emits be suitable? What is it you need the lighting to achieve? If you want to create a certain environment possibly take a leaf out of nature’s book and consider how light is diffused as it passes through a tree’s canopy to litter the floor with splashes of light and shade to give us a perfect picnic spot. Or perhaps think about the light of a camp fire and how it makes us feel warm and protected from the dark as it casts its shadows around you. Whichever room in your house light is a basic requirement. Whether it’s to work under in a kitchen or relax in like a bedroom, bathroom or living room the correct use of light will enhance your life.

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Consider these additional items when deciding on the right lighting for you –

Are the surfaces in the room reflective or non-reflective? Light alters the way we perceive things. Too much light on a reflective surface may make it harshly glare.

Does the room feel dull due to lack of natural light? The use of mirrors and crystals to capture and reflect light will help maximise the potential of what light is available.

How bright do I need the light to be? Consider the bulb type and its wattage.

Spotlights and LED strip lights can be used to highlight a particular area or feature within a room.

Candles or a fireplace will provide light and help set the mood of a room for romance and relaxation.