Year-round, indoor lighting systems are a staple in modern life and allow users to live, work, and play with ease and comfort. Below, LED iBond explains the three main types of indoor LED lighting and their defining characteristics: ambient lighting lights up a room in its entirety, task lighting focuses its illumination on one spot, and accent lighting adds a touch of personality in every room. We also discuss the variety of ceiling and wall fixtures available for each lighting type and suggest three common considerations a user should take into account when choosing indoor lights.
Having the right type of lighting installed can transform indoor spaces for the better, making homes cozier, offices and classrooms more upbeat, and galleries and lobbies more elegant. Aside from the benefits of aesthetics, installing quality and appropriate lighting indoors can also profoundly impact a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Broadly, there are three types of indoor LED lighting solutions. They are ambient lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting. They can be implemented on their own or alongside each other, depending on user needs. Below we will explore these three types in detail.
Ambient lighting, also known as general lighting, is the most common type of indoor lighting. It lights up a room completely and uniformly, and a soft glow is preferred to harsh glares. Ambient lighting solutions function to illuminate the entire room while also improving its overall aesthetic.
Common ambient lighting solutions come in the form of ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted fixtures. These are lights placed overhead that direct light downwards, such as pendant lighting, recessed fixtures, ceiling fans, and sconces, or lights placed on walls that radiate light, such as wall sconces.
LED ambient lighting is used in various indoor spaces, such as in homes, offices, classrooms, galleries, hotel lobbies, and more. Each space will have its own mood, which can be determined by lighting choice and color, and the right types when implemented can elevate the atmosphere.
For example, to create a cozy and relaxing environment in the home, a user can use yellow-tinted LEDs as a ceiling lighting solution to create warmth and depth. In the office or the classroom, users can use LEDs cooler in tint to simulate natural daylight. This can help create a crisp and clean environment perfect for working and studying.
At LED iBond, we provide efficient LED lights and supplementary equipment for their seamless integration. While conventional LED lighting companies utilize a PCB, heatsink, housing, and driver in conjunction with their LEDs, we use an innovative ‘sandwich’ system we created and patented ourselves. This is achieved by putting an LED between two Aluminum Composite Panels (ACPs), and the finished result is an ultra-thin 6mm panel.
The sleekness of this panel, along with the wide range of LED color options available, makes it possible for designers to tailor their designs to create the right feel for each indoor space.
The second category of indoor LED lighting is task lighting. Task lighting illuminates a task carried out by a person, such as working at a desk, cooking by a stove, and reading. The required scope of task lighting is much smaller than that of ambient lighting, and as such, requires the use of much more focused beams. Task lighting should ideally also be bright but not cast an excess of shadows that will inconvenience the user.
This makes LEDs a perfect candidate as a lighting solution. LEDs have omnidirectional beams that can target specific areas, a high lumen to Watt ratio that provides exceptional brightness from low power consumption, and compact sizes at around 5mm. This means that they can be used effortlessly in task lighting fixtures such as decorative, portable, and desk lamps, slim line bars, under counter lights, vanity lights, and downlights, to name a few.
In terms of functionality, we recommend task lighting to be connected to a single switch that turns the light source on and off. The switch should be independent from the those of ambient lighting solutions for convenience. For example, a reading lamp placed on a bedside table will ideally have its own switch right next to it, so that a user will not have to get up to turn the light off across the room on the same panel of overhead light switches.
LED iBond is revolutionizing task lighting in kitchens with LED iBond Kitchen, an open smart system with under-cabinet task lighting made of LED panels. These panels are our unique innovation, and they can be cut or extended to any given length and even at angles to connect around corners of kitchen cabinets. With our state-of-the-art technology, these ultra-thin, 6mm panels also have aluminum bodies that conduct power. This means that the system is entirely wireless, giving the LED iBond Kitchen a cool, sleek, Nordic feel.
These accent lighting panels have full Internet of Things (IoT) integration to make life even easier and safer. This means that the indoor LED lighting system is made compatible with third-party technological tools. Users can charge their phones, play music, keep track of time, and more, all without leaving the kitchen cabinet while cooking.
The third type of indoor lighting is accent lighting. Similar to task lighting, accent lighting serves to focus on specific points of the room instead of illuminating its entirety, which makes LEDs a great fit once again. However, rather than to help users complete their tasks, accent lighting is used to highlight decorations and objects. In this way, it has a greater focus on aesthetics compared to functionality.
LED accent lighting is used most commonly in museums and galleries, where objects are put on display and each one is illuminated in such a way that draws attention to itself. It is also used in shops and expos on small and large scales, where products that range from clothes to furniture pieces to automobiles are put on display and emphasized. Additionally, it can be used in the home to highlight an architectural feature, indoor plants, paintings, sculptures, and displays of figurines, trophies, jewelry, and other objects.
Popular accent lighting fixtures include track lights, slim line bars, undercabinet panels, directional recessed lights, as well as lighted display shelves.
At LED iBond, our Shelly illuminated smart shelf is a popular accent lighting choice for the home and in shops and libraries. On its own, Shelly boasts a myriad of advantages—it is wireless, has full IoT integration, the ability to carry up to 80kg (176lbs) in weight, and a scratch-resistant surface, to name a few of its benefits. Combined with our patented heat technology with our LED lights that have a service life of 100,000 hours, Shelly is one of the most durable, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing shelving solutions on the market.
Accent lighting, used for aesthetic display purposes, can also benefit from ease of dimming. Consider a space museum. Its rooms and galleries are likely already fitted with dimmed ambient lighting, with the hope of immersing visitors in the sense of wonder from being with the stars in outer space. In this case, accent lighting used in display cases and around photographs must not be too bright or produce a glare.
LEDs can be dimmed on command with the right equipment, such as LED iBond’s own TRACY® spot lighting luminaire. TRACY® is an open system that is customizable in color and design, and it can be used in a wide range of applications such as in retail and general display. It is also equipped with IoT integration, which means that users can dim accent lights through a central system with a swipe of a finger on a mobile device or a tablet.
Choosing the right type of LED lighting solution
When it comes to choosing the right type of LED lighting solution, specific designs depend entirely on personal preferences, there are generally a few common factors to consider:
This is the wattage of the LED bulb. Although lighting can be dimmed with the right equipment, the brightness it is capable of is still worth considering so that you can get your desired visual results while consuming the least energy.
Choosing the right lighting color is important when it comes to curating the perfect atmosphere indoors. The great thing about LEDs is the wide range of color choices—LED lights are available in red, green, blue, yellow, amber, and white—and the ability to combine lights to create new shades. Generally, LED lighting for home and other relaxing environments is warmer, and LED lighting for office and other professional spaces is cooler. However, there is no hard and fast rule, and we encourage users to find their own perfect match.
Finally, the right LED lighting fixture must be considered. Though LEDs are extremely compact, at an average of 5mm, they do not only have to be fitted in sleek shelves and small spaces. For those who prefer fixtures on a larger scale to accommodate their needs, the low temperatures of LED lights allow for them to be put close together in a safe manner to become a bigger and more powerful light source.
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Choosing the right type of indoor lighting can bring out the best of a room and its features. LED iBond is committed to helping users find their perfect lighting solution. We offer innovative and flexible technology that can be tailored to practically any shape and lighting requirement. For more information on indoor lighting systems, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +45 7070 7855.