• Andrea Gillard

Light up your World

Light in any space is essential. It can range from stark florescent strip-lights right through to natural candlelight.

How you want the feel of a room to be, ultimately relies on what form of illumination you choose.

Have you ever walked into a room for the very first time and thought, “this is cold!” even though the temperature is perfect or, on the other hand, entered a place and it’s as if you’re sinking into a relaxing warm bath? It’s probably more as a result of the chosen lighting as opposed to anything else. The fabulous lighting at Auakt (cover picture) is a perfect example of atmospheric lighting.

The lighting I created in the elegant bar I designed (below) at Lavang were to enhance the individual aspects of the walnut wall, the back bar, with soft semi-flush ceiling lights to welcome you.

Ambient and Task lighting in Lavang - designed by Andrea Gillard Design

To create the desired mood in a space you need to pay specific attention to this aspect. Lighting essentially comes in three forms: Task, Ambient and Decorative.

Task lighting is exactly as its term suggests, its ‘task’ is to light a specific area, or element and is therefore usually relatively bright so adding as much light to the subject matter as possible.

A practical light they are often, but not always, directional such as spotlights and not always as decorative as the other types, but if you’re wanting to create an incredible dramatic effect, especially where you’re wanting to highlight the shape of an object or texture and character and finish of a specific feature, you would definitely need to choose a task spot light.

Ambient lighting is the main lighting source in a specific space.

It adds light in an atmospheric and inviting way and doesn’t have the same intensity as task lighting, which is usually due to the fact that the lumens (brightness) are not usually the same capacity, or because the lighting style doesn’t direct the light in same, concentrated, way.

Ambient lighting can even be considered decorative lighting, such as a chandelier elegantly hung over a dining table or in the centre of a sitting room as it creates an aesthetic talking point - just like the bespoke Edison-style light I commissioned from Luminous Times especially for Tchin-Tchin Vintage Horse-Trailer Mobile Bar.

It’s definitely the most varied form of lighting, coming from a lit fire, candle light or electric ceiling and wall lights.

It adds enough brightness to fill a space, but not overwhelm it and can be bright, but not stark; defused, soft lighting such as that of a table or floor lamp, or variable and atmospheric as that from a real fire or candle.

Decorative Lighting, although does add an element of required light, is predominantly as its name suggests, for decorative purposes only.

Light fittings in this category can provide a background glow or a simply fun element to a space. There can be little differentiation between decorative and ambient lighting as some models can often provide both types.

Decorative lighting is usually soft and often, but not always, diffused. The easiest way to pin-point whether a light fitting is decorative or Ambient is to ascertain whether it’s an essential light source in a space, if it isn’t, it’s most probably decorative. I particularly love these over-sized lanterns I put in the foyer at Lavang.

Lighting designers can let their creative juices flow and often have the most fun when creating decorative lights and the results can be spectacular like the 'On the Edge' (below) I commissioned from Luminous Times for Tchin-Tchin.

If you need any help with creating the right look and feel in your home or business, please get in touch – together we’ll find sanctuary in your world.

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