Lighting Design

LED LIGHT SOURCES AUSTRALIA

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DESIGNING WITH LIGHT

Without the proper training, few people realize the effect that lighting brings to a space. Lighting can soothe, create drama or provide illumination for performing tasks. Also called architecture’s 4th dimension, light can create depth in a space, add drama or highlight an area filled with precious objects. We are a species that’s become very sensitive to the light that surrounds us, and respond automatically to lighting that creates a mood.

In choosing lighting it’s important to know also how it colors a space. Low lighting can be very relaxing while listening to music, enjoying a bath, or a candlelit dinner. Brightness however, is the most important aspect of lighting design.

Bright lighting can make a room seem more energetic, i.e. in a kitchen or recreation room, setting a positive mood and allowing tasks to be performed with ease. The warmer the color, the more life it communicates. Fluorescents tend to be cooler, more suitable to workrooms or workout rooms. LED’s come in all colors, so choose carefully and consult the dealer to learn its color effects.

 

Australian Standard Lux Levels

Australia has established a set of standards that enforce minimum brightness levels for a range of settings. Below we show types of down lights and their spacing requirements to meet the standards and bring the right lighting to your spaces. LED LIGHT SOURCES, AUSTRALIA advises the following lux levels for both residential and commercial spaces. All residential recommendations are only suggestions as there are no Australian standards dictating light levels in homes. However, all commercial recommendations are in accordance with the Australian Standards Lux Levels (AS 1680 series) for commercial settings.

*Lux Level measures the light intensity falling on a surface. One lux is equal to one lumen per square meter. For more information see Lighting Terms below.

** No luminaries should be nearer than 2m to the walls.

Types of Lighting

  • General Lighting
  • Indirect Lighting
  • Direct Lighting
  • Task Lighting
  • Accent Lighting
  • Projection Lighting
  • Orientation Lighting
  • Wash Lighting

 

General lighting

Common to horizontal spaces, general lighting produces an even distribution of illumination. It can be a lighting fixture in a ceiling or a table lamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indirect lighting

Is light provided by reflecting light off a surface, which diffuses and produces a uniform distribution of light, reducing shadowing. Indirect lighting makes rooms appear brighter and more spacious. Very appropriate for lighting vertical surfaces such as pictures and bookshelves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct lighting

Making it useful for specific areas, direct lighting sheds 90 to 100 per cent of its light in one direction (typically down) to the surface that needs to be illuminated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Task lighting

Brighter than others, task lighting is generally used for specific purposes that require that brightness. Hospital surgeries need brighter lighting than libraries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accent lighting

Is used to highlight objects in a space to call attention to them. Particularly helpful in jewelry stores and other areas where objects are on display.

 

 

 

 

 

Projection lighting

Installed when calling attention to signs, patterns and images, typically on walls. Also becomes decorative in places where art is featured.

 

 

 

 

Orientation lighting

Often used on garden walkways, theatre steps and dark areas where minimal light is required. Small lights and LED’s are particularly in demand for these venues.

 

 

 

 

Wash lighting

Calling for special notice, wash lights will illuminate special architectural features, objets d’art or wall treatment. Museums and large public areas benefit from their affect.