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Elements of –Interior lighting design
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INTERIOR DESIGN
SALHOTRA DHIRAJ
N.L I G H T
Elements of –Interior lighting design
How can lighting help me see better at home?
To help overcome the normal changes that occur in
your eyes, lighting should be:
High.
Increase light levels by adding fixtures close to your task or
selecting light bulbs with more lumens listed on their package.
Even more light is required to see small details.
Glare-free.
Avoid direct view of light bulbs, use blinds, shades, or curtains to
minimize brightness of windows, and be aware that shiny surfaces
can reflect light from bright, glary objects into your eye.
Uniform.
Minimize dark areas within a room.
Color enhancing.
Use light bulbs with good color properties to help you discriminate
colors.
Put extra light where you read. Fixtures that brighten your walls and ceiling, and fixtures
that light your reading area improve your comfort and ability to see.
Elements of –Interior lighting design
Elements of –Interior lighting design
How can I see small details better?
1. You can see small objects like fine print and
sewing better when you have more light.
2. A task light is a light fixture designed to direct
light to an area where you need to see small
details.
3. The closer the task light is to the object you
wish to see, the easier it will be to see fine details
as long as the light still covers the whole object.
Elements of –Interior lighting design
You will be able to see small things better if you:
Place adjustable task lights, floor lamps, or table lamps near
your table, desk, bed, or objects with fine detail.
Place your task light on your left side and slightly to the front
if you are right-handed. Place it to your right and slightly
forward if you are left-handed. This will reduce shadows cast
by your hand on your paper, cutting board, or other task
surface.
Place fixtures over the sink, stove, countertops, and other
fixed work areas. Avoid placing fixtures on the ceiling behind
you when you stand at a counter, table, or sink. Fixtures
located to the side and slightly in front of you will keep your
shadow off your task surface. Use light-colored décor to
reduce shadows.
If you have upper cabinets, light your countertops with thin,
Under cabinet lighting fixtures mounted on the underside of
the upper cabinets.
Mount swing arm lamps used for reading in bed above the
head of your bed or to your side, below your eye level.
Place a task light over
your shoulder, close to
where you read.
You will be able to see small things better if you:
Elements of –Interior lighting design

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Interior lighting design tips

  • 1. Elements of –Interior lighting design 1 INTERIOR DESIGN SALHOTRA DHIRAJ N.L I G H T
  • 2. Elements of –Interior lighting design How can lighting help me see better at home? To help overcome the normal changes that occur in your eyes, lighting should be: High. Increase light levels by adding fixtures close to your task or selecting light bulbs with more lumens listed on their package. Even more light is required to see small details. Glare-free. Avoid direct view of light bulbs, use blinds, shades, or curtains to minimize brightness of windows, and be aware that shiny surfaces can reflect light from bright, glary objects into your eye. Uniform. Minimize dark areas within a room. Color enhancing. Use light bulbs with good color properties to help you discriminate colors.
  • 3. Put extra light where you read. Fixtures that brighten your walls and ceiling, and fixtures that light your reading area improve your comfort and ability to see. Elements of –Interior lighting design
  • 4. Elements of –Interior lighting design How can I see small details better? 1. You can see small objects like fine print and sewing better when you have more light. 2. A task light is a light fixture designed to direct light to an area where you need to see small details. 3. The closer the task light is to the object you wish to see, the easier it will be to see fine details as long as the light still covers the whole object.
  • 5. Elements of –Interior lighting design You will be able to see small things better if you: Place adjustable task lights, floor lamps, or table lamps near your table, desk, bed, or objects with fine detail. Place your task light on your left side and slightly to the front if you are right-handed. Place it to your right and slightly forward if you are left-handed. This will reduce shadows cast by your hand on your paper, cutting board, or other task surface. Place fixtures over the sink, stove, countertops, and other fixed work areas. Avoid placing fixtures on the ceiling behind you when you stand at a counter, table, or sink. Fixtures located to the side and slightly in front of you will keep your shadow off your task surface. Use light-colored décor to reduce shadows. If you have upper cabinets, light your countertops with thin, Under cabinet lighting fixtures mounted on the underside of the upper cabinets. Mount swing arm lamps used for reading in bed above the head of your bed or to your side, below your eye level.
  • 6. Place a task light over your shoulder, close to where you read. You will be able to see small things better if you: Elements of –Interior lighting design
  • 7. You can read well in bed with an adjustable task light mounted over the headboard. You will be able to see small things better if you: Elements of –Interior lighting design
  • 8. You can see fine details better when the task light is close to the task. You will be able to see small things better if you: Elements of –Interior lighting design
  • 9. Place your task light slightly to the front and on the opposite side of the hand you write with (a) to avoid shadows (b). You will be able to see small things better if you: Elements of –Interior lighting design
  • 10. Place a light fixture over the counter between you and the wall (a) to avoid shadows on your work area (b). You will be able to see small things better if you: Elements of –Interior lighting design
  • 11. Elements of –Interior lighting design How can I get rid of glare? 1. Avoid placing very bright lights against dark ceilings or walls. 2. Choose light-colored walls and ceilings to soften the effects of bright light. 3. Shield bright objects from your usual lines of sight. For example if you can see a light bulb when seated at your dining table, hide the direct view of the bulb by adjusting its shade or repositioning the fixture. 4. Avoid clear lenses or shades on fixtures; they do not shield the light bulb from your view.
