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india Updated: Apr 03, 2009 17:57 IST
Chesta Wadhwani
Chesta Wadhwani
Hindustan Times
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Classical lighting is passe. Downlighters (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, swarovski crystal light and floor lamps are in vogue.

“Floor lamps are handy and great space savers. They sit pretty at the 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 the occupants. From theatre lighting to vibrant lighting, the mood lighting theory encompasses 15 moods.

“Relaxed lighting is a favourite as many soft lights help relieve stress,” says Sawla. Automatic installation starts from Rs 50,000. 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 (tube lights), 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.

On a light-er note
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.