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Designing with Light

The majority of the information that we receive
about the world around us comes through our

Light is not only an essential prerequisite, it is
the medium by which we are able to seethe medium by which we are able to see.

Through its intensity, the way it is distributed
and through its properties, light creates specific
conditions which can influence our perception.
Lighting design is, in fact, the planning of our
visual environment.

Good lighting design aims to create
perceptual conditions which allow us to
work effectively and orient ourselves safely


while promoting a feeling of well-being in a
particular environment.

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Designing with Light

• Light plays a central role in the design of a visual environment.
Th hit t l d bj t ll d i ibl b th• The architecture, people and objects are all made visible by the

• Light influences our well-being, the aesthetic effect and the mood of
a room or area.

• It is light that first enables “what you see”.

Our perception of architecture will be influenced by light:
– Light defines zones and boundaries,Light defines zones and boundaries,
– Light expands and accentuates rooms,
– Light creates links and delineates one area from another.


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Emphasizing Architectural Features

• The illumination of architectural details
draws attention away from the room as
a whole towards individuala whole towards individual

• Columns appear as silhouettes in front
of an illuminated wall.

walls lit with grazing fixtures


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Emphasizing Architectural Features

• Rooms can be given a visual structure
by illuminating the architectural

• Narrow-beam downlights emphasizing
the form of the columns.

columns lit with grazing fixtures


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Psychological Impressions Of Color

Warm colors tend to advance Cool colors tend to recede


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Psychological Impressions Of Color
U i d l f K d Fill li ht t l i f h d d th f bj tUsing warm and cool sources for Key and Fill light not only increases sense of shape and depth of an object,
but assist with defining direction of light

Cool Light And Warm Shade:g

Color also can provide
information about an object's
dimensions and depth.

Our visual system assumes the
light comes from above, we rely
on our visual experience with
nature to explain direction of

“visual experience tells us
warm light comes from the
interior illumination a coolerinterior illumination, a cooler
light source comes from
nature – daylight at day,
moonlight at night”


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