Love your lamp

Don't let the winter put a damper on your shine. There's nothing like good lighting to gladden the soul.

By EFI MOSHAV
January 5, 2012 12:23
3 minute read.
Lamp

Lamp. (photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)

Reading under a focused light creates less strain on the eyes. Cutting vegetables in a bright light will protect your fingers. Having a conversation in a dimly lit space can promote romantic developments.

All these facts are expressions of correct lighting: the combination of the light bulb, the lighting element and its design, its location in the space and the direction of the light. In addition, a balance is needed between the different sources of light, which are divided into functional, aesthetic and sculptural lighting elements.

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When planning and designing light in a space, it’s important to use lamps and fixtures that will suit your needs according to your daily experience. The most important points are the type of the lighting, the selection of light bulbs, the combination of all the lighting in a given space and suiting it to the surroundings in terms of the color of the lamps, the material they are made of and their style.

Types of lighting
Lighting includes general lamps that illuminate every part of the space and constitute unified background lighting; adjusted lamps, which have a defined purpose and focused light; and ambiance lamps, which can be made to suit the mood.

Ceiling lamps: These are lamps or fixtures that are hung, ceiling-adjoining or  fixed in the ceiling. They can range from a suspended crystal chandelier to minimalist lighting elements that are almost invisible, such as track lighting. It’s important to make sure that the light isn’t dazzling; therefore, the lampshade should surround the light bulb or illuminate upwards. If the ceiling is low, it’s preferable to position the light fixture as close to the ceiling as possible .to create a more spacious feeling.

Wall lamps: These are wall-adjacent lamps, fixed lamps or lamps that are hung on the wall. They leave the ceiling clean, produce a pleasant light and provide focused illumination for activities such as reading or looking at pictures.

Mobile lamps: These lamps have a plug that enables you to connect them to any electrical outlet in the house; therefore, they are easy to move when needed. They provide good general or directional lighting in different situations.

Types of light bulbs
Every light bulb has its own characteristics of color, quality, technology and lifespan. The choice of light bulb influences the atmosphere in the room, as well as the nature of the illumination.

Incandescent: This is the oldest and most common bulb since its invention by Thomas Edison in 1879. It simulates natural sunlight exceptionally well. However, the fact that it has a short lifespan -- only about 1,000 hours -- and consumes a lot of energy has lessened its popularity in the last few years.



Fluorescent: This type of bulb is energy A efficient, works for about 8,000 hours and produces five times more light than a Livon bulb with identical power. The hue of its light is traditionally white and cold, but in the last few years it has also become available in a warm and yellow shade of light. PL bulbs are fluorescents with a screw thread that enables them to be connected easily to standard light sockets.

Halogen: This type of bulb produces a warm shade of light, works for 3,000 hours and consumes half the amount of energy used by the Livon for the same output of light.

LED: The light-emitting diode is the most innovative form of lighting today, thanks to the fact that it works for about 50,000 hours. Its hue of light can be either warm or cold, and its energy consumption is very low. The strength of the illumination is usually low, but now there are lighting elements that take advantage of this economical bulb to produce stronger light


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