Janiyah Berger. Lighting. September 22nd , 2018.
The lighting design concept which advocates creating "pools of light" in a space is especially germane amidst our current focus on energy conservation. By accentuating key areas through a combination of brighter colors and higher illumination levels in a relatively dark space, the eye is drawn only to areas deemed important to the design solution. Another approach, stemming from a more practical standpoint, is to create "layers of light". In this instance, lighting in a space is controlled by separate switches and dimmers so it can be lit either in sections, segregated by task, or in its entirety. This avoids over-lighting and allows for flexible lighting control. Carefully deployed, one can create a sense of drama, ceremony and cadence through these lighting techniques.
Rope lights consist of heavy vinyl tubing which houses the string of tiny bulbs. The tubing stands up fairly well to weather, although, rope lights last longer when protected from the elements and used only during milder spring, summer and fall weather. Small hooks can be purchased to screw into material and anchor the rope light strings. The advantage to rope lighting is that it is flexible and can be wound or wrapped around deck and porch railings and strung along eaves. They require regular 120 voltage and can be plugged in wherever there is an exterior GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet. Rope lights can illuminate for years as long as the vinyl tubing jacket is not compromised by severe weather and temperature. The tiny bulbs produce very little heat and the rope lighting can be handled easily, even when lit. Rope lighting can cost from $4.00 to $40.00 depending on the length.
Accent light: Such light is typically four times the intensity of an area's general (ambient) light and focuses attention on a specific object or room fixture. Quite often, halogen lights are used to provide a bright-white glow to an object. In some cases, the accent light can be equipped with a focusing lens in order to target a specific feature of a fixture or object. Display light: This light is typically of low voltage and is used in the display of small keepsakes, figurines, dinnerware, etc. In this case, xenon or halogen lights which range from 3W to 20W are typically used.
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