Selecting the right fixture for your in-direct lighting scheme

Thursday, September 7, 2017

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In-direct lighting is the practice of lighting a space with lighting from a ‘hidden’ source. Light is cast across walls, floors and ceilings to create a subtle glow that eliminates glare.

As in-direct technology has advanced, this type of lighting has become an increasingly popular feature in internal and external architectural lighting schemes. However, it can be notoriously tricky to get right and an effective scheme requires skill, careful planning and clever technology.

Specifying the correct LED fixture is crucial to the overall success of in-direct lighting designs. Here are our six top things to consider when choosing a fitting for your in-direct scheme:

1.       The ability to set the tone with colour versatility

In order to create just the right ambience, you need to control the strength and colour of the light given out. Different combinations of red, green, blue (RGB), warm white, and cold white enable you to fine tune your scheme so that it creates exactly the right type of atmosphere. Whether you want to go bold and shocking or relaxing and understated, a quality fitting is capable of supporting a whole host of different tones.

2.       A linear structure available in a multitude of lengths

Where a spotlight LED is directional, a linear fitting has the advantage of creating a smoother flow of light. Finding a linear LED that is available in a range of lengths means you won’t have to compromise this flow to fit your space.

There’s nothing more frustrating than having to amend your plans because you’re being restricted by your materials. A flexible linear solution will help you to honour the precision of your design.


3.       A light-weight and slimline structure

A good in-direct lighting scheme will create the illusion of light that is floating and detached from a source, which means your fixture needs to be completely hidden to achieve the best results. Choosing a slim and streamlined light fitting enables you to conceal the main structure effectively, leaving only the glow of the light across the surrounding surfaces.

4.       Low surface temperate

The nature of in-direct lighting – particularly interior schemes – means that the light fixture itself may be positioned at close quarters to other objects, such as walls, shelves or interior panelling. It’s therefore essential that you choose an LED fitting with a low surface temperate to ensure your scheme is safe and meets the relevance compliance checks.

5.       A steady, even distribution of light

Successful in-direct lighting creates the desired atmosphere while being barely noticeable. Rather than drawing attention to the source, an in-direct lighting scheme emphases its surroundings and draws your eye around the space.

To achieve this, you need a steady and consistent light source. Choosing a fixture that’s finished, with a clear or opal diffuser, will generate a uniformed surface illumination with no visible LEDs or hotspots.


6.       Created by a trusted manufacturer

The best architectural lighting schemes are born from solid partnerships. Working with an experienced lighting manufacturer means you won’t simply be sold an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution, but will receive honest, valuable feedback that will enhance your scheme.

We manufacture a huge range of fittings suitable for in-direct schemes – both complete and bespoke. Our Azuna linear LED is a popular choice for cove lighting and Proteus is our range of slim, linear LEDs specified widely by lighting designers for in-direct schemes in a range of settings. (Check out our Berkeley Hotel case study to see Proteus in action).


Want to specify linear LED for your next in-direct lighting project? Get in touch with our lighting experts to discuss your project requirements.

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