The Importance of Lighting
The goal of interior design is to create beautiful, functional spaces that feel effortless and welcoming. The work of picking out just the right materials, furniture, color palette, etc. can be for naught if the lighting of the space isn’t appropriate. How much light is needed? What tasks will be done in the space? In addition to being functional, lighting is also an aesthetic component of design. Are there architectural components or artwork that should be highlighted? Or a room or entrance that can be highlighted by a dramatic fixture? By working with your Interior Designer to provide layers of light throughout (ambient, task, accent, etc.), you are guaranteed to get a beautifully lit space.
California is leading the way with implementing Building Energy Efficiency Program (Title 24) which requires the use of high efficacy lighting solutions and includes a Color Rendering Index (CRI) requirement of minimum of 90 (CA Title 24 - Lighting Requirements). Daylight has a CRI of 100, so the higher the index the clearer the color (see picture below for examples).