The Magic of Light - How different light sources impact on colours
Here at Utopia we are still amazed at the plethora of effects that different types of light cast on colours, even after so many years of studying the concept. This enchanting power, that alters one's perception, is a wonderment we want to share with you. Here are a few useful pointers about the basic concept.
- Consider the direction of the sun and its relationship to the walls at different times of the day. A north facing room will have a very moody and intense version of the colour, whilst a south facing room will have stark shadows and light moving around the room during the day, changing both the strength of the colours and the mood of the room.
- The type and strength of artificial light is a major factor in colour perception too. The range on offer is vast including: incandescent bulbs, fluorescents, halogen bulbs, neon, light emitting diodes, candles and oil lamps. The possibilities and variations are endless with cool and warm options (see below) colour changing and sequential, and then of course dimmable - all will affect the colours you choose.
BELOW: one of our transformations where an Edwardian brass chandelier is given a contemporary twist with giant globe dimmable LEDs.
The colour of artificial light has impact too - it is measured on the Kelvin temperature scale where the lower the number the more yellow the light quality and the higher the number the more white or blue the light.
Warm white - 2500K-3000K is the standard colour of incandescent bulbs.
ABOVE: warm white pearl bulb
Bright white/cool white - 3500K-4100K.
Daylight - 5000K-6500K
- Ambient light is atmospheric and thus creates moods and emphasises the dark tones of a colour.
- Task lighting creates flashes or spots of intense colour fading out to shadows.