It’s a dark and stormy Sunday, and you’re tiptoeing around your house at midnight. Ouch. Bang. Kablammo. You’ve tripped over that sneaky sofa corner, your legs go that way, and your head goes the other way. Sound familiar? You know the deal. When we think we’ve mastered the “Guess Where The Furniture Is At Midnight While Walking To The Loo Game”—only to stub your toe on the washing machine. Never. Ever. Anymore.
Dainty. Subtle. And when positioned low on your walls, they’re designed to guide you in the dark without disrupting your sleepy state—unlike big, overhead lighting. And move these small LED lights further up the wall, and it’s instant bling-bling for your walls.
Keep reading to learn the science behind orientation lighting using these ultra-tiny, nocturnal navigators.
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The Four Layers of Illumination. It’s like a Lighting Lasagna. Yum.
Like lasagna, good lighting comes in layers. Four layers, to be precise:
- Overhead Indirect Lighting
- Wall Washing
- Spot Lighting
- Orientation Lighting
With more layers comes more flavour—working together like cheese, sauce, pasta, and oh-so-mysterious fifth ingredient that your nonna won’t share. In other words (to stop you from drooling), the different layers create a dynamic and well-balanced lighting scheme when used together.
Orientation lighting, in particular, plays a significant role in creating pleasant lighting effects in your home. For example, spot lighting with orientation lighting produces dazzling results.
Most importantly, in the dark, orientation lighting helps you avoid knocking into things and avoid disturbing your sleep. Think more of a gentle nudge that whispers, “Watch out for that table corner, baby” and less of “WAKE UP! DON’T HIT THE TABLE CORNER.”
How so? Let’s get nerdy.
Ganglions: The Science of Light and Sleep. Let’s Talk Circadian Rhythm.
Here comes the science stuff because, you know, science rulez.
We have cells in our eyes called ganglions. They’re responsible for regulating our circadian rhythm (your body’s internal clock; the thing that tells us when it’s time to wake up or hit the sack).
These ganglion cells respond primarily to overhead light. So when you turn on a bright downlight to go to the loo or check on the little one early in the morning, you’re bound to trigger these ganglion cells—telling your body clock it’s daytime and putting your circadian rhythm out of sync. But, light from below, like that provided by orientation lighting and our MINI wall lights, doesn’t stimulate these cells in the same way. This means you can walk around your home at night and maintain a sleep-friendly state of consciousness.
So, orientation lighting is often the last (and best) layer of light to use at night, making those midnight adventures to the bathroom a sleep-friendly stroll through the shadows.
Bling, Bling, Baby.
Now you know. Like Jessica Simpson’s boots were made for walking, our small LED lights are made for orientation lighting.
There’s more. They’re also tiny. They can be shiny. And they’re like those tiny stud earrings that always grab your attention—jewellery for your walls.
Your Trusty Guide in Darkness. (For All Your Midnight Shenanigans.)
Got a midnight craving? Need to navigate to laundry without stepping on a rogue LEGO? Then, come and meet the W100 MINI Wall Lights.
With enough light to keep you from tripping and designed to not snap you out of your sleepy state, it’s like having your cake and eating it too. At midnight. Without walking into a wall. There’s no overwhelming, overhead lighting in this equation. Only little wall lights.
So, stop playing hide-and-seek with your furniture in the dark. Reach out to our lighting savants at 1300 672 499 to turn your stubbed toes into twinkle toes. And take a nighttime stroll without missing a wink.
Bring it on, darkness.