Good Questions: How to Hide the Light?

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Hello AT,

My husband and I are renovating a recently purchased apartment. We have one large living space (appx 540 sq ft) and would like to use light to carve out the lounge, work space and kitchen/dining areas within. Is it realistic to accomplish this without making light fixtures the apartment's aesthetic focal point?...

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I am attaching a computer simulation of the space, and should add that we both dislike fluorescent light.

Can anyone help resolve our difficulty deciding on the type and position of the light fixtures?

Many thanks! Veli

Dear Veli,

Very nice pic! Can you insert light to shape the space without adding visible fixtures? Yes, of course you can, and you would do it in very much the way you have pictured: by installing light fixtures in or on your ceiling that would create indirect light baths down your walls.

If you have lights recessed into the ceiling, these would shine light directly down on the room without creating glare on the eye. Use flood bulbs to diffuse the light in this case.

In short it's either recessed or track lighting.

Where? Spread track light evenly around the room about 4-5 feet off of the walls so that the light can be directed at the wall. Recessed lighting can be dotted about the ceiling evenly.

Anyone else?

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