Indirect Lighting FAQS
What is indirect lighting?
It is a form of lighting whereby one cannot see the light bulbs directly. Indirect light often emanates from near or off of the ceiling - sometimes in ledges, valances, or horizontal recesses on the upper wall or in the ceiling itself or from a fixture that directs the light up toward the ceiling.
What is the function of indirect lighting?
It can provide most or all of the general lighting in a space or it can be purely aesthetic in nature by providing only some of the needed light for a space - sometimes in color.
What are the aesthetics of indirect lighting?
It often provides a soft, warm feel to an architectural space. Light from the indirect light fixtures is generally directed upward and is distributed over the ceiling and/or the upper wall of a room. The reflected light off the ceiling usually provides very even and pleasant light throughout the room. It creates comfortable ambient light that helps to balance the space. Most people have a very positive reaction to settings where indirect lighting fixtures are present. Sometimes indirect lighting can offer opportunities to be a little creative and make an aesthetic statement. This can be especially true if the indirect lighting fixtures provide colored light.
What types of light sources can used?
Xenon lamps (light bulbs), fluorescent lamps, or LEDs. These light sources can provide a good deal of light, a modest amount of light, or sometimes just a hint of light depending on the needs of the space or the desires of the lighting designer. Xenon, LEDs, and some indirect fluorescent light fixtures can be controlled by a dimmer switch. Fluorescent lamps and LEDs are both capable of providing colored light if that is desirable. Fluorescent lamps and LEDs use electricity very efficiently in providing a given amount of light.
Where can indirect lighting be used?
Very successfully in a great many locations: art galleries, bars, bathrooms, bedrooms, casinos, churches, conference rooms, dining rooms, game rooms, hallways, hotel rooms, kitchens, libraries, living rooms, museums, offices, restaurants, and retail stores. All of the aforementioned benefits that come from indirect light fixtures allow them to mesh well with so many different settings.
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