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When it comes to landscape design, incorporating lighting is one of the best ways to highlight certain aspects of your landscape while also making sure to create a safe path for your family and visitors. So, what are some of the important factors to keep in mind when looking to add or upgrade your landscape lighting?
First and foremost while most landscape lighting today is very low voltage, making it safer and easier to install, you should still look to work with a reputable landscape design & maintenance company. Not only will they take any guesswork out of the lighting installation they can also help you to decide what types of lighting will work best for certain areas. And they can also help to adapt or upgrade any existing landscape lighting to reflect any updates in lighting design since you first purchased and installed your system.
Things To Keep In Mind
- What exterior objects or spaces do you want to light?
- What are the most appropriate lighting techniques to bring your lighting design to life?
- Will the lighting fixtures you have chosen be able to create the desired lighting effect you have in mind?
- What does the power supply look like?
When it comes to lighting techniques there are various different techniques that can be used. Such lighting techniques include:
Accent/Spot – Technique where a controlled intense beam is focused on highlighting landscape focal points
Grazing – This is where light is positioned pointing or illuminating a unique or interesting surface. It works the best on textured surfaces and helps to bring out the detail in the texture of the surface.
Shadowing – This technique is used to light the object from below & the front to help create a shadowing effect.
Silhouetting – A technique that involves concealed lighting that creates a beautiful contrast between the light and the object being illuminated.
These are just some of the many lighting techniques that can be incorporated into landscape lighting design. Working with a landscaping professional will allow you to choose the bay design plan for your home. Exterior landscape lighting not only adds curb appeal but also improves your home’s overall appearance and landscaping too!
Philips hue offers a wide range of smart light bulbs, lamps, fixtures, and accessories for the living room, kitchen, bathrooms, and your backyard. The different Hue lights offer perfect & sophisticated lighting for all areas of your home or business. With a solid reputation for bringing a smarter type of lighting to your space, a new introduction to the line of lights includes light sensors and switches that can help to light your home smarter.
In fact, one of 2021’s best-rated smart floodlights is the Philips Hue BR30 Flood Light bulb. There are not many options when it comes to smart LED bulbs for floodlights although more and more options are beginning to become available on the market. Philips Hue decided to step into the market and try their hand at providing their own version of a smart LED floodlight. They truly succeeded with their regular size smart LED lightbulb that utilizes both Zigbee & Bluetooth. Now allowing you to completely skip the Hue Bridge and pair your floodlight directly with your smartphone, Alexa or Google Assistant! The bulb provides bright & efficient light, it’s affordable and when paired with the Philips Hue platform virtually works with anything.
What is Zigbee?
Many are familiar with Bluetooth when it comes to something that utilizes smart technology but are not too familiar with Zigbee. Zigbee is a wireless technology designed to carry small amounts of data over a short distance while also consuming very little power. This wireless technology has helped to revolutionize the smart LED bulb market and allow Philips Hue to bring to you one of the top-rated smart LED floodlights of2021. Don’t believe us? Try a Philips Hue BR30 Floodlight and let us know your thoughts. We believe you will be a fan of both the Philips Hue floodlight & Zigbee technology for smart bulbs. The convenience and ease are unbeatable.
Light plays an important role in how we perceive & view the world around us. It helps us to interpret how we see the space we are in and also helps to determine how we behave in that space. Lighting can affect your performance, morale, mood, sense of safety/security, and even your decisions that you make. Once you begin to understand the role that lighting plays in any space you are in, you are ready to learn the basic strategies of light design.
The Light Design Process
The very first step when beginning any light design project is to ask yourself; What is the space used for? This will help to determine everything from the quality of light to the brightness, color quality, and even direction of the lighting. From there you can approach light design in one of 3 ways depending on the project at hand.
Simple Strategy: The light must provide ambient illumination for any basic tasks that must be performed in the space. Task illumination should be put in place for more demanding of tasks and lastly accent illumination to highlight any special objects or areas of interest.
Standard Strategy: The standard approach focuses on providing general/task illumination to provide uniform level light for the most general & basic of tasks/needs.
