Before electricity light basically came from the sun, fires and candles. To keep us comfortable, we take cues from natural light when putting together a lighting plan. The principle is pretty simple to follow so the next time you’re in a room where the lighting seems off (or you can’t see…) one of these tips could likely solve the problem.
It’s easier to work with the bright light from the sun – which is why we like a lot of ambient light, usually from above, in rooms where people move around as they work: kitchens, craft rooms, offices, work shops.
We gravitate towards the warmth and security of a fireplace. Glowing lamps provide exactly the same effect.
Candles provide flexibility for lighting targeted areas: wall sconces for vanity mirrors (one for each side is best), reading lamps, architectural accent lighting and lighting for art and objects. Just like candles, a few of them dimmed to lower levels make a room feel quiet and intimate.
LED light bulbs emit the same soft light as incandescent bulbs and are available in the same colour temperatures that we are used to. Until we started our relationship with Philips we didn’t realise just how many different LED bulbs were available from candles, to globes and more.