Project update

After my yarn globe dried I popped and slowly deflated the ball. I thought I would need to be super careful while doing this step but the globe is quite stiff and could handle a less then delicate manipulation. The shape held up amazingly well and it looks pretty awesome but there is one thing I don't really like about it. I found that the glue created a flaky coating over the entire piece. This could be painstakingly removed but I got a little impatient half way through and didn't quite remove all the glue. You will be able to see this in the photos below. You can also check out the whole project by clicking here.

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Here is how it looks as a light fixture, I love how the light shines through the gaps in the yarn.  I would consider making more of these but may try a different method to try and avoid the flaky glue.  

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Since I did a project on a light fixture I thought what would be a better topic to talk about other than lighting. I will attempt to make this a week long segment but I am not sure if there are 5 days worth of lighting. 

Types of Lighting

Lighting is generally separated into three categories:

Ambient lighting:

General lighting for the room that is typically provided by one fixture on the ceiling or wall. This can also be a natural source like a window, solar tunnel or skylight. A large room may need multiple fixtures or windows to illuminate the entire space. It is a good rule of thumb to start by selecting the ambient fixture and then working in other lights that compliment it.

The central chandelier would be the main source for ambient lighting at night and the window during the day. 

Task Lighting:

Concentrated lighting to complete daily tasks. An example would be a shower light, vanity mirror light or reading fixture. They are also critical in the kitchen as under counter lighting or spot task lights to be able to prep food without the possibility of cutting yourself. You need to be able to see what you are doing.

The under counter lighting above the stove provides a great amount of lighting for the task of cooking. 

Accent Lighting: 

Lighting that is used to highlight a feature in the room, furniture or art piece. They are usually subtle as to not take away from the actual accent but will not provide enough light to complete a task or navigate the room. The bulbs they require are typically a lower wattage and cast a soft dim light.

The lighting the runs above the bed creates a neat accent along the wall but would not provide enough light to read or move around the room.

Each kind provides light for a different purpose and you can achieve good lighting by layering all three. 

Word of the Day: Arc

The light caused by an electrical discharge between two electrodes in a gas such as argon or air. 

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AuthorCamille Pacori