Direct Lighting | Ambient Lighting Techniques

Lighting Techniques

Lighting enhances the ambiance of the place. It is the deliberate application to achieve some pleasing aesthetic effect. Lighting techniques differ from purpose to purpose. For example, for lighting up of the Dining Room, the kind of lighting technique and lighting fixtures used are different from that used in lighting up Water bodies such fountains, artificial lakes etc. because each one of these places creates a whole different feel of the space.

Pendant Lighting | Direct Lighting in a Restaurant
Pendant Lighting | Direct Lighting in a Restaurant

In this article, we will discuss Direct Lighting Techniques and the lighting fixtures that are used specifically for Direct Lighting System.

Here are some of the other lighting methods apart from Direct Lighting:

  1. Direct Lighting
  2. Semi-Direct Lighting
  3. Indirect Lighting
  4. Concealed Lighting
  5. Semi-concealed Lighting

Dining Lighting makes use of Concealed Lighting, Semi-concealed Lighting, Direct and Indirect Lighting System.

Task Lighting makes use of Direct Lighting system.

Underwater Lighting makes use of Diffused Lighting system.

Spot Lighting is complete different system of Lighting but since it has focussed illumination, it can fall under the category of Direct Lighting.

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Semi-Direct Lighting | Ambient Lighting Techniques

Semi-Direct Lighting Design

Semi-Direct Lighting is the kind of lighting provided from a source without reflection from other surfaces.

In daylighting, this means that the light has travelled on a straight path from the sun to the point of interest.

In electrical lighting it usually describes an installation of ceiling mounted or suspended luminaires with mostly downward light distribution characteristics.

Semi-direct Lighting Techniques
Semi-direct Lighting Techniques

Types of Lighting

One of the primary functions of a luminaire is to direct the light to where it is needed. The light distribution produced by luminaires is characterized by the Illuminating Engineering Society as follows:

  • Direct Lighting ( 90 to 100 percent of the light is directed downward for maximum use.
  • Indirect Lighting( 90 to 100 percent of the light is directed to the ceilings and upper walls and is reflected to all parts of a room.
  • Semi-Direct Lighting( 60 to 90 percent of the light is directed downward with the remainder directed upward.
  • Semi-indirect Lighting ( 60 to 90 percent of the light is directed upward with the remainder directed downward.
  • Highlighting Lighting( the beam projection distance and focusing ability characterize this luminaire)

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Task Lighting | Art of illumination

Lighting or illumination is done to achieve some ambient and aesthetic effect. Lighting enhances the beauty of the structure. The kind of lighting to be done depends on the kind of space.

Lighting done to illuminate the interiors and enhance the aesthetics is different from the lighting done in the exteriors, it could be done to illuminate the external facade of the building or to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the landscape at night.

Task Lighting
Task Lighting

Lighting can be classified into various different methods of lighting. It can be broadly classified as :

  1. Direct Lighting
  2. Indirect Lighting
  3. Concealed lighting
  4. Semi-concealed lighting

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Ambient Lighting Techniques | Art Of Illumination

The dining room of today is rarely used just for entertaining and formal dining.

Most often the dining table doubles as a work zone for homework or projects, meetings and crafts, and last, but not least as a gathering place for family and friends.

Dining room lighting
Dining room lighting

A place where everyone can unwind over a good meal and enjoy each other’s company.
You need flexibility in your dining room lighting scheme in order to create the right setting for different occasions.

Study of Dining lighting is important so as to create a soothing environment where you can modify the lighting systems according to your mood.

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Dining lighting | The Art of Illumination

Lights not only illuminate a dining room, but can be used for accentuating its certain aspects also.

Lighting plays a very important role in the overall décor of a dining room. It can make even a simple room look very much attractive, cheerful and welcoming. While suitable dining room lights can leave a great impression, harsh ones can make the ambience look very imposing. So, make sure to choose the correct type of lighting for your dining room, keeping the necessary tips in mind.

Here are some of the Dining lighting fixtures that can be used to enhance the ambience of a Dining room:

Dining room light fixtures

Sconce Lights

Sconce lights are a unique type of wall light which is designed to create focused illumination.

They can be used in a dining room to create a low level of light and to spotlight specific objects or areas in the room that you want to stand out. Sconce lights do protrude from the wall so they should be mounted at around 72 inches from the floor.

Sconce lights
Sconce lights

They also need to match the general décor of the dining room so they don’t stand out.

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