More than the heart of your home, your kitchen is the one space where every aspect of life happens. Chatting with friends and family, kids doing homework, organising the details of your life – and of course, cooking your meals. With the right lighting, your kitchen becomes more than just a functional area in your home, it becomes the central hub for your lifestyle.
Understanding the science of light makes it possible to create beautiful spaces quickly, effectively and inexpensively using the right lights in the right places. The FUNdamentals covered here are the spring board for all lighting decisions, ensuring sustainability and quality are the key elements in creating great light at home.
Getting your head around what colour means in light can be tricky. It's even more confusing with LED lighting than any previous technologies because the choices now are so diverse! Unfortunately, even though there is a lot of good information available, it can be difficult to work out who's telling the right story. Sadly, there are still some people who are experts in their field making blanket comments about the quality of light from energy efficient LED based on poor colour selection that can be very off putting when you're trying to figure out what the right light is for you.
MINT has been collaborating with Hallbury Homes for the last 12 months to bring our beautiful and unique approach to lighting design to their bespoke luxury builds. We’re bringing transformational light to homes of all shapes and sizes, changing Australian Homes for good.
Adele Locke, founder of MINT Lighting Design is changing the way people consider illumination for their next residential projects. Working directly with the homeowners, builders or architects and interior designers, she is transforming the way light is treated in our homes. We caught up with her recently to find out more about her game changing work.
Perhaps you’ve heard the term ‘Layered Lighting’?? Maybe it made you think of Wedding Cakes, or Winter clothing, but with light? Confusing for sure, how on earth do you “layer” light??. Before we explain, let’s just suggest, that a perfectly lit room should have the 3 basic layers to make for beautiful, functional and sustainable lighting in your home.
The notion of perfect mirror lighting is really quite simple - you need to have the light BETWEEN your face and the mirror to chase those shadows away and let you see yourself in all your glory! But how you achieve that is the bigger question?
It seems obvious really - stairs can be dangerous things, even for grown adults! But often very little thought goes into lighting them, and whilst there are many tried and true solutions, there's a few key things to keep in mind when thinking about lighting stairs to create the best result.
Lighting a walk-in robe or closet tips, advice and solutions - Imagine being able to turn on lighting in your walk-in wardrobe or closet and see everything perfectly - colours and textures in your clothes, and then walk over to the perfectly lit mirror and check out your outfit in perfect light, that throws no shadows.
Organising the supply chain for any kind of build can be a complex and mystifying process, especially if you are managing it yourself. Leaving purchasing of lighting or any other item to the last minute can have massive impacts on your on-site progress, often resulting in cost blow-outs as trades overlap and missing elements prevent final completion.
The temptation when designing a dining room (or more often these days, a dining zone within your open living space) is to make the lighting pendant the feature of the space, for your WOW piece - that amazing pendant that makes your heart sing! We're all for that of course - but the greater question is how to bring the flexibility in - without losing the delight of the dramatic.
Building light into joinery can also create a levitating effect, and really lift the feel of a room. Especially rooms with limited natural light. A smaller room can be visually expanded by having light hidden away into joinery and behind mirrors. A large room can actually be lit effectively by hiding light into the architecture and using the room as a luminaire. Completely hidden source, but brilliant bright room. Clever stuff indeed.
The questions when lighting a "living breathing" feature like a fire, are - do we light the fire surround? Add decorative features above the fire? create drama with texture? or allow the fire to take centre stage and hide all of the general lighting in the room away into the architecture?
At MINT the key focus in our lighting design for a passive house - is to minimise energy consumption throughout the home….this is achieved by effective selection of LED luminaires [light fittings], and by avoiding downlights and recessed lighting - WHY’s that?…so as not to impact on the building envelope and reduce the thermal integrity of the home.
We've uncovered five easy ways to describe how light behaves in a room. These five effect descriptions can be applied to any light fitting, and they form the core of the language we use to describe how light should behave in a room to craft the "right light"
Oversize pendants are fantastic for creating a human scale in a large space, and usually, industrial style is used in large spaces to break them up and give them personality. So think BIG when choosing your pendants - and with all those hard surfaces, think fabric too - it'll help control the noise levels in your exposed brick/concrete room.
OK so, the first step is to get involved with the lighting selection and not leave it for the last minute so your only choice is cheap downlights....the next step is to review current trends and advances in lighting TECHNOLOGY and figure out if they add value to your life and your home.
Probably the biggest benefit to professional advice - which is strongly based in the science and mathematics behind light, is understanding that light isn't just downlights - and that you can create bright, dynamic spaces without pockmarking your ceiling.
At the other end of the spectrum we find these magnificent light art installations, sometimes created for a special event, and in some commercial projects, fibreoptics are used to create amazing, dramatic interactive experiences for people.
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Whether your home is Modern or Traditional in style, the lighting at your entrance will define how you feel every day that you come home after dark. You can choose to create dramatic lighting effects, or soft voluminous light, both can work beautifully - just don't leave it to the last minute and end up with a single downlight, or oyster at the front door and cheap BBQ lights around the perimeter of your home. You deserve so much more.
Lighting for outdoor living is completely different to lighting indoors. You don't want to be blasted with light - you want to get a sense of the entire space, and enjoy sitting in gentle light that inspires hours of conversation with friends and family.
Installing light inside your cupboards is fantastic for functionality, and also means you need less light in the room overall because any “detail work” you do is task lit. Brilliant! If you plan for this early enough in your project, it’s also a very cheap, simple solution. Forget to plan for it however, and you might find it costs a bit more to get the cables to the right place. Never lose that favourite pair of shoes, or tin of soup again!
Creating two completely unique lighting solutions to mirror image townhouses, gave the MINT team a fantastic opportunity to explore the variety of lighting solutions that bring that special WOW factor to any home.
So many images and TV shows show decorative lighting hanging right up close to the ceiling. At MINT, we say NO to that. Think of decorative lighting as jewellery for your home. You should love it - you'll be looking at it every day. Pendant lighting (and all other decorative lighting for that matter) should make you smile, bring the sparkle to your home and be the perfect accessory for your interior decoration and design.
Throwing light up onto your ceiling is a spectacular way of making your rooms feel larger and more open. Instead of having all that light screaming down at you from downlights, if you select a high performing, minimal wall light, you can fill an entire room, that may have taken 6 downlights, with beautiful light from one or two uplights.
The most obvious solution to lighting a timber ceiling is to use uplight - you've invested time, money and passion into that design - show it off!! The warm light, and ambient brightness will improve your mood at home, and creates a dramatic effect.
Over the last few years, we've seen the "Carbon" or "Edison" lamp explode into the marketplace. Whilst we understand the attraction, there are a few things worth knowing about this style of light globe (lamp) to make the best selection for your home or project
MINT Lighting launched Adele's first book - AUTHENTIC LIGHT - Made in Melbourne (you can buy a copy here now) to a crowd of over 60 designers and design lovers with live music and champagne. It was a fantastic night all round, and a wonderful display of the talented designers of Melbourne.