Once I presented a 3D to a customer. He just said if he removed the lights and bed covers his entire feel will be different. So true. This seriously got me thinking. Hence we changed the style of operation. We started sourcing these artifacts & gave only which we know is available in the market. Lighting a space appropriately is a huge task for a designer and we need to be sure that the lights used will be functionally correct for the space given.

Lights can set the mood of a space. They are an important aspect of any interior design. If we fix a wrong light entire design would go for a toss. I happened to work with a lighting specialist who calculated the flux levels to decide which place should have what light. This study is very important in the retail industry as the clothes tend to fade under lights.

We need to understand the different lights that are available and their usage to fix the right light in the right place.

Light Type

Ambient Lighting or general lighting


This is generally used to brighten the space. These are also called the mood light as they set the mood of a space. You can have bright white, warm white, dull lighting, yellow ambience – anything based on the functionality of that space

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This is mostly an ornamental work fixed on the ceiling

Track lights

This can be used when the space is very versatile. Any retail showroom would want to change their space and this track can help them add/delete light and change the focus point.

Recessed lights

This creates a very pleasant atmosphere where the lights doesn’t hit your eye. Most of the hospitality industry uses this to enhance their space. We can also use this in reception areas, living room etc.

Task Light

This is used when you want more light in one particular area. Study lamp, operation theatre light etc are some examples. Instead of lighting the whole area where we lose a lot of light in this we can focus on where we want.

Accent Lights

This is used to highlight some art or wall washers used to highlight a wall.

Get the right light for the right place and hit a bulls eye in your design.