29.09.2014 / Museum & Gallery Lighting
We all know that there are standards for horizontal illuminations. Different surfaces need a different amount of illuminance, measured in lux, to provide sufficient light for the designated work and tasks. However, vertical illumination is as important in creating comfortable, pleasant spaces.
This factor is often forgotten, especially in case of interior architecture. Illuminating vertical planes allows us to perceive the proportions and limits of the space. It also majorly contributes towards our impression of brightness in the space. Even with high lux readings on tabletops or floor, a room will not appear bright and open unless vertical surfaces are illuminated.
There are several ways to create vertical illumination. Installing luminaires on the wall is an obvious option. With wall luminaires such as MiMo and Luna, light is cast towards the wall around the luminaire body, eliminating the glare factor. When illuminating walls from a distance, one should take care about glare and uniformity.
Vizi and Vizible track systems offer wide and narrow beam spotlights that can be installed close to a wall, creating an even or focused illumination.
Of downlights, Lux Eco Asym and Si 20WW are specifically meant for wall washing purposes – when installed near a wall, the wide, uniform light beam hits the vertical surface instead of direct downlighting.
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Written by: Johanna-Mai Vihalem, Masters in Lighting Design, Neue