The Psychology of Light

Light plays an integral role in our visual environment; and in every designed space it is important to be conscious of the location, and the placement of the light source. There is also much more to lighting design than just choosing “wow-factor” fixtures to complete a space. Here are just some characteristics we review and consider prior to finalizing lighting choices….

FUNCTIONALITY…

Before specifying anything, it is important to understand how the space is going to be used and occupied. Having this forethought will create an illuminated space that will function properly or evoke a specific mood.

DIRECTION…

Directional or focused lighting can direct flow through a space, help with tasks, and emphasize an object or area. There are three main lighting principles we always use to help guide us through a project: General, Task, and Accent. General lighting provides the overall illumination of the space, task lighting illuminates areas where tasks or work are performed, and accent lighting highlights specific areas such as artwork or unique pieces of furniture that you’d like to showcase.

COLOR MANAGEMENT…

Different types of light can completely change the color and alter the mood in a space. We often hear of “Color Temperature” such as Kelvin, Foot-candle, or Lumens. The color of the lighting is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) which ranges from 1,000 to 10,000. Traditionally residential lighting Kelvin (K) temperatures fall somewhere between 2700K to 3500K. 2700K is the most commonly used color, commonly called warm white and 3500K is closer to daylight. Foot-candles and lumens follow very closely. One lumen per square foot equals one foot-candle, hope you’re getting the picture, I mean seeing the light…