  • 12. Elements of –Interior lighting design How can I get rid of glare?
  • 13. Elements of –Interior lighting design How can I get rid of glare? 5. Spread light over large areas by lighting ceilings and walls, or by using fluorescent tubes shielded from direct view. 6. If you want recessed downlights or “cans” mounted in your ceiling, choose a deeply recessed fixture to minimize direct view of the bulb. 7. Place task lights to your side, not in front of you, to avoid reflected glare from shiny surfaces, like polished wood or glossy magazines. 8. Use shades, blinds, or curtains to minimize glare from windows.
  • 14. Aim lights on the object you want to see, not on your face. You will be able to get rid of glare if you: Elements of –Interior lighting design
  • 15. Block your direct view of light bulbs with a shade to avoid glare bouncing off shiny surfaces (a) or shielding board (b).Place your task light to your side You will be able to get rid of glare if you: Elements of –Interior lighting design
  • 16. Block your direct view of light bulbs with a shade to avoid glare bouncing off shiny surfaces (a) or shielding board (b).Place your task light to your side You will be able to get rid of glare if you: Elements of –Interior lighting design
  • 17. Elements of –Interior lighting design Will light help me stay more alert? There is growing evidence that bright light during the day coupled with darkness at night can help you be wider awake during the day and sleep more soundly at night.
  • 18. Spend some time each morning in a bright place. Will light help me stay more alert? Elements of –Interior lighting design
  • 19. Elements of –Interior lighting design Selection of light source 1. Fluorescent tubes, when properly selected, offer you many advantages over common incandescent bulbs. 2. They spread light over large areas without excessive glare, and they last 10 to 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs. 3. they will reduce your electric bill since they use only 20 to 30% as much energy as incandescent bulbs for the same amount of light. 4. Currently fluorescent tubes with excellent color, plenty of light, and no buzz or flicker.
  • 20. Elements of –Interior lighting design Selection of light source 5. Choose fixtures designed for fluorescent tubes. 6. Use compact fluorescent bulbs only where they fit completely within the fixture. 7. Select frosted, not clear, incandescent bulbs. 8. Consider using floor and table lamps designed for metal halide bulbs where you want a lot of light, such as beside your reading chair.
  • 21. Select fixtures designed to use what is termed “pin base” fluorescent bulbs (a). The ENERGY STAR label (b) On light fixtures helps you identify these fixtures. Screwbase compact fluorescent bulbs (c) can often replace traditional light bulbs for general lighting. Selection of light source Elements of –Interior lighting design
  • 22. Elements of –Interior lighting design How can I see myself better in the mirror? Good lighting will allow you to see yourself more easily in the mirror when grooming or dressing. You will have good color, non glaring light, evenly distributed across your face if you: Place the fixtures on both sides of the mirror at about eye level to minimize shadows cast by your eyebrows, nose and chin. Alternatively, use a 4-foot (ft) fluorescent lighting fixture over the mirror so that some of the light reaches the sides of your face. Hide the direct view of the bulb while standing at the mirror by selecting fixtures with opaque fronts or shielding boards. Choose countertop surfaces with light colors to reflect light to the underside of your chin. Use light color finishes on walls and ceiling. Avoid fixtures located directly over your head. These fixtures make hard shadows on your face so it is difficult to apply makeup or to shave.
  • 23. Elements of –Interior lighting design How can I see myself better in the mirror? A long fixture, with a fluorescent tube behind a shielding board, located over your mirror will bounce light off light-colored walls, ceiling, and counter. The bounced light will light your face more evenly and thereby help you to see your face well without shadows. Good lighting will allow you to see yourself more easily in the mirror when grooming or dressing. You will have good color, non glaring light, evenly distributed across your face if you:
  • 24. Elements of –Interior lighting design How can I see my television or computer better? It is difficult to see your television or computer when light from your fixtures or windows is reflected from the screen into your eyes. It is also uncomfortable when you have a direct view of a bright window or fixture. You can increase the visibility of the screen and your comfort by: Using shades or blinds on your window during the day. Avoid placing the screen in front of a window. Light the room with fixtures that spread a little light over large areas of the ceiling and walls. A floor lamp that throws light upwards is a good choice.
