The 25th installment of Decorex Joburg is taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 – 12 August. The renowned décor, design and lifestyle exhibition will be teaming up with K. Light import for a captivating lighting feature titled Lighting Elements. Look forward to experiencing a range of moods, tones, and styles created by various lighting arrangements for this special lighting installation.
Get to know your lighting types
Regardless of trends, there are three basic types of lighting, according to the founder of K. Light Import, Eli Kalmi. Kalmi shares some enlightening tips for décor and design.
‘It’s important to determine which lighting you need first, before considering the various options. There are three basic types of lighting that will feature in the home – ambient, task and accent lighting.’
Ambient (or general) lighting provides an area with overall illumination, radiating a comfortable level of brightness without glare, allowing you to see clearly and walk about safely. It can be achieved using chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fittings, as well as recessed or track lights. Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan.
This helps you perform specific tasks such as reading and grooming or preparing and cooking food. This is offered through recessed and track lighting; pendant lighting; under-cabinet lighting; as well as by free-standing floor and desk lamps. In the kitchen, the light over your work area is most important and the best options are pendant, or cluster of pendants, hanging above an island, counter or table. Pendant is best fixed overhead so as to avoid any blockage of light.
This adds focus to a specific area or point in a room. It is used to draw the eye to house plants, paintings, sculptures, or any other decorative object. It can also be used to highlight the texture of a brick or stone wall, as well as landscaping elements such as at the base of a large tree. Accent lighting is usually provided by recessed, spot and track lighting or wall-mounted picture lights.
Different types of light to enhance your bathroom
Correct lighting throughout the home is optimal, but the one room where homeowners often get the lighting incorrect is the bathroom.
Natural light is always the preferred option, but the addition of different types of light fittings can also play an important role in the outcome of the appearance and the feel of a bathroom.
Task lighting is important near the mirror as this is needed for up-close functions such as applying make-up and shaving. Avoid adding a light to the ceiling above a mirror, including recessed ceiling lights, as this light throws the light on your forehead and nose, but shadows your full reflection. Rather use a pair of sconces mounted at eye level on either side of the mirror, or on the wall above the mirror, to provide a shadow-less illumination.
Learn all this and more at the show. Visit: www.decorex.co.za