Professional terms such as insufficient
illumination, glare, and unattractive lighting,
come to mind.

Frequently posed problems are:-

1.) Insufficient Light
2.) Glare
3.) Unflattering appearance

1.) Insufficient Light

Light sources may not be bright enough,
or too few, to produce the desired
illumination. Walls and floors may be too
dark for the available light (they absorb
more than they reflect into the room)
Fixtures may be of the wrong design or
placed incorrectly, resulting in the light
being directed other than where it is

An effective design usually requires a
combination of the four basic lighting
functions, ambient, task, accent and wall.

“The only time you notice a light fitting is
when you look up because it is not giving off
enough light in an area”

2.) Glare

Bright lights cause discomfort and impair
good visibility. I have trouble reading or
the lights shine in my eyes or there is just
too much light in the room

Light sources may be too bright for the
application (or there may be too many)
Fixtures may not conceal the bulbs
(lamps) sufficiently and may lack the
necessary components for controlling the
light. Fixtures may be aimed in the wrong
direction or located in the wrong place.

3.) Unflattering Appearance

People, objects and the space itself look
unattractive. “The room looks dull,
nothing stands out or the room looks too

Light sources may be too bright or too dim
The colour of the light may be wrong or
the light may be too flat or create too
much contrast

Fixtures may be poorly located or may
direct the light improperly.
Again a well-lighted space used a
combination of the basic functions of
lighting. Balancing ambient, accent and
wall lighting helps to create a pleasing
luminous environment.

Tip: Brighter is not necessarily better.
Mixing light sources and layering light
created atmosphere, flooding a room with
light does not!

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