Lighting solutions for passing spaces
Lighting solutions for passing spaces
Proyecto de Fis Interiorismo con Viva Llum

Although they’re an essential and unavoidable part of a home’s floor plan, passing spaces are usually largely forgotten when it comes to solving the architecture and lighting. However, not taking the time to plan the lighting of these spaces can distort and ruin the overall idea of a project. Therefore, it’s important to give them the attention they deserve, as adequate transitional lighting between different rooms will redefine and enhance the design concept.

As a general rule, we recommend warm colour temperatures, close to 3000K. Excessively orange lighting below 2700K will cause strong contrasts during the day, while 5000K or 6000K colour temperatures can be very unpleasant and annoying when night falls. On top of all this, one has to take into account the geometry, dimensions, materials or possible elements that may be incorporated into these rooms such as decorative paintings, works of art or treasured souvenirs. Be that as it may, at Lluria we have a series of recommendations in order to offer these often-forgotten spaces the lighting they deserve.

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Today, indirect linear lighting in ceiling pits is undoubtedly one of the most elegant ways to illuminate halls and corridors. For this, we suggest using INSIDE IP20 LED strips with powers between 9.2 W/m and 14.4 W/m, so long as the size of the hall is not noticeably larger than usual. Linear profiles such as ST4 PLUS are essential for the installation as they work well with the long life-span of the LED chips. In addition to all this, it is highly recommended to incorporate translucent or opaque diffusers as they will sift the light to achieve a perfect and homogeneous bathing of surfaces.

Another unique way to illuminate corridors or passageways is through recessed light lines on the sides of the wall, which can either be completely hidden or semi-hidden. For this we have a range of technical solutions with the ST recessed profiles. If the partitions are made of laminated plasterboard, we recommend using the STAR 69 curved profile to create a uniform and filtered linear light along the route, avoiding glares. We also suggest integrating motion detectors into the system. This will make it easier when you get up at night as you won’t have to stumble around looking for light switches.

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As a counterpart to the commonly named roof portholes, which are standard in the vast majority of homes, we propose a direct linear lighting solution to prevent spots or light cones that contribute nothing to the side surfaces of these spaces. The Altair and Avior recessed luminaires can reach up to two metres in length and their perimeter profile in different finishes will hide any defects in the laminated plasterboard’s cut hole. If the house has a continuous ceiling, you can always opt for ST surface profiles: their simple and elegant lines will add decorative value. In any case, the most important thing is to incorporate an opal diffuser that filters and emits a diffused and general light distribution along the passage.

We often take advantage of passing spaces to dress and decorate our home with paintings and other works of art. Unfortunately, in this type of situation the light is usually duplicated unnecessarily using general ceiling lighting, to which we add luminaires directed towards the decorative elements. Is it possible to unify the lighting of these spaces? With CASTOR wall lights you can adequately illuminate works of art and at the same time emit a functional, safe and transitional light. You can also select the colour temperature that best suits the finishes and choose the luminaire model that best suits the size of the work.

We can safely say that spot and direct lighting is a thing of the past. We hope that our suggested lighting solutions will help you rethink the way you incorporate lighting into the passing spaces of a home.