New lighting technology is making it easier to automate our daily lives, create interior design experiences, and improve our wellbeing. Considering just how important lighting is in interior design (remember, we spend 87% of our time indoors), we asked Simon Electric for five tips about lighting interiors. Make a note of them for your future projects:
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- Well-lighted spaces don’t necessarily have a lot of light. We should adjust the light flow depending on the activity we are doing in a particular space, the time of day, and the amount of natural light available.
- How we light offices and other workplaces has changed. In the past, we only worked with paper, which meant it was necessary to light the horizontal plane. Now that we have computers and we spend most of our time looking at a screen, we should also consider the vertical plane.
- A good balance between vertical and horizontal lighting. Avoid having light directly hit your computer screen so that there’s no ‘veil effect’, which can cause visual fatigue and force us to strain our eyes in order to focus them. It’s also not a good idea to sit where natural light can directly hit our face so that we aren’t bothered by glare.
- Think about the colour of the lighting. Warm lighting (2700K-3000K) is recommended for rest and is therefore ideal for the dining area and bedrooms. Cool lighting (4000K) is better for rooms in which tasks will be carried out, such as the kitchen, bathroom, home office, and study areas.
- Improve concentration by up to 10% with the right lighting. Choose blue-toned lighting if you want to focus, as studies have shown that 4000K lights improve your ability to concentrate.
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