  • 25. Elements of –Interior lighting design How can I avoid falling when I get up in the middle of the night? When your eyes are adapted to the darkness, bright lights can be uncomfortable, but you still need to avoid objects in your path, see light switches, and perhaps find things. You have several ways to improve your comfort, safety, and ability to see at night: Keep a flashlight near your bed. Use nightlights. Select a fixture to leave on all night near your bedroom that provides low light levels. Mark the path between the bed and bathroom with one or more plug-in nightlights. These are commonly available with a photo sensor that turns the light on automatically at night. Install light switches with toggles that glow in the dark. Place switches where you can reach them easily from your bed. Use a motion sensor in your hallway to the bathroom to turn on a low-brightness fixture automatically.
  • 26. Elements of –Interior lighting design Recessed wallwashers light artwork or feature on the walls. Surface mounted luminaires provide ceiling brightness and vertical illuminance.
  • 27. Elements of –Interior lighting design Task lighting increases illuminance on task, allowing ambient light levels to be lower. Direct / indirect luminaires selected and located to prevent direct and reflected glare.
  • 28. Elements of –Interior lighting design Pendant mounted direct/indirect luminaires selected and located to prevent direct and reflected glare. Undercabinet task lights increase illuminance on desks.
  • 29. Elements of –Interior lighting design How can I see better while approaching my front door at night? You want to be able to see the steps and railing and be able to insert your key into the lock quickly. You will be able to see better around your front door if you: Use contrasting colors to help you see steps and railing. If your stair treads are dark, paint the vertical portion of the stair a light color; if your wall is dark, paint the railing a light color. Shield your view of a bare bulb as you approach the door by selecting porch lights with opaque surfaces on the outward-facing surface. Be sure, however, that enough light is bounced forward so that you will be able to identify callers to your door from inside the house. Light-colored doors and walls will help bounce light forward. Be sure your fixture directs light to the doorknob, not directly to your face as you walk up the stairs Place your porch lights on both sides of the door. If you have just one light, locate it on the keyhole side of the door.
  • 30. Elements of –Interior lighting design Living Room Design features
  • 31. Elements of –Interior lighting designDesign features Living Room 1. A variety of activities occur in a living room. 2. General lighting is necessary to allow people to see faces, engage in a conversation, and watch television. 3. Task lighting should be available for reading or sewing, and accent lighting can be used to highlight artwork, plants, or any other interesting features. 4. Lights aimed toward the walls and ceilings can also make the room appear brighter than if light is directed only to the floor. 5. Bare bulbs should be hidden behind shades, features, or opaque surfaces of fixtures.
  • 32. Elements of –Interior lighting designDesign features Living Room 1. Two 4-ft long wall-mounted strip lights, each with two fluorescent tubes, mounted behind a wall valance located at least 18 inches (in.) below the ceiling, light the wall and ceiling. 2. Plug-in table and floor lamps to light the reading chairs. The bottom of the floor lamp’s shade is located at eye level when seated to minimize glare. 3. Floor lamps should be located behind and slightly to the side of the reader. 4. Adjustable downlights, recessed in the ceiling, highlight objects on the wall, and provide brightness to the space. They are installed 1 to 2 ft from the wall and aimed at the paintings and hearth. These downlights have grooved baffles,
  • 33. Elements of –Interior lighting design Living Room Increase light level by placing fixtures close to your task, or by selecting light bulbs with more lumens (look for lumens rating on the package). Use light color finishes on walls and ceilings to soften the effects of bright light sources, and to reduce shadows. Design features
  • 34. Elements of –Interior lighting design Dining Room Design features
  • 35. Elements of –Interior lighting designDesign features Dining Room 1. Good lighting in dining rooms helps people clearly see the food on the table and each other’s faces with minimum glare. 2. A dimmer adjusts the light level, allowing low levels for candlelight dinners and high levels for paperwork on the dining table. 3. Pendant fixtures light the table and provide general illumination. 4. Chandeliers can also be used as general illumination and as a decorative complement of the décor, although they can be a source of glare if the wattage is too high and they cannot be dimmed. 5. Accent lighting for artwork or any other interesting architectural features can add interest to the space.
  • 36. Elements of –Interior lighting designDesign features Dining Room 1. A pendant fixture lights both the ceiling and the table. The bowl of the pendant luminaire is translucent to minimize glare. 2. If controlled by a dimmer, look for dimmable compact fluorescent bulbs. 3. Make sure you do not see the bare bulb when seated. 4. Wall sconces are mounted 6 ft above the floor on each side of the buffet or sideboard. 5. The translucent fixture shields your view of the bulb and provides some brightness on the walls and ceiling.
  • 37. Elements of –Interior lighting designDesign features Dining Room 6. Displayed objects can be accented with a narrow beam of light from adjustable recessed downlights installed in the ceiling above. 7. Accent lighting can be achieved with adjustable recessed downlights with a 5 in. aperture. 8. Use grooved baffle trim to avoid glare. 9. Ask for 50-W PAR 20 or PAR 30 halogen floodlights or narrow floodlights if a narrower beam of light is desired. 10. Dimming controls will enable you to vary the light for each occasion.
