Low-Level Lighting - a New Decorative Aesthetic

Low-level lighting is a fantastic decorative element that can help brighten your home both inside and out.
Low-Level Lighting - a New Decorative Aesthetic

Last update: 20 September, 2020

Low-level lighting is the perfect way to create a warm, relaxing, and peaceful atmosphere for your home. This unusual aesthetic can completely transform the look and feel of your space, helping to achieve a more welcoming environment.

When it comes to lighting our homes, most of us generally opt for classic ceiling lights, either in the form of recessed bulbs, or hanging lampshades. However, there are other options out there, which can open up a whole new world of aesthetic possibilities.

The main aim when decorating any room is to create an environment you feel comfortable in. At the same time, we all want a home that we can show off to our friends and family. So, whether you want to impress your guests, redecorate for a special occasion, or you simply want to treat yourself, now’s the time to do something different, and look for alternative ways to decorate.

Low-level lighting – what can it bring to your home?

Low-level staircase lighting.

Low-level lighting is a great way to break away from more conventional lighting trends. As the name suggests, these lights are installed in floors and on lower sections of the walls, rather than on the ceiling. Needless to say, this changes both their functionality and the aesthetic impact they have on our homes.

For example, many people choose to install small spotlights into their floors, which can direct the light either vertically or horizontally. Low-level lighting is usually low-intensity and isn’t powerful enough to light an entire room. Instead, it offers soft, directional lighting.

These lights are well-known for creating a tranquil, relaxing, and peaceful environment. When it comes to lighting your home, we’d always advise using warm rather than white lighting, which tends to create a stark, cold atmosphere. We’d also recommend using LED lightbulbs, which are usually more efficient and can help you save energy.

With these lights, you can create something truly innovative.

Lighting your yard – ground lights and post lights

Post lights.

If you enjoy sitting out in your yard at night, it’s always worth taking the time to create a warm, cozy atmosphere. You’ll need to think carefully about the plants, flowers, and ornaments you want to include, paying close attention to the look and feel of your garden as a whole. At the same time, you can also use the lighting to create a unique and sophisticated environment.

Ground lights are often inserted directly into the soil itself, helping them to blend naturally into the space. Some models even come with a built-in motion sensor. Let’s take a look at some of the different options to help inspire you:

1. People often use ground lights to illuminate their garden paths. This can be done by lining the edge of the walkways, or by adding a couple of lights at either end of the path. This is a really elegant and stylish way to help you and your guests navigate your yard at night.

2. Another option is to arrange the lights along the length of your garden wall so that the light reflects off the surface. This produces a really beautiful effect and creates a charming and intimate setting for your yard.

3. Rather than embedding them in the ground, post lights can simply be placed wherever you need them most. They’re low in height and are a great way to light up your entire yard. Alternatively, you can also use them to illuminate your paths or to highlight a specific feature of your garden. There’s a huge range of styles and designs on offer, so you can find one to suit your space.

4. Finally, we want to give a special mention to garden lamps and lanterns, which are ideal for giving your yard a more classical feel.

Low-level lighting to illuminate your interiors

Low-level lighting - LED strip lighting.

As a general rule, our homes are usually lit from above, producing a general light source that helps to illuminate the entire room. However, there is another way to create a calm, relaxing, and pleasant atmosphere.

Low-level wall lights can be an interesting aesthetic option for hallways and living rooms. It’s important to note that these are more decorative than they are functional, as they have no real practical usage.

In some cases, low-level wall lighting takes the form of strip lights, while in others, the light is produced by recessed bulbs that are completely hidden from view. Alternatively, the lights can be spaced evenly around the room, with each bulb positioned so that it casts its light in a specific direction.

Low-level lighting – integrated baseboard lights

Low-level lighting - integrated baseboard lights.

If you’re looking for a way to combine different decorative components, integrated baseboard spotlights are a fantastic option. This is a great way to generate a sense of distinction and sophistication. Arranging the lights in a uniform pattern helps to create a sort of rhythm, especially if you use them to light up your stairs.

Hotels and commercial buildings often take advantage of this type of lighting, as well as public parks. When used properly, it can have a stunning visual impact, helping spaces feel warm and inviting.

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