It does not become really comfortable until the light comes from the background. We give tips for indirect lighting.
Light determines our sense of space. It must be bright and direct to work, read and cook - but a moody atmosphere can best be achieved with soft, indirect light. We explain how to create indirect light, what task it has and in which variants it can best be implemented.
How is indirect light generated?
Light reflected from ceilings or walls is called "indirect light". It provides a pleasant, uniform illumination of the wall or ceiling, barely casts shadows and does not dazzle - it is therefore also perceived as a "soft" light. Indirect light does not reveal the actual light source, it is noticeable only in the illuminated area. It is particularly effective when the light source is not visible when switched off or retreats so strongly that the light emerges as if from nowhere - for example, with wall lights made of paintable ceramic or with LED strips that are behind objects hide.
What is the task of indirect light?
Unlike functional lighting, which is supposed to provide sufficient brightness when working or cooking, for example, indirect light is used to create mood. That's why you go in lighting design best so ago that you first for sufficient ambient lighting on the ceiling provide the them with secondary lighting complement. These include on the one hand wall, table or floor lamps as point sources of light, on the other hand a soft and unobtrusive mood lighting with indirect light. Please pay attention to uniform light colors of the different light sources and remember that the secondary lighting should create atmosphere - usually low lumen values are sufficient between 200 and 450 lm.
Which variants of indirect lighting are there?
In the following, we will show you different variants of indirect lighting and give tips on how you can place them cleverly in different rooms. Indirect lighting quickly creates a harmonious sense of space, and with the new LED technology, there are even more ways to use light design.
1. LED ceiling washlights bring the principle of light reflection over the ceiling to the latest technical standards. They are now also available in dimmable versions, and the lamps are available in warm white or extra warm white - the same light colors that the halogen ceiling spotlight had ,
2. Wall lights are available in a wide variety of variants: with screens for glare-free light, with effects such as rays, cones or star-shaped radiations. Wall sconces are ideal if low-ceilinged rooms are to have a higher effect or if you want to stage pictures and wall decorations.
Wall lights generate unobtrusive, mostly indirect light and thus quickly create a cozy atmosphere. A prerequisite for many models, however, is a power connection on the wall. Wall lights are not only an eye-catcher in the living room, but also stairwells and larger corridors move into an effective light in the evening.
3. LED stripare now probably the most common way to create indirect light. The light strips, which are often only a few millimeters wide, are available in all colors and lengths, and the industry has already developed suitable accessories - for example, in the form of decorative stucco moldings with recesses for LED strips. Most models can easily be cut to length with scissors, and with quick connectors it is also possible to combine or angle them. The power is usually via a power supply, which is connected to the power outlet. The technical refinements that can be used to equip LED strips include dimmers, integrated twilight sensors, color changes from warm white to cool white or RGB variants. With smartphone apps, the stripes can be easily controlled from the couch.
Indirectly illuminate shelf bottoms, cabinet backs and TV boards (or even the back of the TV screen) with LED Stripes quickly and without much installation effort. Also on the underside of the bed or on baseboards in the kitchen, a light strip is often placed. In the bathroom, it can be particularly helpful: A hidden LED strip, ideally with motion sensor and twilight sensor, turns on during nightly visits to the bathroom and creates a diffused indirect light that protects the photosensitive eyes at night. Since there are models with IP protection, the stripes can be used safely in the bathroom. Find
4. Light bars are a further development of LED strips, which is now offered by many manufacturers. In this case, the LEDs are already embedded in the strips, which are available for ceilings and walls, but also as foot and skirting boards as well as terminations for stair nosings. Depending on the location of use, they consist of wood-based materials or reinforced polystyrene, for example.
5. Suspended ceilings, superior walls or nichescreate another way to accommodate indirect light sources. Due to their small footprint, LED strips or light strips, such as those used for cabinet lighting, are also recommended here. Recessed luminaires can be recessed along the wall in the ceiling and illuminate the walls, which distribute the light pleasantly.
Tip : Superior walls make lower rooms appear optically higher if they are illuminated indirectly at the sides.
6. Furniture and other objects with LEDs. Many furniture manufacturers have discovered the LED technology for themselves. One of its advantages is its low intrinsic heat, which makes it possible to use it on sensitive furniture surfaces. Living room and bedroom cabinets were often equipped with light before, but now their lighting has become even more filigree and integrates even better in the piece of furniture. Also in demand: bright colored stripes that create effects in modern high-gloss furniture. Even sofa landscapes and couches often provide lighting options and thus provide a simple and uncomplicated atmosphere in the room.
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A glimpse into the future: OLED comes after LED
Even more options for indirect lighting will be provided by OLED technology in the future. In comparison with LEDs ( L maybe E mittierende Diodes), OLEDs (where the O stands for "organic") can be produced more cheaply, but at the moment they have a shorter lifespan. Because OLEDs can be made very flat and flexible, they can be incorporated even better into objects. Manufacturers are already dreaming of windows that are equipped with OLEDs that imitate daylight, or mirrors that shine like screens all over the surface. Wallpaper and textiles manufacturers are also interested in OLED technology. The indirect light of the future may come directly from the wall, the wallpaper or the curtain. But until then, LED technology already offers many options for letting a part of the room lighting work discreetly in the background.
How do you use indirect light? Has the LED technology changed your lighting design? Share your experience in the comments.