An introduction to linear lighting

You may be more familiar with the term strip lighting, yet gone are the days of long fluorescent lighting tubes being ugly and only for schools and workplaces!

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Linear lighting has been through its very own revolution whilst the wider environmental energy-saving revolution has been happening. Linear lighting has also adopted LED technologies and since then, it has come on in leaps and bounds.

Many choices

Linear lights come in a range of shapes, sizes and shades and can be very tastefully embedded into a ceiling, a piece of furniture, above a bathroom mirror or behind a fish tank. Linear lighting really is an art form in itself, and modern spaces lend themselves perfectly to the slim and subtle designs with clear and uncluttered spaces.

So how does linear lighting work and when is it best to use it?

The appeal of linear lighting has very much coincided with changes in architectural tastes and new design ideas. Architects are now able to incorporate linear lighting into their designs and will ask lighting specialists to recommend the specific size, shape, shade and material for the required space. Linear lighting is highly flexible, as it can be used on almost any ceiling material and can be displayed a number of different ways – more exposed, more concealed, suspended or arranged around corners and awkward spaces. Lights can be connected like pieces of a jigsaw to create a highly dramatic effect

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Using linear lighting in public spaces

One of the original uses for strip or linear lights was for offices and public spaces, which can still be seen today. However, modern day lighting specialists have taken this to a new, more striking and impressive level. An article from the Guardian newspaper, shows just how stunning curved linear lighting can look when used in a bright open public space. The curvature of the lighting follows the curvature of the ceiling, creating a beautifully striking ergonomic space. University campuses, libraries and hospital buildings have all stressed the importance not only of natural light but also mood lighting to help create a warm, inviting atmosphere where people can relax.

LED linear lights are particularly effective in mood spaces which require different light shades, they come in a range of subtle and warm shades making them perfect for human health and wellbeing.

Daniel Maynard

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