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The Psychology of Lighting Design and Its Impact

Nov 30, 2022 | Architect, Architecture, Custom Lighting, LED Lighting, Lighting, Los Angeles

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There’s a psychology to lighting design. If the desired ambiance is romantic, use warm hues using red in your lighting scheme. Placement is important. Romantic lighting makes you look beautiful or handsome and beautifies the room.

Lighting can lift your mood or drag it down. If you’ve gone to a romantic restaurant, ask yourself what makes the restaurant romantic. Is it the food, decor, or lighting? 

It’s always the lighting!

The psychology of lighting design also includes placement. If you desire texture, use a light source from the side. This wouldn’t apply in your home necessarily – you would want to avoid a light source from the side. You may not be happy with how you look; however, this type of lighting is excellent for the outdoors.

 All lighting affects us in one way or another. Studies have shown that lighting impacts us in different ways. Lighting can disrupt or improve our sleep by stabilizing our circadian rhythm.

As you can tell, the psychology of lighting design goes much deeper than we have ever imagined. Psychologically, proper lighting can increase our cognitive functions, such as attention, memory, and even problem-solving. Proper lighting is a serious matter, and lighting design is more than just an art. 

Lighting can create the illusion of space in a home and create dimension; if that’s magic for you, lighting can also make a home warm and cozy. Think about Christmas lighting – that’s the coziest lighting of all. You can feel the serotonin fill your system with happiness as you look at all the decorations lit with all those warm colors. So yes, folks, there is a psychology of lighting design, and it impacts us, whether we are aware of it or not. 

Now that you have an idea of the importance of lighting design give us a call at ADG Lighting at 818.597.9494, email us at and talk to one of our experts, or make an appointment and speak to Gerald. You’ll be happy you did.


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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting