Light – An Important Aspect Of Design

sunrays playing through the woods
sunrays playing through the woods
glowing light
glowing light
light in a rain drop
light in a rain drop

I am afraid of darkness. It feels good to see light. Light symbolises a lot of things hope, purity, dawn, god, energy and so on. It removes darkness and helps us see everything right and clear.


Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
Bible


There are two kinds of light--the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures- James Thurber.

The light should help you see things with a clear perspective it should not be so glaring that you cannot see anything clearly. Each human being is surrounded by a light, an energy field that seems to be emancipating from the body and describes and represents the person’s energies known as an aura.


The natural light that is the light coming from the sun is the best form and the best source of light. It is one natural resource which can be and should be used to the fullest!! Use maximum solar energy and the maximum amount of sunlight possible.


It is light that helps you see and identify colour, it is light that passes through rain drops and forms a beautiful rainbow, and hence naturally the interiors that depend hugely on colour combinations have lighting as the most important aspect of the design.

decorative table lamp
decorative table lamp

Home decor with beautiful lighting options


Design your home in such a way that remains flooded with natural light during the day time, until and unless you draw up the curtains and close the doors. A well lit home is the one that has lights for specific purposes. It has to have the right light at the right place. Lights can also be used to create the desired ambience and look immensely beautiful with a variety of designer lamp shades. Not just the house but the garden also needs some attention when it comes to lighting. A well lit garden during the night time looks fabulous.


natural light in a bathroom
natural light in a bathroom

Bathroom lighting


The bathrooms should also have natural lighting during the day time. The bathroom wall lights can be used only during the evening and nights. The bathroom lighting is the most important aspect and only a technically qualified person should do it. Bathroom lighting is different from the other rooms in the house as this is the place which is in close proximity with the water. There are lights certified for various zone and should be used accordingly. There are the bathroom ceiling lights, scones for the walls, tubes mirror lights as well as those that are safe to immerse in water hence safe to use in baths and showers.


stage lighting
stage lighting
diamonds are forever
diamonds are forever

Light to highlight


Lights also play an important role in highlighting a desired object in a desired manner, and hence stage lighting for a show or lighting a dance floor and lighting in a showroom is a job that needs utmost attention and a team of lighting specialists and experts. Sometimes the light needs to be over powering and vibrant, sometimes soft and sometimes ambient. Presence of light can make any object look very beautiful. Diamonds are forever, and they look extremely gorgeous because of their ability to reflect light and thus look sparklingly fabulous.

An absolutely brilliant invention that uses water to bring light into shacks in manila.

(Special Thanks to Nell Rose For Mentioning the Invention)

It is known that water refracts light very efficiently. Based on this property of water MIT students devised a technique that will easily fill a small shack with light. Used plastic bottles were filled with water and a certain amount of bleach. The bleach keeps the water germ free and clears enough to refract efficiently for a long time. This water bottle was installed on the metal roofs of the shacks. The natural light fell on the water filled bottle and refracted through the water into the shacks illuminating them. These lamps illuminate equivalent to the 60watt bulb and can be installed in less than half an hour. The bleach water bulb is said to last for up to 5 years.

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icciev 5 years ago from Kuwait

very interesting and informative. voted up


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

A lovely article on light Carrie, the right light can create a totally different atmosphere.

Thank you for sharing, MM


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

Light is an often overlooked component of good design. I especially love to embrace natural light with large windows.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

Really good tips on using light right! Nicely illustrated with those great pics too. Voted Up!


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Meadow Kelly 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

I thoroughly enjoyed this article & photos.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

@ MM, stephandas, Carco

We recently went to check out a property, it was beautiful and well furnished but no proper ventilation or windows. You can’t be in a house all day without an ounce of sunlight!! It also has other benefits; it also keeps the room odour free and fresh. Nothing like natural light seeping through the windows:)

Thank you for your comments and votes!!


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

HI icicev.. thank you so much for visiting and dropping by a comment!! I am glad that you enjoyed the read and liked the photographs!! have a bright and happy day!!

carrie


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

HI meadow kelly!! thankyou for visiting and leaving a note!! glad you liked and enjoyed the hub!! do keep visiting!! will soon check out your hubs!!

carrie


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iZeko 5 years ago

Love this! Light can really change the feeling of the space. Very nice hub and photos!


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

thanks i zeko!! sure it does!! photography is also dependent on the direction and intensity of light :)) thanks for the visit and comment.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, lovely article about light, I recently saw on tv a very simple way of giving light to the poor areas of, I think it was south america, what they did was get plastic water bottles, make a hole in the tin roof of their shack, fill up the water bottle, and turn it upside down and put it in the hole! simple yet very affective! the sunlight reflected in the water giving a 40 watt glow to the inside of the shack! how amazing is that? we all need light, and what a simple idea, great hub! cheers nell


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Oh yes Nell that’s a great point there. I am including this invention in the hub right away!! Thanks a ton. Do keep visiting and commenting:)


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Light is so important and can change a room completely! You have so many good tips here and I especially love the decorative table lamp! Great article about light

Tina


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tina!! thank you so much for the comment and apreciation!! Light does play an important role and the right kind of lighting can change the way the room looks!!

carrie


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I never heard of the water and bleach filled bottle being able to give off reflected light. Amazing! Yes...proper lighting is good even for treating SAD...seasonal affective disorder (when the natural light is low and people seem to suffer from depression.)

Good hub!


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi peggy!! yes the right amount of sun light is so very important for a healthy living!! and lighting from any source but in a proper amount and in the right direction is very important for displaying any design. thanks for the comment and taking time to go through and appreciate the efforts!!

carrie!!


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

That is very interesting about the water bottle...amazing. I often used mirrors to help bring light into a room...I would situate them up high (too high to look into) but across the room from a window, so it was like I had double the windows in a dark room.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Great ideas and lovely pictures. I really like that picture of a white bathroom. I've been dreaming of having a bathroom with a skylight, but of course my landlord won't allow me to install a skylight on the roof! Well, I guess I'll have to wait until I have my own house.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Enlydia!! mirrors reflect light and are an excellent option to light up the room. They can make a small room look bigger. Great to know that you use them to efficiently light up a dark room with the minimal use of electricity. thanks for the visit and the comment.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi OM!! yes sky lit bathrooms are my favourites too!! wish you the best of luck to son be able to buy yourself a new house and get the bathroom of your dreams ;))keep visiting! and thanks for dropping by


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Sometimes outside, the ordinary world looks so incredibly beautiful, because of a change in the light. The way the sun slants under a heavy cloud cover is my favorite light.

I love the bleach and water light that you show at the end of the hub. It reminds me of some light fixtures I saw on an old ship - glass is imbedded in the deck of the ship sort of like the bleach water light you showed. These old glass things are cut like jewels to refract light.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi dolores!! i agree the bleach and water invention is something!! sunlight looks incredible when it sparkles on dew drops, peeps at you through the clouds and through the trees.nature has such weath we only need to explore and enjoy it in its purest form.

carrie


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Great Hub Carrie! I love the natural lighting photo and the green lighting invention.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

HI green lotus!! thanks for the visit and a precious comment it matter a lot!! I fully agree on using natural light it is cheap,healthy and in abundance.

carrie


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well you have helped me see the proverbial light with this most pleasing and eye catching hub subject - you must be the newer, younger, better looking Martha Stewart of the U.K. - lol - and you certainly have world class talent and expertise in this chosen field - you must be our resident lifestyle, design, and home living guru here at the Hub - and it looks so good on you too - lake erie time ontario canada 10:21am

and yes I have a lot of light, thank goodness, I live 100 feet or so away from one of North America's 5 great lakes


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi epigramman!! You are lucky the place of imagination and intrigue definitely has a lot of light! Thank you for the compliments! Do keep visiting often and let some of the light from your place radiate here:))

carrie

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