Decorative lighting based on LED strips or individual led lights are used in the interior of bars, cafes, theaters, other public places, as well as private houses and apartments. At one time, this type of lighting was costly unnecessarily expensive, but soon the situation changed for the better. Today, diode tapes and lamps are used everywhere, from the production of outdoor advertising to furniture.
Installation Goals and Backlight Benefits
Installing a home decorative lighting is worth it for many reasons. The first group includes the practical properties of the luminaries themselves, namely:
- Efficiency (low energy consumption compared to conventional lamps);
- Environmental friendliness (absolutely harmless and safe);
- Long service life (up to several years);
- Large range (warm and cold, colored lights, different power).
Diode lamps are represented by two main types: individual lamps (built-in, mounted outside to furniture, walls) and tapes, sold in whole rolls. The latter can be mounted directly to the surface of walls, ceilings, cabinets, and wind up in transparent cable channels, baseboards. Installation of LED backlight should be entrusted to a specialist because it needs to be connected to the controller, the power supply network, protection from damage and external factors. Conveniently, the backlight will turn on from motion sensors or individual switches, depending on the purpose of its use.
Decorative lights are used for different purposes:
- for decoration, highlighting some zones, objects, creating visual effects;
- for the second scenario of dimmed lighting;
- for additional lighting of working areas, corners, zoning of premises.
Where can and should be installed decorative lighting?
Since we are talking about your apartment or your own home, you are free to install LED strips or ice-lamps, where you only want. The main thing is to choose the right script, tone, and shade. Bright red, neon, blue LEDs are not recommended to be installed in private rooms. For a bedroom, nursery, bathroom suitable soft diffused light of warm, yellowish hue. Bright or cold lighting is needed to illuminate work surfaces, interior details. It is important to remember about safety, selecting diode tapes for “wet” areas: bathroom, toilet, and kitchen. Otherwise, it all depends on your imagination.
Stairs, baseboards, dark long corridors
For practical reasons, it is customary to mount decorative lighting around the perimeter of the stairs, highlighting steps, railings, and contours of structures. It would also be logical to install diode ribbons, hiding them in baseboards with cable channels, in long corridors, dressing rooms, and storerooms. Such lighting does not give a lot of bright light but will allow you to walk all over the apartment at night without stumbling and falling. At the same time, you will not wake up other households. A very convenient option for large families, where there are small children, elderly relatives, besides it is also very beautiful (the photo only confirms what has been said).
Niches, cornices, columns, showcases, and other objects
LED lamps (including mounted or built-in) can be used to highlight the architectural elements of the room. Dim backlighting of columns, niches, protrusions, stucco elements on the ceiling will emphasize the beauty of the living room, hall, and bedroom; give the room a zest, some kind of mystery. If you collect any items, collect dishes, photographs, figurines, give your collection a favorable light, paving the diodes around the inner perimeter of small niches, display cabinets, sideboards, kitchen cabinets with transparent doors and open shelves of glass, as in the photo.
Illumination of the ice-lamps, reinforced from the wrong side of paintings, photo frames, will give expressiveness to these objects of decor. In the classic interior will be more appropriate lamps directional lights, mounted outside. For modern apartments, you can purchase frames with built-in LEDs.
A highlight, you can select almost any object, but ice-lamps are especially beautiful in harmony with the glass, mirror, transparent and glossy surfaces of mirrors, aquariums, and ribbons fixed on cornices and curtains will be reflected in the windows, creating a magical effect.
Decorative ceiling lights – a controversial decision
For a long time, LEDs were used exclusively to decorate multi-tiered and tension flows. Of them created the whole picture, ceilings with the effect of the starry sky and other installations. Today, multi-level, complex, curly ceilings are almost out of fashion. However, this does not prevent designers from successfully using diode tapes and spotlights for various interior purposes. For example, decorative lighting around the perimeter of the ceiling directed upwards visually lifts it makes the room taller, more spacious. Enhance the effect will help mirrors or rather a narrow mirror strip under the ceiling.
In the classical and close to them directions light lighting of stucco, ceiling moldings of warm color is allowed. In modern interiors, ceiling LEDs can be dotted, in the center, in the form of some figure, figure, or even go across the entire room, dividing it into two zones.
In the bedroom
Decorative lighting in the interior of the bedroom will help create a romantic lighting script, a muffled evening option, soothing before going to bed. LEDs can be installed at the head of the bed, to emphasize some details of the room. Classic techniques also work well: the lights around the perimeter of the room, installed in the baseboard, the lighting of the bedside tables, paintings, and window covers.
On the kitchen
In the kitchen, diode lighting is a must, especially in the work area. Typically, central ceiling lights do not provide enough light, illuminating only one work area, a dining table or an island structure. Separate light bulbs can be installed at the bottom of the top row cabinets, and it will become easier and more convenient for you to chop vegetables or peel fish. Alternative options: LED tape in the cable channel or glass work apron (skin) with built-in lights and a pattern to your taste.
An additional scenario of romantic lighting or a fun party will be created by warm LEDs embedded in transparent cabinets or bright colored led lights. Focus on the choice of lighting on the style and design of your kitchen. For example, in a futuristic, minimalist or high-tech interior of the apartment, a hanging kitchen set with illumination along the lower perimeter would be appropriate, as if floating in the air, as in the photo below.
Illumination of beds, kitchens and other furnishings of apartments today is actively used by furniture manufacturers. Such “hanging” in the air beds, tables, bedside tables, as well as plumbing can be purchased in a ready-made version. The effect of such furniture is simply amazing as if you were transported to the future by a time machine. Another option is LED podium trim.
If you are not a supporter of futurism and hi-tech, furniture built-in illumination from LEDs is useful in classic interiors. For example, it is very convenient to use spotlights in wardrobes, walk-in closets, deep and narrow cabinets, in hallways. Great idea – the backlight mirror “on the wrong side.” The warm light around the mirror in the bedroom, bathroom, in the hallway will help to make the perfect makeup, hair, to choose the outfit, and a strong half of humanity will not refuse such a useful function, and the photo below confirms this.
What styles of interior combined lighting?
It is believed that the LED lights in the interior of the apartment are ideally suited to modern design directions. LEDs of any shades and intensity will perfectly fit into the style of futurism, hi-tech, pop art, minimalism. In the loft-style apartment, the lighting will give softness and comfort; in rooms decorated in the style of art deco, neoclassicism or modern, it is recommended to use only warm and invisible light fixtures to highlight eating areas, showcases, sideboards, kitchen cabinets, decor items, art objects. It is almost impossible to “enter” the LEDs in the village, palace and ethnic interior styles: Mediterranean, country, rococo, classic, Provence, Chebbi chic. The only option is to quietly integrate the point light into the ceiling beams, cornices, and other architectural elements.