Lighting And Its Effects

The dining room at rest... candlelight and a dimmer switch.

The dining room at rest… candlelight and a dimmer switch.

Lighting or lack thereof is something we deal with from the moment we wake up to that moment when we turn out the lights and go to sleep. Except for the need to turn lights on or off, how often are we conscious of it?

On a gloomy day, we turn lights on to function and see what we are doing. On a bright sunny day we sometimes pull the shades down to control it. But how often do we create it?

A typical dinner for two any day of the week.

A typical dinner for two any day of the week.

The use of lighting and creating it in our environment is an important part of how we live. Lighting at dinner is basic for us. Either when we are a grand dinner party of eight or just the two of us, I choose to dine with the softness of a few taper candles and the dining room chandelier on low.

One of several Tiffany-style lamps in my collection.

One of several Tiffany-style lamps in my collection.

The same rules go for our living room or study, depending on where we are sitting at night with a drink or glass of wine. I have collected and use Tiffany reproduction lamps in both rooms as they give a gentle glow. And I supplement them with crystal candlesticks with tapers on the coffee table.

Welcome sunlight at the Atelier; the better to see what we're working on.

Welcome sunlight at the Atelier; the better to see what we’re working on.

Daytime lighting plays a part in how we function and feel motivated. At my office, we are brightly lit for the detail work we do and have lamps and track lights on as well as the bright light from the big Victorian windows that we are lucky to have.

But do we look around at the natural light around us? I’m an early riser so I always pause to look east through the study or bedroom window at the dawn and the play of colour. Or that magical last soft glow at the moment after sunset. No camera captures what it’s like, just our minds do to file that away for darker days.