Sophisticated Strategy: Focusing mostly on task & accent illumination, this strategy also utilizes light as a form of art to help deliver the desired effect to anyone who is within that space.
How the lighting is controlled once the design is in place makes all the difference as well. Light design also utilizes control techniques such as:
- Fill Light
- Sparkle & Glitter Effect
These are just the very basics of light design with strategies & design implementation getting a little more advanced and complicated the deeper you get into it. One thing is for certain, however, light design when executed properly and with a strategic & measured effect can without a doubt transform a space & evoke a certain feeling or vibe to all its occupants.
Architectural lighting effectively utilizes lighting & lighting fixtures throughout the space to enhance the design elements of the structure and also to ensure the best lighting within the space. Helping to create an atmosphere and ambiance. Generally, when it comes to architectural lighting there are 3 most common types of lighting, cove, soffit, and valance. However, honeycomb lighting has also become a lighting design staple that not only enhances the lighting within the space it also allows for many photography benefits and is incredible when placed in high-end automotive customization shops.
Hyer Quality Detail, high-end paint protection & automotive customization shop based in Tempe, Az, recently added honeycomb lighting to their automotive space and the results have been fantastic. Not only does the grid style lighting structure lend architectural design to the shop it also allows for the perfect lighting to see and take pictures of the incredible paint protection services, variant wheels, headlight customization services they offer. So what exactly is honeycomb lighting and what are its effects?
Honeycomb lighting gets its name because of its tight grid structure that resembles the honeycombs made by honeybees. The light shines through the grid creating a tight beam of light that is aimed to create a focused beam with very little diffusion. The size of the grid also dictates the tightness of the light beam. There are also honeycomb grids that can be attached to the flash of a camera to better distribute and create the right light when taking a photo. Basically, the honeycomb lighting within Hyer Quality Detail allows for tight direct light to hit the finished vehicles resulting in a brilliance beyond compare. And while this lighting feature didn’t come cheap the added value it has brought to their business and to the finished products their clients see definitely makes the purchase worth it and a pretty sound investment!
As far as the most common form of architectural lighting goes here is a little breakdown on the trio most commonly used in architectural design.
Cove Lighting- this lighting is located in a ledge, shelf, or recess high up on a wall. The light projected is bounced toward the ceiling or upper wall.
Soffit Lighting- This lighting is located in the soffit or cornice near the ceiling. The light is aimed to radiate downwards washing the wall in light.
Valance Lighting- this lighting comes in the form of a wood, metal, or glass horizontal shield. Valance lighting tends to be mounted above a window or high up on a wall with lighting bouncing up and down. This bouncing liht technique is known as indirect lighting and is favored by most lighting design professionals. Indirect light minimizes shadow & glare which makes it the most used architectural lighting in terms of ambient lighting.
Looking to improve the lighting within your space but want a quick DIY strategy? We offer some great tips that help to upgrade the lighting within your space as well as potentially saving money while doing so! Read on to find out our expert DIY lighting tips!
Marry The Ketchup-
Or well in this case light bulbs! Unifying your light bulbs seems perhaps like a bit of a mundane task but it can actually help to improve your lighting making it more effective! Change out any mismatched bulbs and opt to use the same LED bulbs throughout your space instead of older compact fluorescent bulbs. When you have different lighting colors & temperatures you are not effectively lighting your space at all!
Go LED…BUT…Pick The Right LED-
LED bulbs are indeed energy efficient and the best bulb upgrade there is. But remember that you get what you pay for and that is indeed true when it comes to light bulbs, LEDs, or not. Top lighting designers recommend that you use LED bulbs with warmth between 2500k-2700k. This range mimics daylight the best while offering a bit warmer lighting.
Yep, that’s right when it comes to lighting layers are better. It is recommended that you aim for at least 2 layers of lighting. Meaning any overhead lights that are typically found in the kitchen or bathroom are considered the first layer of light. The second layer is any table lamps, floor light, or any other accent lighting.
Candles are a great way not only to incorporate soft lighting into your space but to also add a little bit of scent. Keep in mind that candles are not appropriate for every space and that it must fit the atmosphere and the environment.
