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Light and easy

Classical lighting is passe. Downligters (heavy metal fixtures with two lamps) are being replaced by wall lamps and hanging lamps Chesta Wadhwani on how to brighten up your rooms...

india Updated: Mar 16, 2009 19:00 IST

Classical lighting is passe. Downligters (heavy metal fixtures with two lamps) are being replaced by wall lamps and hanging lamps. The salt in the air makes metal fixtures rust easily, making them difficult to clean.

With contemporary, hassle-free decor being the norm, designer chandeliers, sarvoski crystal light and floor lamps are in vogue. “Floor lamps are handy and great space savers. They sit pretty at a height of four feet,” says interior designer Ankur Sawala.

Set the mood
Another hit is the lighting automation system. This kind of an installation can change the ambience in a room depending on the mood of those sitting there. From theatre lighting to vibrant lighting, the mood lighting theory encompasses 15 moods.

“Relaxed lighting is the favourite with many soft lights helping to relieve stress,” says Sawla.

Automatic installation starts from Rs 50, 000 and the sky is the limit. Power-saving lighting options including LEDs and CFS (compact fluorescent lamps) too are in demand for their soothing illumination.

There are three different kinds of lighting: direct usually tubelights, inverted and ceiling lighting that you see in restaurants and specific lighting like downlighters with halogens and LEDs. There’s also mood lighting that weave together
different colours.

The dining area and the passage should be brightly lit. The bedroom should have a soft yellow light. The sitting area should be a combination of yellow and white.

Interior designer Niketa Mehta suggests that those with theme-based walls should opt for soft lighting to enhance the decor. “For instance, a wall with pictures comes to life with soft white lighting,” she says. “Lights can make a small and modest place look lively and lovely.”