In English it is called backlighting and in Spanish backlighting. It is defined as that type of indirect lighting in which the light source remains hidden, in such a way that only the light emitted by that source is perceived.
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Although it is not an innovative phenomenon, since it has been used in decoration for decades, today it is experiencing a boom. We tell you how you can use backlighting to create ambience.
It is not a new phenomenon, but has been known and used for many years. However, new LED technologies have opened up an interesting new landscape for backlighting, full of advantages that make it a fantastic idea when decorating through light.
Backlighting techniques offer us a whole world of possibilities to use light for our own decorative benefit. If in the past backlighting effects were achieved by hiding the old-fashioned fluorescent tubes, today the LED strip lights allow us to do real light wonders. You want to know how? Keep reading.
How to use backlighting in decoration
The magic of this way of illuminating spaces lies in its ability to modelling shapes and creating optical sensations determined. Indirect light is dimmer and inspiring, less harsh, and that has a decorative value. It provides a light without shadows and glare, which is great in certain environments.
If you like this type of lighting and want to use it in your home, it is best to plan as soon as possible. A better (and simpler) result will always be achieved if we consider backlighting. at the time of initiating reform. It is necessary to create the type of lighting, decide the point of the house in which we are going to install it, the intensity, and so on.
In ceilings, walls, stairs…
There are several points in the house where backlighting can be used, starting with the false ceiling. And within this location, there are several ways to do it. You can embed the strips of LED light into the false ceiling, so that the focus from which the light is emitted is concealed. This one goes down and the ceilings of the room will look higher.
Another possibility is to hide the light strips behind a plaster moulding. In this case the light is emitted upwards and bounces off the roof. This form of backlighting is very suitable as a general light for wide and diaphanous spaces.
Use the backlight to to give a special touch to a ladder, hiding the lights under the handrail, or on the steps. In addition to increasing the security of the area, you will get a very theatrical atmosphere.
You can also use backlighting in furniture, as bedheads in the bedroom or in kitchen cabinets. The worktops are also a perfect location for the LED strips. As for the backlit mirrors are fully up to date as far as the bathroom decoration is concerned. Let your imagination run wild and you’ll see that you can achieve really interesting lighting effects anywhere in the house.
In the garden or on the terrace
Outdoor areas are the perfect setting for using backlighting techniques, why not? You can to enhance the façade of your house, hiding the lights on the floor. Or illuminate the garden by delineating zones and marking the paths.
It is also interesting to illuminate the pool or even hide LED strips in the plant pots to enhance spaces in front of each other, and create shapes and volumes. Your plants will look beautiful, also at night.
However, if you use backlighting in outdoor areas, the most important thing is to choose systems suitable for outdoor use, are sufficiently protected against moisture and dust.
Advantages of LED technology
LED lights were at the time a major breakthrough in terms of lighting. And not just for the energy saving (and also economic) for the consumer, but for many other reasons.
One of them relates decisively to backlighting techniques, since LED lights allow the development of a multitude of options that with the old fluorescents were much more complicated to achieve.
The LED strips provide continuous lines of light, of the desired length, white or color, which is not heated, so that can be installed anywhere without danger. Since they are flexible strips, they are very versatile. They are also available in different colours and colour temperatures, with warmer or colder tones.
You have already seen that backlighting is a very interesting decorative technique. Do you dare to incorporate it into your surroundings?
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