What Are Mood and Functional Lighting

                        What are Mood and Functional Lights?

Both mood and functional lighting are important inside and outside of your home. When both are present, a house or garden can become a more relaxing space that is also conducive to doing a number of important tasks. But to enjoy the benefits mentioned, only qualified and well-equipped electricians should be hired to set them up. In addition, homeowners should know the differences between both types of lighting.

About Mood Lighting
Generally, mood lighting involves the use of a number of lights that hang from the ceiling, such as pendant lights. These fixtures are usually set up so they emit dim, coloured light that can turn any room into a more relaxing and calming space. General lighting solutions, particularly dimmable ones, can also be used for mood lighting. Aside from pendant lights, desk lamps, rope lights, and string lighting can also serve as mood lighting for homes.

What Are Mood and Functional Lighting

Why Are Mood Lights Dim?
Light has a strong effect on how you perceive the things surrounding you, not only by making things look clearer, but also by detracting or enhancing anything that you are looking at. General lighting makes every object in the room bear more or less the same quality since these lights are generally so bright that shadows are eliminated. Because of this, people and objects can seem flat.

When people and objects look flat, they no longer look interesting. As a result, anyone looking at these will feel restless or bored.

With mood lighting, dim and distinct light sources are used so shadows are cast. Shadows enhance room depth and add some mystery to people and objects.

General-use lights tend to be seen as bearing the colour white, although some may look yellow or blue. Lights bearing these colours help eyes see colours normally.

Mood lights, however, can bear warm colours–like orange, yellow, and red–which highlight the warm colour of food and drink to make them look appealing. Cool-coloured (purple, blue) mood lights simulate the colour of moonlight, which many think is relaxing.

Because mood lighting can help people feel relaxed, they are great not only in dining areas and living rooms. They are also great for places like doctors’ offices, massage therapists’ studios, and other areas where a relaxing atmosphere is necessary.

About Functional Lights
Functional lighting, as a whole, provides the illumination needed so everyday essential activities can be done. Door lighting allows homeowners to find the keyhole at night. A brightly-lit path to the door allows one to be able to find the door at night. Reading lights aid in reading books or magazines. Kitchen lights help prevent cooking mishaps.

To Ensure That You Experience All The Benefits Of Functional Lighting, It’s Important That You Do The Following:

  • List down the things you do each day that require bright lighting
  • Determine the spots that require functional lighting
  • Determine the desired quality of light for each spot
  • Find out which light fixtures allow you to achieve the quality of light needed for that area
  • Hire a qualified electrician to set the lighting fixtures up for you.

Task lighting must be free of any distracting shadows and glare. It needs to be bright enough so you do not need to strain your eyes to clearly see what you’re doing.

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