Determining a fixture’s purpose always has to come first before selecting your design of choice. If you own beautifully crafted lighting but use its illumination incorrectly, it will look noticeably out of place. To avoid this mistake, we defined the difference between using direct lighting and indirect lighting.
Direct lighting casts an illumination from the fixture onto a desired subject or area. Because this is a straightforward radiation, it acts as task lighting that functions to help daily tasks (e.g., reading, cooking, writing, & studying).
WHEN TO USE DIRECT LIGHTING:
Because it radiates powerful illumination, it is best used for detailed tasks and productive activities. It also becomes ideal in providing light to a subject that needs more focus. However, when using an overly powerful fixture, your subject may appear too harsh. Look into dimmers for adjustability.
WHERE TO USE DIRECT LIGHTING:
Use this mainly in areas that require stronger illumination such as an office space, dining room, and study area. We recommend The Metropolis Suspension that features up to 8,200LM and independently-controlled high-output bisectional hemispheres. Other areas to use direct lighting are in bathroom vanities, living rooms, artwork, countertops, and undercabinets.
Indirect lighting utilizes a fixture as a source to spread light outside just one target object. This is to create ambient lighting, also known as general lighting, which helps you navigate your way around the space. It also accentuates a space or provides a reflective light.
WHEN TO USE INDIRECT LIGHTING:
Opt for indirect lighting if you want an illuminated room without casting a harsh light beam. Commonly used to create ambiance, indirect lighting usually just adds overall brightness of a space.
WHERE TO USE INDIRECT LIGHTING:
Indirect lighting can be used in areas where you want a softer light to relax or set a mood. We recommend the THIN Multiples with fully rotatable segments you can adjust on-site to customize both direct and indirect lighting experiences. You can also create longer runs with its magnetic connectors.