  • 38. Elements of –Interior lighting design Dining Room Design features Avoid using clear glass light fixtures. When using extra light on objects of special interest, such as pictures, vases, etc., aim the lighting at the object, not at your face.
  • 39. Elements of –Interior lighting design Kitchen Design features
  • 40. Elements of –Interior lighting design Kitchen Design features 1. The kitchen should appear bright without glare. 2. Good lighting is needed for a variety of visual tasks, including working at the sink and stove, preparing food, and reading recipes. 3. Work areas on countertops should have extra light without shadows.
  • 41. Elements of –Interior lighting design Kitchen Design features 1. Fluorescent strip lighting fixtures are mounted on top of the cabinets since there is at least 12 to 18 in. of space from the top of the upper cabinets to the light-colored ceiling. 2. These fixtures provide glare-free general lighting by bouncing light off the ceiling. 3. For kitchens without on open cove above the cabinets, a ceiling mounted, fixture can be centered in the room. 4. Additional light over the sink and countertops should be used to avoid shadows. 5. Undercabinet fluorescent lighting fixtures, hidden from view on the underside of the upper cabinets, light the countertops. 6. A recessed downlight centered over the sink makes washing dishes and preparing food easier
  • 42. Elements of –Interior lighting design Kitchen Design features Place light fixtures over the sink, stove, countertops, and other fixed work areas. Locate these fixtures to the side and slightly in front of the position where a person would usually stand to see the task. In the kitchen, avoid having only ceiling fixtures in the center of the room that cast your shadow when you are working at a counter or sink.
  • 43. Elements of –Interior lighting design Bathroom Design features
  • 44. Elements of –Interior lighting design Bathroom Design features 1. Lighting in the bathroom should be bright, uniform and shadow free, while minimizing glare. 2. Good lighting is important for shaving,grooming, applying make up, climbing in and out showers, or reading fine print on prescription bottles. 3. Faces lighted from all sides have few shadows. 4. Skin tones and hair color appear better with light sources that offer good color rendering.
  • 45. Elements of –Interior lighting design Bathroom Design features 1. A wall-mounted 4-ft long vanity light with opaque front, open top aperture, and acrylic lenses on the bottom aperture is mounted 6 1/2 ft above the floor and extends over the lavatory and toilet. 2. The fixture bounces light off the ceiling, white countertop, and wall so all sides of the face are lighted at the mirror. 3. People can also read easily while seated on the toilet. 4. For smaller bathrooms, use a 2-ft long vanity light 5. An alternative to the valance is to use fixtures on each side of the mirror, when there is sufficient room. 6. A wet-location-rated downlight recessed in the ceiling above the tub, using a 52-W halogen bulb, adds light to the shower area, and is switched separately from the valance light. 7. When high light levels are uncomfortable in the middle of the night, the shower light alone is switched on, providing a more comfortable light level.
  • 46. Elements of –Interior lighting design Bathroom Design features 1. In the bathroom, use a shower light for good visibility. 2. Choose non-shiny vanity countertop surfaces with light colors to reflect light to the underside of your chin. 3. Light fixtures that are not wet-location-rated should be mounted at least 3 ft away from the bathtub or shower.
  • 47. Elements of –Interior lighting design Bedroom Design features
  • 48. Elements of –Interior lighting design Bedroom Design features 1. Bedrooms need a low-level ambient light for a relaxing atmosphere, with some bright areas for reading or other activities. 2. Reading lights should be flexible and glare free. 3. At least one light should be able to be switched from the bed. 4. A low-wattage nightlight plugged into an electrical outlet can improve safety when getting up at night.
  • 49. Elements of –Interior lighting design Bedroom Design features 1. A ceiling-mounted fixture with translucent acrylic diffuser provides uniform, shadow-free light when higher levels are desired throughout the bedroom. 2. For lower, more relaxing ambient light torchiere stands on the floor, directing light to the ceiling.( Integral switches allow three levels of light: one, two, or three lamps.) 3. Alternatively, a portable swing-arm compact fluorescent floor lamp with 3-way socket, provides both ambient lighting and task lighting for a chair. 4. Adjustable arm task lights mounted above the bed’s headboard make reading in bed easier. 5. They can be positioned to direct light onto reading materials without glare.
  • 50. Elements of –Interior lighting design Bedroom Design features For added safety, keep a flashlight near your bed to guide you in the dark. Install light switches with toggles that glow in the dark. Place switches where you can reach them easily from your bed.
  • 51. Elements of –Interior lighting design 1 INTERIOR DESIGN SALHOTRA DHIRAJ N.L I G H T