Five ways lighting can enhance interior design

posted on Wednesday, 21st May 2014 by Phillip Pini

Lighting  Lighting Design 

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Since the opening of our new Crestron showroom at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour (pictured above), we have been inundated with people wanting to learn more about incorporating technology into their homes without being overpowered by it – whether interior designers or clients looking for their own projects. The concept of a showroom demonstrating how to incorporate technology into traditional interior design was new to DCCH, but judging by the traffic, it has been hugely welcomed and embraced by London’s design community. So will advanced lighting technology help you transform your next interior design project? Here are five reasons why we think it can...

Consider your lighting scheme before you decorate…
All rooms need lighting, whether it is practical lighting in a kitchen or bathroom or ambient lighting to set a particular mood. The lighting scheme should be considered before decorating as you need to think about where the lights will go, if you need to install cables, and how each light will complement each other and interact with the surfaces and fabrics in the room.

More often than not, the first thing visitors remark upon when they enter the showroom are the flickering LED candles, tucked away under the impressive television screen in our custom-built furniture (pictured below). This may seem quite insignificant amongst all the tech installed here, but this interest really highlights just how important lighting can be. The fact that the array of twinkling candles is Crestron-controlled delights and amazes in equal measure.

Crestron Candles

Understand colour temperature…
One of the most important things that link lighting and interior design is colour temperature. Sources that produce a cool (white/blue) light are said to have high colour temperature, compared to sources which have a warm (white/yellow) light have a low colour temperature. Knowing how these differing temperatures affect colour will help you decide when and when to use them. Using warm coloured temperatures will make reds and peaches look better, whereas blues and greens will look better under a cool temperature.

Use lighting to dynamically change the mood…
Lighting is the best tool for creating a mood and ambience. You can’t change your décor everyday but different lighting scenes can change the feel of a room from hour-to-hour. In the living room you may need a range of different lighting pre-sets for different areas and scenarios: low lighting for watching television, spotlights for reading and enough light to fill the space when having friends over. You may choose to use decorative lighting in these spaces - such as chandeliers or wall sconces - designed to appear as if they illuminate the whole room, when in reality, general and task lighting is providing most of the light.

Embrace LED and reduce costs…
LED lighting is an important advancement in lighting for the home and is rapidly becoming the standard for new builds and renovations. You can now achieve a much better quality of light with varying colour temperatures with LED over traditional light sources. By using lighting control, you can also reduce the amount of energy that is wasted by lighting unoccupied spaces as well as being able to create decorative and interesting lighting scenes that change throughout the day.

Living Room

Think Smart, couple lighting to sensory controls
When LED controls are integrated with sensory controls, you can create a daylight harvesting solution that automatically optimises light levels throughout the day with no adverse impact on the comfort of users within the room. Ideally, dimming with LEDs provides an incandescent-like performance such smoothly dimming down to the lowest possible spec without any flickering. Dimmers should also allow for shifts in colour temperature enhance ambiance and user comfort. 

 

Phillip Pini

Phil has been at Crestron since 2010 where he works alongside interior designers, developers and house-builders on the best home technology systems that can be integrated into both new and retrofit projects. A self-confessed engineering nut with an MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Phil's technical knowledge is second to none...

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