Light Aesthetics Over Utility

How Decorative Lighting is More About Aesthetics and Less About Purposes

Lighting conversations at Klove are often sparked by aspects of decorative lighting. And with each passing day, there seems to be a growing consensus, or the growing Klove consensus, on one thing that when it comes to decoding the striking modern aspect of decorative lighting, aesthetics far outweighs utility. However, this is a fairly new revelation. And it is only now that across the globe conversations at design houses veer towards the most critical aspect of the entire decorative lighting process, which is aesthetics. One of the major reasons for this is the difficulty in establishing what aesthetic lighting is or the factors that one should keep in mind while designing or installing decorative lighting fixtures that highlight and accentuate the aesthetics of the environment or space.

There are a lot of factors, which influence the aesthetic quality of lighting. Klove has been pushing for aesthetic innovation by maintaining the right amount and texture of luminescence, attaining the correct interplay between different lighting elements, balancing the density or the number of lighting fixtures that is used and finally measuring the utility quotient, in other words see how appropriate the lighting is for practical purposes.

The desired amount of luminescence depends on what light accents and gradients need to be highlighted and what proportion of light different elements of the space require.  In a particular decorative light fixture, the red accents might be highlighted and the ceiling might get proportionally more amount of light that the other elements.  The correct interplay between lighting elements means the ideal use of colours and contrasts, and the use of shadows to highlight spatial features.  The density or the number of lighting fixtures depends on the volume and geometry of the shape.

It is the interplay between these dimensions that makes aesthetic lighting difficult and complex to create. Likewise, the Klove decorative lighting design repertoire is informed by the fundamental understanding of light and its various characteristics like luminescence, colour palettes, shadows and contrasts, space and utility. However, this list is not exhaustive as there are many subtle elements that the designer needs to take into account like individual preference and historical importance to create a decorative fixture that correctly addresses both the aesthetic and the utilitarian dimensions.


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