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The Power of Lighting

How the Right Illuminations Can Enhance User Experiences and Well-Being.

Lighting is an essential part of any indoor environment, and it's important to consider how certain types of lighting can affect user experiences and overall well-being.

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Poor lighting in indoor spaces can lead to a range of issues, such as headaches, eye strain, and fatigue. Although the impact of lighting on health may not seem obvious at first, research shows that it can have a profound effect. This post will discuss the importance of considering appropriate lighting in interior environments and provide best practices for selecting the right type of product to create a comfortable space and affective atmosphere.

From homes to workplaces - an appropriate amount and type of lighting is essential for both comfort and better health. Poorly lit environments can cause physical discomfort and it's important for designers to understand the impact of their design's lighting on the end-users well-being and how to find effective ways to make their spaces more welcoming through suitable light sources.


Lighting Source: Why Is It So Important?

Different types of light sources are available on the market today with various characteristics that meet different needs. Due to its ability to reduce tension while boosting alertness and productivity, natural light is considered one of the most beneficial sources. LED lighting also provides many benefits including lower energy consumption, conformability to dimmers/switches, vibrant colours for enhanced visuals (like art galleries or special events), etc. As special requirements arise, there are different types of products that can meet expectations accordingly. It is understanding which ones make the most sense and can fit your project well, that requires the most time and effort. And one cannot do this without understanding the notable effects different light schemes can have.

Studies have shown that varying degrees of brightness through many different light sources can affect our physiological state; inducing relaxation or stimulation. This can result in an improved mood as well as healthier sleeping patterns, contributing to an overall better quality of spatial experience. Specialized technologies applied during the manufacturing process can help to ensure certain specifications adhere accurately regarding luminosity, colour temperature accuracy, etc. This ensures users can enjoy natural-looking results that replicate sunlight without compromising on safety standards.

Types of Lighting: Planning the mood you want to set.

Careful planning when addressing lighting needs can pay huge dividends. Evaluate all options carefully before selecting product types that meet your specific requirements. Start by measuring your room size and height accurately, and be sure to take into account desired functions such as; general illumination vs. task lighting vs. indirect lighting vs uplighting, placement and quantity.

Lighting can also produce a significant impact on the reaction to a space, which can affect the visitor's overall encounter. For example, the lighting design of a restaurant plays a crucial role in creating the overall atmosphere. A high-end restaurant seeks to provide and produce a luxurious dining experience which cannot be complete without a sophisticated, and elegant atmosphere. The design should reflect this by using soft, and dimmable lighting, that only aims to enhance the environment with task or picture lighting. Take one of Toronto's newer restaurants, VELA by Partisans Architects for example. A masterclass in creating experiences through lighting, VELA features undulating curves with recessed LED strips that elevate the feelings and impressions of the diner. Providing the majority of lighting in the space, the recessed strips are certainly the star of the show. Working with and alongside intentionally laid pot lights and some undercabinet lighting, VELA's atmosphere encourages diners to sit, enjoy, and stay a while.

On the other hand, fast-food dining experiences will do the exact opposite. Utilizing brighter, and colder lights, spaces like McDonald's or Tim Hortons will always have a purposefully bright space. As it's in the very name of the cuisine, the intention of fast food is quick and reliable; they never want you to stay for too long.

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All in all, successfully lit environments focus on two main aspects - one being design aesthetics, a feature followed closely by functionality. To provide the proper atmosphere, one must always be aware of the power lighting carries and use it strategically.


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