To understand the basic psychology behind interior lighting design, think about daylight. A cloudy, gray day causes people to feel listless; people feel more energetic and positive on a sunny day. That difference between dreary and bright is the quality of light. If you simply introduce general illumination into a room to permit vision, you created a cloudy day.
That may sound bad, but the truth is this: identifying the activity that will occur in a space is the first step in lighting design process. If you’re designing space for work or learning, home office or any space for some kind of complex task, the environment should be simple. If you think about it, it is easier to work on a cloudy day because there is much less distraction. Continue reading “About interior lighting”