Tips: How to Light Up Wooden Beams
These solutions have a fascinating range and a fantastic sense of history, but they can also present some problems related to lighting, with very high ceilings in some places, windows that are often too big, and sometimes very small rooms with low ceilings hidden under the projections. .
Here are some smart ideas that our designers have adopted to illuminate attics and open space attic with magnificent old beams; as well as excellent solutions to illuminate all kinds of “difficult” spaces with exposed beams.
1. Use the electrified tracks
An electrified track is a machine-made structure that contains one or more lighting supports and can have more than one circuit for maximum flexibility. Here, a thin profile is suspended from the ceiling to offer a complete solution. Although it is quite massive, the profile is mirrored, a finish that makes it more harmonious.
The discreet keypad next to the door is connected to a lighting control system: the different lights of the large open space can be controlled individually by pressing a button.
2. Illuminate where you need it
Often the temptation is to place the lights on the beams but, if the heights allow it, a suspended track like this is a good solution, which keeps the effect of the wood clean and tidy.
A track can be a circuit (this means that the lights turn on and off together) but, in an environment as large as this, where you may want lights suitable for activities or different moments, it would be appropriate to use a track with three circuits . It offers you the possibility of dividing the environment into three separate areas: for example, a light spot on the dining table, one on the island and another to illuminate the environment as a whole – although they are physically positioned all on the same binary.
3. Do not light up the small spaces too much
This bathroom is located under the water table and is an example of how little light can be the right choice when dealing with small spaces.
The recessed lighting placed behind the shower emphasizes the tiles and makes the space seem larger. Even the light in the corner is interesting because it “raises” the ceiling.
4. Divide areas with the lights
The space is mainly illuminated by the lights embedded in the floor and by light points on the beams, which together create the glow on the ceiling and the large amount of light at ground level.
A more localized lighting allows the different areas to be functional and welcoming: for example, the light that points on the shelves in the kitchen area.
5. Use light points as an architecture
While many rooms require discreetly hidden lights, in this modern kitchen no attempt has been made to hide the lights or their structure.
In fact, the steel corner supports intelligently take up the structure of the beams and are an extraordinary statement of their importance.
6. Create points of light that fit well with the ancient beams
The track for functional lighting but tensioned to a minimum offers a good work light in this kitchen.
In addition to the practical lighting provided by the track and the occasional down light, where possible an accent lighting was also designed to enhance the antique wood.