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DETERMINE VISUAL FUNCTIONS AND TASKS

LIGHTING LAYERS
Ambient

Ambient lighting is uniform lighting that does not cast a directional shadow. It “minimizes form and bulk and dematerializes spaces" [1].

ambient
Focal

Focal lighting is directional lighting that has a focus or a center. It “marks the most important elements” in a space [2].

focal
Sparkle or Decorative

Sparkle or Decorative layer is “scintillation”. It is “a tiny bombardment of points of light” that stimulates the body and senses [3].

sparkle
Task

Task lighting is provided based on the work to be conducted in a space, over and above the ambient illumination levels in a space [4].

task
References

1. Gary Gordon, Interior Lighting for Designers, 4th ed. (New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: 2003), 14-16.
2. Ibid., 16.
3. Ibid., 16-17.
4. Mark Karlen and James Benya, Lighting Design Basics. (New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2004), 56.

 

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