A popular trend in contemporary architecture is the creation of open residential structures. Instead of clearly distinguishing between residential areas as they are used to their use, the constructional limits disappear in favor of a spacious living area in which the kitchen line and dining table are integrated and freely visible. Another form of realization is to combine kitchen and dining room in a large room.
These open forms of housing are no longer confined to the premises of rationality and functionality, but meet our need for socializing and promote communication between all family members and friends.
The individual zones of such an open living space are primarily indicated by the interior furnishings – but also by the manner and manner of light design. Please see the following article for more information on how to care for living room lighting.
Basic lighting – uniform room lighting
In each room, a certain basic brightness is required, which ensures orientation and safety at every step. Usually it is realized by direct light from the ceiling. In open living rooms, however, a single ceiling light is not enough to create a uniform light ambience. Instead, it is recommended for rooms with large floor plan ceiling lights.
Two separate circuits are usually built for the living and kitchen area so that these two room zones can be supplied with light independently of one another. If the built-in lights are steplessly dimmable, they can choose from a wide range of lighting moods ranging from bright light to romantic candlelight.
Lighting open living room
For general lighting in open living spaces, cable and rail systems are still very good. These are mounted in the U- or L-shape on the ceiling and are equipped with any number of spotlights. These can, in turn, be fastened to any desired location on the carrier system and aligned in their light direction on cabinets, shelves and tables. Light rails therefore offer the highest degree of flexibility, which is particularly advantageous in the case of angled spatial sections.
Finally, a uniformly bright light ambience can also be realized by means of indirect lighting. Its warm, soft light can spread even in the largest rooms a homey atmosphere. As an illumination solution for this purpose, for example, Voutenluchten as well as in suspended ceilings or in ceiling profiles integrated RGB LEDs and fluorescent lamps. However, indirect light serves exclusively to create a desired light atmosphere, so additional direct light sources are indispensable for intensive tasks such as cooking or reading.
Space lighting – Optimal light for every handgrip
Many thousands of small handles are necessary for cooking. From cutting to checking the cooking condition of the food, we need very bright, color-light light, which does not cause any disturbing glare and shadows on the work surfaces. This is exactly the task of the place lighting. It is a supplement to general lighting and thus requires additional light sources, which can be connected in case of need.
Lighting in kitchens and at the dining table
In the kitchen area, for example, additional light is indispensable over the worktop. If upper cabinets hang above this, lighting fixtures designed for fluorescent lamps are used, which have a glare protection. Furthermore, wall lights with a downward directed light beam can be used over the stove and sink. To protect the eyes, they should also have a divider or a screen made of satined glass.
Finally, most people would like the dining table to have a large hanging light or several small hanging pendulums hanging in a row. They not only give a wonderful light, but also give the dining area a very individual atmosphere. Depending on the material and the design, pendulum lights spread a more comfortable and homely charm or conjure a touch of glamor and glamor into the domestic dining area, for example when a stylish chandelier advances the view of the entire room.
Additional light sources for the space-related lighting are of course also very useful in the living area. Think about a floor lamp with brilliant, bright light that is useful for reading, tinkering and for office work, to the decorative table lights near the couch, thanks to which we see faces in a harmonious light. In the area of the TV, a luminaire with primarily indirect light should also be placed where possible in order to protect the health of the eyes.
Accent lighting – Mood lighting
However, artificial light not only fulfills important functions in residential lighting, but also serves aesthetic spatial design. In this context, lighthouses with a brightness level well above that of the basic lighting are consciously created in the room.
Such light scenes can, for example, form floor-mounted luminaires, in the stripping light of which the surface structure of wall panels or natural stone walls can be applied. In addition, spotlights can be used to emphasize architectural details such as arches or columns, while in the bundled light beam of individual spots artworks or living accessories are gaining new splendor.
Lighting decorative in design
Charming lighting reflexes are also inspired by decorative floor and wall luminaires with exceptional design. In particular, empty walls look less boring thanks to them. Finally, the classics of the aesthetic lighting design never go out of fashion: candles and neutral light strings, which can be placed on the table, chest of drawers or shelves.
Experiment with lighting and other light sources. Mobile luminaires with a flexible structure, a dimmer and a translucent screen offer much more room for your creativity. In addition, you should make sure that you use the illuminant of the light color warm white for the living room, since they bring home a homely light mood. For reading, working and floor lamps only, use higher power luminaires and neutral white light.