Monday, November 7, 2016

On light matters

We are visual people who more often than not, make decisions based on what we see and how that interpretation appeals to us. 

When you’re in a shopping mall, you’ll notice that each retail shop has its own specific lighting. But what you may not realize is how that lighting may influence your interest, eventually leading you to enter the store and perhaps driving you to make a purchase.

Research has indicated that our sense of sight trumps our other four senses - what we see and how we see it influences how we make decisions. 

Visual presentation in the right setting plays a huge role in enhancing the aesthetic quality of items. One such setting includes the right kind of lighting in a specific space.

A lot of people don't think too much of light. Light is just light, for most people. It's not as simple as this, though. Lighting, in fact, varies. Homeowners need different lighting to achieve specific or desired effects on their mood, health or business objectives.

Interior designers are normally the best to consult when it comes to understanding how light influences an environment. Generally though, we all should be aware of how light influences us.

Here are some of the ways lighting influences us:

1. Lighting influences mood 

When you’re in a shopping mall, you’ll notice that each retail shop has its own specific lighting. But what you may not realize is how that lighting may influence your interest, eventually leading you to enter the store and perhaps driving you to make a purchase. 

Whatever your preference, your mood will be enhanced by the light setting you choose.

Lighting levels and color affect our mood, and inevitably mood affects behavior.

Lower light levels along with warm light color creates a more relaxing and intimate setting, perfect for home and some retail atmospheres.

Bright blue light or white light on the other hand, creates a more invigorating and energizing mood.

Whether you’re setting up in the living room or looking for task lighting in the kitchen, whatever your preference, your mood will be enhanced by the light setting you choose.

2. Lighting may change the way you look 

Some light colors are more forgiving than others, but all light colors will emphasize different elements. If used correctly, lighting can help you look your best. 

White light is the most versatile when it comes to make-up, as it can be reflected by any color. What this means is that you’ll look exactly as you are under this light.

Yellow light, however, is flattering for the skin not only because it has a lot of white light in it, but also because it looks warm due to a lack of blue light.

Visual presentation in the right setting plays a huge role in enhancing the aesthetic quality of items.

So, when choosing the perfect lighting for your home, consider using warm or white light in rooms where you get dressed and apply make-up to make sure you look great from every angle.

3. Light affects color 

Have you ever bought clothes in a particular color but when you got home, the color suddenly seemed off?

This is because clothes look different under different kinds of light. This apparent change in color can sometimes also be seen in cloth couches and curtains. 

The best way to ensure that the color of the garment or furnishing is satisfactory, is to look at it under sunlight.

Another trick is to play with the lighting in your house and ensure that it is consistent. Convert your lighting to energy saving LED warm or white bulbs, with a high color rendering index so that the color of your outfit looks the same throughout.

Lighting is more than just about the ability to see more clearly. Next time you change your light bulb, think about how you would like to feel or what kind of atmosphere you’d like to create in a particular room.

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