Lights, Camera…….Action

Well lights for now……. Getting lighting right makes a space. Its a difficult task to get right, but the control, flexibility and consistency that an automation system adds, helps with fine tuning. There is a bathroom2bewildering range of ways to provide illumination and the reasons for doing it. From functionality and working light levels to aesthetic background lighting.

The quantity, quality and coverage of lights varies with each room and the tasks performed. Light fittings are personal choice and in keeping with the decor of the home or business space, but careful thought must be given to illumination output. If you focus on:

  • Task Lighting – bright enough and focused on the areas where you actually need it.
  • Ambient Lighting – dimmed and indirect light illuminate a room to a lower level providing the feeling of warmth and comfort.
  • Fun & Mood Lighting – Changing the colour and “temperature” of the light quickly change the feeling or mood of a room. The also add the Wow factor…

Spot, down and strip lighting all provide directed illumination. Careful placement should be considered to minimise on cast shadows. Lamps, uplights LED Feature Lightingand recessed lighting provide a softer, even cast light. LED strip can be placed where many traditional lights can not. Direct and indirect lighting can be used for task, ambient and mood lighting. By using RGBW (Red, Green, Blue and White) channel, precise colours, shades and temperatures of illumination can be achieved to great effect. This single strip mounted inside the correct profile with diffusers becomes extremely versatile method of lighting. All of the lighting types mentioned above, when controlled by an automation system provides exacting and more importantly repeatable recall of desired illumination for a given use of the room.

Taken from the theatrical environment, the use of Scenes allows for preset lights, levels and colours to be switched with a single button press. All rooms will have one scene, and probably no more than four or five. Simply count the lights in your lounge for example and chances are you only switch them on in 2 or 3 different ways.

Gone are the days of simply choosing 40, 60 or 80 Watt bulbs. As these power hungry lamps are phased out, compact fluorescents forgotten about, the LED lamp has taken over. Table_Coloursv2There is now more to consider, the new lamp power, its equivalent filament power and now the temperature of the light. Confused? Many are. Measured in Kelvin, the traditional filiment sits at the 3000Kelvin range and its this warm orange glow that provides the warm cosy feeling in homes. Moving up the range the light passes through brighter white to a “bluer” daylight. The use of these lights should be minimised de to their “clinical” feel.

Having a good mix and a form of precise control will help get the light levels right every time.

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