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The 4th Dimension of Architecture

We believe that lighting is the 4th dimension of architecture, yet it is often over-looked, value engineered or left until the last minute of the building or design process. As lighting people, we are bound to be biased but we strongly believe that a space designed by an architect or decorated by an interior designer requires lighting to complement, accentuate and enhance the ambience and bring the architecture to life. Good lighting creates the difference between a project that impresses or underwhelms.

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There are several key factors to consider when designing any lighting scheme effectively that we shall explain below:

 

1. Small is beautiful

Popular downlight dimensions are often around 75mm – 125mm in diameter but recently, with advances in LED technology, we have seen the arrival of many much smaller luminaires. While these are very aesthetically pleasing, however, in the main, we see that they are still compromised with regards to their light output.

Uniquely, Ecoled is able to offer a wide range of elegant, miniature fittings (from only 46mm diameter), that do not suffer such compromise therefore, just because they’re small, doesn’t mean you need more!

Not only is Ecoled’s range discreet yet extremely powerful, they also offer an almost unlimited flexibility through a highly modular approach. Each luminaire design can be customised into a multitude of configurations to suit the job required; from colour temperature, high or low power, wide or narrow beam angles then, finish to your choice of RAL colour, plating or anodising to create a fully bespoke product with that extra touch of luxury not available elsewhere. Our concept gifts designers the freedom to choose whether they want their fitting to blend almost invisibly with the ceiling, stand out as a design feature or in work synergy with other finishes in the room.

Instead of a series of bright spots overhead, fewer discreet fittings in this area ensures the eye is drawn to the space below rather than to the ceiling. Which is where it should be. Ecoled’s concept gives you all the light with none of the aesthetic compromise.

 

2. Layer lighting

By using multiple sources of light you are able to create a highly versatile and flexible space that can be adapted to any scenario required. By not relying on a single light source and layering the lighting you spread the focus across the full area of the room, allowing you to set the mood and creating the correct atmosphere, whilst highlighting the key features of the space.

There are several lighting elements that should be considered to effectively light a room:

 

  • Accent lighting

Accent lighting highlights or focuses light on a particular object or area. It’s a very effective way to create drama as it draws attention or highlights interesting areas such as art work or interesting design features of the space.

A good suggestion to create this particular layer is either a narrow, focused spot light, such as our Mini ZEP 6 Darklight or our Decoline linear product.

 

  • Task lighting

 

Task lighting denotes fixed and dedicated lighting for a specific function. For example, in a kitchen, you may install under cabinet lighting to illuminate the work space below for better visibility when preparing food.

Using linear lines of light here can be very effective to get the uniformity required, whilst focused spots, such as the ZEP 6 Eyeconic Round can also work well.

 

  • General lighting (ambient lighting)

General lighting should provide the overall lighting for the room. It should deliver a comfortable level of brightness, allowing you to perform tasks and move about safely.

A variety of fixtures can be usual for this layer of lighting, such as chandeliers, downlights or track fixtures. We feel it’s important to use several types of fitting rather than the very typical ‘peppering’ of downlights across a ceiling.

 

  • Decorative lighting

Decorative lighting is created from beautiful or designer fixtures that not only look great, but provide an adequate level of lighting in the space. This layer of lighting can also serve other purposes and as such, can be used for accent or task lighting.

Very often these layers are created using pendants or design led wall lights

 

  • Statement lighting

Statement lighting is a layer that aims to highlight a particular feature in the design, so that it clearly stands out. Light is a powerful weapon to enhance or intensify an element of the design and if used correctly, can be wonderfully effective!

The use of linear lights of light can be a great way to emphasise this!

 

  • Mood lighting

This type of lighting is designed to create a mood or ambience, by using different tones and colours of light, as well as different levels of brightness. This includes the use of dimming circuits in bedrooms and living spaces, as well as dining area… letting you easily choose which lights you want to use and at what level to perform the desired task for the situation.

The choice of dimmer system is critical here as not only can you dim each layer, but you are able to marry them together to create specific scenes

Below is a great example of a project that has successfully utilised the various layers of light to create a fantastic environment...

 

3. Designing the lighting around the functionality of the room

 

You can see in the image above, lighting is a selection of statement, accent, task AND general. Ecoled’s linear Decoline range has been put to stunning effect to make features of the staircase and glazing structures. Uplights with narrow beams are employed to add texture to the exposed brick walls and the LEDy pendants float almost invisibly above the island units providing light to the area without dominating the design.

 

4. Lighting from the edges

 

Many lighting schemes see downlights positioned in neat rows towards the middle of a room. This will provide light but little atmosphere. Consider moving your down lights out towards the walls. Lighting the walls lifts a room in several ways. Firstly, by lighting the walls, you light anything on the walls by default. This means you are not restricted to a piece of art of a certain size only lit with a single feature. Secondly, a room feels bigger as well as brighter when the walls are lit so this approach is particularly effective in rooms that suffer a lack of natural light. Thirdly, by lighting the walls, you can use the reflective properties of the paintwork to bounce the light back into the room and therefore, much of the time can dispose of the extra row of lights across the middle. Complement this with some strategically placed table lamps for task.

 

5. The finishing touch

Of course, like many other aspects of the home, it’s all about those last touches that really create something extra specialWe believe the best products deserve the finest finishes.

With both a historic and active background in metal forming, among our core strengths is the ability to offer options that no-one else can; from simple powder coating to more complex methods such as plating and anodising, we can do it all. Using the highest quality metals available, we can “frame” the light in the finish of your choice to add a touch of luxury to your lighting designs. Going further, we can also offer speciality choices that either keep the feel of metal, wood, rust or even carbon!

These highly desirable finishes allow the designer to bespoke specify our product to match other elements of their design concepts so that the lighting can finally be considered in their mood boards too!

With this dedication to research and individuality, Ecoled is the perfect choice for the designer seeking both performance and flair.