VIDEO: 5 Tips on using reflected light

VIDEO: 5 Tips on using reflected light

In this short video Andrew delivers 5 tips on using the most user friendly light of all – a light where the source is hidden. In 3 minutes we will brief you as to how to improve your schemes by gauging the light absorbancy of surfaces and using techniques to layer the illumination of a space.

1. Reflected light illuminates surfaces along it’s path – bouncing light off walls and ceilings and using these surfaces as reflectors.

2. Light will be absorbed by those surfaces – and by varying degrees. Typically 80% reflectance off a white ceiling, 50% for walls, 25% for a natural coloured floor. These are approximations of course but a guide to help judge the amount of light you need to try and start with.

3. Dark and light surfaces – will reflect light at different levels, dark absorbs more light than white surfaces.

4. Be careful to watch out for unwanted reflected light – for example reflected light from hidden strips of LED can produce unwanted illumination.

5. Layering light – use reflected light on surfaces as a tool to create layers of light. For example consider hiding a floor mounted directional light to uplight onto a ceiling and use the reflected light as the ‘source’.

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