Ambient lighting is the natural light of the space through which a person can move in the room. Sometimes it is also referred to as the mood lighting as it affects the overall look of the room and the pupil of the eye is also affected through it. In a room, ambient lighting is layered with accent lighting and task lightings to make the room look complete and also to achieve the desired result.
Here are 10 ways through which ambient and enough lighting can be achieved for any space.
1. Utilization of natural lighting
There are lots of advantages of natural lighting in a space and utilizing it properly is a great source of ambient lighting of a space and also makes space look bigger during the daytime. Using natural lighting will also be great for physical and mental well being and the interior opens up itself.
2. Exposing the room to allow natural light in
It is always a good option to enlarge the openings on the sides of sunrise, sunset, and sun path to allow the maximum entry of natural light. In high altitudes giving a large opening will also allow the flow of scenic beauty to the interiors and be a part of it. It also helps the room to look bigger and the value increases.
3. Reflect natural light inside the room
The more you reflect the light the more it lights up space. Natural light can be reflected through reflectors over the window or through shiny polished surfaces. The reflected light sometimes increases the heat of the place in which it is falling which may damage the surface overtime too, but the reflected light is fully free of glare and is a perfect ambient light too.
4. Painting the interior white
White is a color that reflects all the light falling on it. It easily fits with all types of ambient lights in the interior space and also gets enhanced when sunlight enters the room. White color is also a great color to use in the interior as it has many psychological benefits and also enhances the quality of space. In some regions due to pollution and several other factors, white color is hard to maintain for a long period.
5. Using mirror at interior
The mirror can be used in the interior as furniture for decoration. The ambient light gets reflected from the mirror too, so properly using a mirror can cut down the electricity cost and enhance the quality of space. Mirror also helps the space to look bigger.
6. Use recessed light
Recessed lighting is a good option to do ambient lighting in the room as it produces more flatter light and covers a wide space. The placement of recessed lights depends on the height of the room and the extent it covers. While placing one must look after that no place must be left blank as it may create dark zones or very bright zones than required.
7. Use dimmers and create zones
Dimmers are also great to create ambient lighting, as it helps in the creation of zones. Every zone in a room requires a different amount of light depending on its level of activity and the age of the person using it. It also helps to enhance the mood of the user too.
8. Experiment with color, texture, and materials
The temperature of the color of components in the interior plays an important role in making the ambient light works. The shiny texture and material of the furniture and surfaces play a role in reflecting the light, creating the required ambiance inside the room.
9. Experiment with different types of lighting components
Lighting through chandeliers and pendant lights hanging from the ceiling, wall sconces and flush or close-to-ceiling light fixtures on the wall, recessed lights, etc helps in ambient lighting in a room. Playing with these components and other factors results in ambient lighting in the room.
10. Carefully adjust the energy level of space
All spaces have different activities and purposes, so it’s important to set the energy level through the ambient lighting of the spaces. The energy level depends on the age of the user, the activity, and the time for space being used. For example, office space, in general, must have 250-500 lux of lighting for the workers so that they don’t get eye strain.
Ambient lighting is the most important part of the lighting of a room. With the development of sensors and utilizing IoT in the lighting systems, it has helped to save energy and also enables to maintain standard lighting throughout the day in spaces where a person works most of the day. The future of ambient lighting of a space lies in smart and interactive lightings developed with multiple LEDs through Ambient Intelligence (AmI).