Wall sconces are a great way to add definitive light while also adding a bit of decoration & design to your space. The wall sconces must fit your space & the lighting emitted from them must also work. However, if wall sconces will work well for your area they are a great way to upgrade your lighting and space.
Do a little due diligence before you begin any home lighting project. And should you have to make any alterations to electrical wires or outlets it is best not to attempt these jobs yourself but rather call in an experienced electrician!
Artificial lighting plays an important role in the way that people view & understand architecture. Whether it’s natural or artificial light, both bring emotion to the structure & design, and without light, we wouldn’t have the same effect.
3 Key Aspects Of Architectural Light
The light incorporated within architecture helps draw attention to a structure’s textures, colors, forms, and overall design. And let’s not forget light does not only play a huge role in design but also in creating the space one is in. If natural lighting isn’t incorporated right or not taken into account, a building can have a tough time with internal cooling & heating issues. That being said, what are the most important aspects to consider when choosing or incorporating architectural lighting within your space.
While the placement of lighting and the amount of light is important when it comes to design. Functionality is just as important. The lighting within your space sets the mood and also illuminates the space so that it is navigable & safe. Occupants need to be able to see the floor clear and the walls should always be illuminated. It is possible to display a building architectural design but also make it functional.
The efficiency in your lighting incorporation is very important, especially with sustainability & green builds being highly sought after. Placing lighting so that it is efficient as possible & can utilize energy-efficient materials or even solar power!
This is where you are able to focus on the emotional impact you are wishing to evoke in people. Ask yourself “How do I want people to feel when they enter this space?” Retail locations are especially important. You want the light to draw consumers in, once inside you want to create a relaxing atmosphere yet show off your product at the same time. Restaurants, massage parlors, salons, etc, all rely heavily on lighting to help with their overall appeal.
Take time to ask yourself a few questions and keep these key factors in mind when choosing your architectural lighting and you are on your way to the perfect lighting for your space & to showcase it’s ensign highlights & elements.
Getting the proper lighting for your facility matters. They prevent higher bills, and at the same time make sure that you are comfortable. Proper lighting will save you money on the bills allowing you to control the lighting automatically or manually. If there are certain kinds of sensors, you can save as much as 30 percent of energy, and in a business, that matters a lot. You can call it a profit.
Basic Lighting Controls
As the name says, they are the basic control switches. They are manual, and to control the lighting, they come with manual control switches that you can turn on/off. You have to do it yourself, and turn them off every time you don’t require them. Furthermore, use energy-efficient lights like LEDs, and CFLs. You will see a lot of differences that will reflect in your final bills.
This kind of system allows you to adjust the lighting to either off, or set it to a setting. They are more advanced than the basic form of lighting. It uses less electricity than the switch. Since they will use less energy, the cost of your bill will be lesser than the LED light bulbs, and if you remember to use the proper setting, and at times turn it off when not required, you will be able to save a lot.
Motion Sensors for Outdoor Lighting
There is some lighting that needs to be on all the time, but there are ways around it. Outdoor lighting and security lighting is one such example. If you want to save money, you must install motion sensors on your outdoor lights. They are only required at night, and the sensors will activate every time anyone comes in the area. This way it will be the light will turn on when there is movement, and turn off after certain minutes without motion.
Occupancy Sensors for Indoor Lighting
This is similar to outdoor lighting, except that it is installed in a room. Occupancy sensors turn on the light in a room as soon as someone walks in a room, and goes off when there is no movement. You can sue this for bathrooms, break rooms or conference rooms.
Networked Lighting Control Systems
This is the most advanced lighting system. It will allow you to control the lighting from your devices. This can be your handheld devices or computers where the lighting software is contained. It is a networked system that allows the operators to turn on/off the lights, set timers, and control the lights. They can also utilize the data, and monitor energy use.
In any establishment, lighting is very important, but when it comes to conservation, everything is important. You also have certain responsibilities which you have to do. Depending on the lighting, you have to make sure that you have adequate lighting, and it is off when it is not required. Small, and simple steps will save you a lot of energy, and money in the bills.
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