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Lighting Design 101: Layering With Light What You’ll Learn Here: •Layering light is the key to lighting design •Layering light in a space provides functionality and visual interest •Primary layers include ambient, accent, task •Separately controlling layers can provide high level of flexibility Read the full article at IESLightLogic.org
Lighting Design 101: Layering With LightWhat Is Layering With Light?Color, texture, pattern: Interior designers layer these elements to createinteresting, dynamic rooms. The layered approach is also used in lightingdesign.However, with lighting, layering involves combining ambient, accent andtask lighting to create a balanced, visually comfortable space.
Lighting Design 101: Layering With LightAmbient LightingAmbient (or general) lighting uniformly lights the space, typically avoidingdark corners while also putting some light on walls. Typically provided byceiling-mounted luminaires (light fixtures), it provides light mainly fororientation and general vision. Examples of ambient lighting includedownlights, pendants, cove lighting and wall washing.
Lighting Design 101: Layering With LightAmbient Lighting (cont’d)Because ambient lighting is typically diffuse and uniform, it can be bland.Accent lighting can be used to highlight features in the space such asartwork, floral arrangements and interesting architecture. The goal is todraw attention through contrasts in brightness. Instances of accent lightinginclude directional luminaires, track lighting, aimable downlights and wallwashing and grazing. Visual interest can also be stimulated byincorporating sparkle elements (such as a starry sky effect using points oflight), decorative luminaires, color and silhouetting.
Lighting Design 101: Layering With Light Task Lighting Task lighting is then used to provide supplemental illumination for specific activities requiring more light, such as reading, sewing, personal grooming and preparing meals. It may be part of the general lighting system or additional localized lighting such as portable desktop, table and floor luminaires, or reading lights. As these luminaires are typically visible, their style and finish should match the décor of the space.
Lighting Design 101: Layering With Light Task Lighting (cont’d) Once the layers are defined and equipment chosen that will distribute light in the desired direction, intensity and pattern, each should be assigned to a control device that provides switching and also possibly dimming. By making each layer separately dimmable, you can establish a wide variety of visual scenes, moods and functionality. If preset scene controls are used, these scenes can be programmed and recalled via single pushbutton operation.
Lighting Design 101: Layering With Light Key Takeaways: •Layering light is the key to lighting design •Layering light in a space provides functionality and visual interest •Primary layers include ambient, accent, task •Separately controlling layers can provide high level of flexibility Read the full article at IESLightLogic.org
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