With the right mood lighting, you create a special atmosphere for different requirements. A cozy seating area requires a different lighting mood than the study or bathroom. In fact, the right light not only creates the right mood but can also influence well-being and even health. Here you can find out what needs to be considered for optimum lighting.
What is the lighting mood?
The lighting mood is an interplay of the type of lighting, the color temperature and the brightness. In general, a cozy lighting mood is distinguished from a neutral or rather cool lighting mood. The different aspects of the lighting in a room create a very individual lighting atmosphere. For this reason, while there is no magic recipe for an optimal result, there are a few tips that you can follow to create the desired mood.
Mood depending on the area of application
The use of a room or area is often decisive for the desired atmosphere. For example, different lighting is required in the study or in the kitchen than in the living room or bedroom. A ceiling light is often sufficient for functional lighting, but the right lighting atmosphere can only be achieved through a harmonious mixture of different types of lighting. A distinction is made between the following types of lighting for your home lighting concepts:
- basic lighting
- indirect lighting
- accent lighting
- working lights
Each type of lighting has specific properties, making it suitable for different areas.
Basic lighting is usually used in the form of a ceiling light. It ensures that a room is illuminated over a wide area and ideally it is dimmable so that you can change the lighting mood in no time at all.
Indirect lighting can be achieved, for example, with LED strips behind furniture or above a false ceiling, but also with spotlights aimed at a wall. Indirect light does not cast any shadows and provides even, cozy illumination – the perfect addition to the basic lighting.
Lamps and spotlights can be used for accent lighting to illuminate special pieces of furniture or decorative elements and thus set the scene.
Work lighting is used wherever concentration is required or there should be sufficient brightness for certain activities – for example in offices or in the kitchen.
It’s all in the mix
The right lighting mood is often only achieved through a combination of several types of lighting – an interplay of diffuse and spotlighting makes a room look cozy and at the same time sets exciting accents.
Rooms or areas that are used for different activities at different times pose a particular challenge. Ideally, the various types of lighting can be combined in different ways or are dimmable in order to create a different mood with little effort. For example, the same area can be illuminated brightly enough for a meal with friends to set the scene for the meal in an atmospheric way, but later accompany a movie night with a more cozy lighting atmosphere.
The Effect of Light
The lighting in a room not only provides sufficient light for various activities, but also for a certain lighting mood that can directly influence our mood. On the one hand, colors can have a certain effect on us in the sense of color therapy, on the other hand, even minimal gradations of brightness and/or color temperature can have a decisive influence on our well-being. The right lighting can even support the biorhythm and vice versa, unfavorable or even wrong lighting can disturb it.
Lighting mood and biorhythm
The day and night rhythm in particular is controlled by the hormone melatonin, which is produced to a greater or lesser extent depending on the intensity and color temperature of the light. For example, subdued light with a low blue content ensures increased production, and the body is prepared for a restful sleep – which is why melatonin is also called the “sleep hormone”. During the day, bright light with a high proportion of blue – ideally daylight – reduces the release of the hormone: we are awake, alert, and concentrated.
Modern LED lamps are available in different light colors. The light color is also referred to as color temperature and is given in Kelvin (K). A basic distinction is made between these color temperatures:
- Warm white: below 3,300 K
- Neutral White: 3300K – 5300K
- Daylight white: over 5,300 K
In general, the lower the temperature, the redder the light appears. Above a temperature of 5,300 K, the light appears increasingly bluish as the temperature rises.
Colored light by RGB lights
With RGB LED lights, you can set a specific color to achieve a very specific lighting mood. We know from color therapy that green light, for example, has an activating effect and can promote creativity. This makes it ideal for work and living rooms.
Yellow light, on the other hand, has a relaxing effect and can be used, for example, after a long day to recharge your batteries. Orange or red have a calming effect and are a good alternative to dimmed white light, especially in the evening. Incidentally, when used sparingly, red light can stimulate the senses and promote activity.
More tips for mood lighting
The right choice of lamps is important for the lighting atmosphere. In addition to the desired light color, luminous efficacy and brightness are also crucial aspects. Depending on the area of application, you should also make sure that the LED light is dimmable or that the light color can be adjusted. When setting up or attaching the lights, care should be taken to avoid dazzling – including indirectly through reflections, for example in panes.