Island Design

Lighting is Key
by Cheryl Gaddie

In the land of sunshine, natural light is abundant and should be taken advantage of whenever possible within our homes and workspaces. Of course there is the significant issue of the heat our beautiful sunshine produces. We need to be informed about filtering the light in existing structures and understand passive solar design when building or retrofitting our homes and businesses.

It is not always feasible to direct natural light for tasks, therefore artificial light is necessary. When designing an interior space, I attempt to place work/task areas where outdoor light is available. I prefer to use a cooler temperature lamp for task lighting to better replicate and enhance the natural light.

I always smile when I pass by a beautiful home, with good outdoor lighting, that obviously has different color lamps – leaving some with an aged look while others are bright white. It is important to understand the color of a lamp and make it specific to an area. Look for the kelvin temperature on the package. You need to keep the same temperature when replacing your light bulbs. Especially in recessed lighting areas. Make a color choice and keep it consistent.

Standard incandescent are the least used and preferred in today’s design field. This is in large due to their energy inefficiency. Halogen has taken the place of the incandescent in many fixtures. Light emitting diodes LEDs are the most energy efficient lighting today, still the technology is in development stages.

When specifying a fixture, understand the lamp that will be used inside the fixture. Some existing fixtures may be retrofitted. Such as using a compact florescent lamp CFL to replace an incandescent which is an obvious choice for energy efficiency.

Notable interior design requires great lighting design.