The art of light will add function, dimension, and beauty to your home. It will add color to mood, and accent to shadow in a way that deepens the impressions of the room and brings its most important elements to the forefront of awareness. Lighting design specialists by ILD create this phenomenon with a process that begins with consultation and concludes with superior luminance and lighting controls.
The process begins with a design consultation. ILD experts sit down with you and seek to gain a clear understanding of your desires and lifestyle requirements. Because every home is different, and every homeowner has a unique personality full of likes and dislikes, it is important that our home lighting designs match the people we are creating them for. This allows our team to create the art of light not just as a room and architectural accent, but also as a vibrant extension of personal taste and favorite activities.
After the consultation, a preliminary design plan will be drafted prior to the requisition of equipment. This design will tell us what fixtures we will need to install in your homes, how many, and at what mounting angles to achieve the right levels of light in different places. We are still not ready to begin actual installation, however. First, we must make certain that your current electrical system installation can support the equipment we are proposing. To determine this, we look at your home service panel and examine your home circuitry. If a panel upgrade is necessary, we will perform one at this time. If any wiring needs to be reworked, or if dedicated circuits are required, we also run these at this time.
This is a very necessary foundation to the creation of the art of light that can only be done by a trained and licensed residential electrical contractor. Fortunately for our clients, our team consists of certified electricians with years of experience in lighting design and architectural theory. Working with ILD ensures both a technically sound and an aesthetically pleasing solution at the end of the day.
Once we have performed any upgrades on the technical side of things, we can then begin installing recessed lighting fixtures. We use only commercial grade equipment to ensure the maximum cost savings on power consumption and a minimum of replacement costs. We are very careful where we mount these fixtures as well. Because light travels in a straight line, any object that it shines upon will cast a shadow behind it. Contrary to what some might think, we do not want to do away with every shadow in the room when we create home lighting plans. This would make the room too bright, and objects in the room appear too flat. Leaving some shadows creates interest, special emphasis, and a sense of added dimension. This blend of light and dark, yin and yang if you will, is one of the key differences the art of light and plain old general room lighting you get from store bought bulbs. The décor that is generated by varying degrees of illumination in different areas of the room will work to better enhance the aesthetics of room furnishings and the subtle nuances of interior decorating.
Another quality of the art of light that differentiates it from general lighting is the intentional use of color as a design tool. By changing the color of light we can change the perception of the object it strikes—or even the perception of the entire room itself. This is very important to the success of house audio automation and home theater systems where we rely upon colored light to create specific atmospheres for musical and cinematic genres.
This degree of sophistication will require home lighting control systems and possibly even home automation systems. Lighting controls are either hand-held remotes or wall panel units that are user friendly and controlled by buttons and sliding controls. Automation systems can be linked to these controls to operate certain lighting themes via computer. Preprogrammed themes can be run with certain types of music at certain times of day. Home theaters can be made to emulate the mood lighting of public cinema. This technically application of the art of light transforms your home into an entertainment center that rivals any night on the town.
The most important of these controls are those that regulate lighting intensity. Lutron Radio Ra dimmers allow light levels to be raised in order to create more visibility for certain tasks or activities. At other times it may be preferable to lower luminance to create a warmer, more intimate setting. Halogen lights are ideal for the combination of task and accent functionality that defines the art of light. They generate a very white light which can operate at general lighting levels at full strength and mood lighting, shadow effects, and art lighting at lower levels.
A wide range of halogen lamps are made in various styles, shapes, and wattages. This variety allows for the creation of multiple layers of light that support activity and emphasize different aspects of room design. Architecture, interior design, fine art, statues, antiques, and furniture can all be enhanced by the art of light in this manner. The combination of quality and quantity that results in a blend of ambience, shadow, and varying intensities both sets a mood and brings room elements to the forefront of attention.
If you are interested in light as art, contact us at 713-863-1133 or request a design proposal online. Illuminations Lighting Design is a full service electrical company. We take great pride in our ability to help customers solve their interior lighting, outdoor landscape lighting and electrical contracting services to meet their personal objectives. Whether that service comes in the form of assistance from Illuminations management team, supervisors, or any of our 50 plus employees, Illuminations Lighting Design is ready to help you meet your goals.