It would seem, what could be difficult in organizing the lighting of the corridor? Owners of small apartments, who do not have a corridor, and only the entrance hall is the space between rooms and the kitchen, can breathe a sigh of empowerment – this problem does not concern them at all. If you are lucky enough to become the owner of a more or less spacious apartment with several separate rooms, then almost certainly there will be a corridor in it – a passage connecting separate parts of the room. With the right approach, this space can be used with benefit and even organize a recreation area there, but for this it is necessary to correctly approach the organization of lighting in the corridor, because natural light hardly gets there. What is important to consider in order to turn a purely technical and room-to-room transition into additional living space?
# 1. Hallway lighting types
Depending on the size and features of the interior design of the corridor, several types of lighting are installed in it:
general light is necessary in any case, its functions are already well understood – to illuminate the path when moving from room to room. Ceiling chandeliers, as well as spots, do well with such tasks, sconces and floor lamps are less often used;
local lighting will be required for corridors of complex shapes, and will also serve to focus attention on individual details of the room. For these purposes, they use sconces, floor lamps, clothespin lamps and other sources of directional light;
additional lighting plays a purely decorative role and is intended to give the interior of the corridor individual features. Built-in lamps, point lighting sources, LED strips are used as light sources.
Many designers advise equipping several sources of lighting even in the smallest corridors, turning a long narrow passage into a cozy and full-fledged part of an apartment or house.
# 2. Organization of main lighting
Natural lighting in the corridor is the exception rather than the rule, and it can only be found in rare private houses. Owners of apartments in multi-storey buildings do not even have to dream of such a luxury, therefore the artificial light in the corridor will be used around the clock, and therefore it is worthwhile to approach its organization thoughtfully.
Important requirements for lighting in the corridor:
the light should be uniform over the entire area of the corridor and illuminate all its corners, which is why it is often impossible to do with one chandelier located in the center of the ceiling;
the light should not be dim (this is inconvenient, and the corridor will seem visually smaller than it is) or very bright and cutting eyes, and it is desirable that there is no strong contrast between the level of illumination of the corridor and adjacent rooms;
- it is better to use lamps that give soft warm light, and lamps, if possible, should diffuse it well. Matt lamps and chandeliers with tinted shades meet these requirements. You can also achieve the effect of diffused light by directing the luminous flux to the ceiling, from where it will be reflected on the floor and walls;
- use energy-saving lamps – this advice is not new, but useful, especially given the lack of natural light.
To organize the main lighting of the corridor, you can use the following types of lamps:
compact chandeliers without an abundance of hanging elements. The latter, not only are able to make the small space of the corridor even smaller, they will also constantly interfere with opening the doors (and there are a lot of them in the corridor), as well as cabinets, because the corridor is often used to organize additional storage places;
spotlights do not take up space at all, but they are able to create full-fledged lighting if they are evenly spaced. Designers advise not to be afraid to experiment and place spotlights not in one line, but chaotically. Thanks to such a solution, you can not only create an original design, but also reduce the number of shadows. It should be noted that the organization of spot lighting is possible only when a suspended ceiling system or tension structure is used. The spot light can be used alone or in combination with a centrally located chandelier;
spot can be called something in between an ordinary chandelier and spot lighting. One such device consists of several light sources, and the direction of their light can be changed, thus illuminating all angles and necessary areas. If the corridor is not very large, as in standard 3-room apartments, then one spot for 4-5 or more lamps can even be used as the only source of light, forgive us the designers who advise not to do this.
Sometimes the main light in the corridors is performed using several sconces or floor lamps, but in all respects this is far from the best option.
No. 3. Corridor local lighting
Local lighting is designed to draw attention to specific objects in the corridor or to increase the comfort of using certain areas of the corridor. Local light can be used to illuminate such objects and areas:
- paintings, photographs, vases, sculptures, personal collections, aquariums and other decorative items;
mirrors, which are often used in corridors for their intended purpose and for visual expansion of space. In the latter case, an LED strip will be the ideal frame;
cabinets for which there was not enough space in the rooms of the apartment. Although there is no place for cabinets in narrow corridors, but if there is no other way out, then you should take care of their normal lighting so that you can easily find the necessary thing;
armchairs and sofas. In private houses, especially two-story ones, the corridors are spacious enough to be used as additional space for relaxing, talking or reading, so they are often equipped with small soft pieces of furniture, which naturally need their own lighting.
Local lighting can be organized using floor lamps, sconces, LED strips and spotlights. Local light can be slightly brighter than general light, but not dazzle or create sharp contrast in the lighting level. Accent lighting is especially necessary for spacious corridors with many doors so that the eye can linger on something.
No. 4. Additional (decorative) lighting
Additional lighting is designed to decorate and add zest to the interior, while it is not required to provide bright light sufficient for full lighting of the space. Decorative lighting can be used in corridors of any size, and you can organize it in one of the following ways:
No. 5. Illumination of complex corridors
In most apartments, where there is generally a corridor, it is designed to fulfill a purely functional role of connecting rooms to each other, so there is no need to talk about special space. If the lighting is incorrectly organized in a narrow, long or too high corridor, then you can get an uncomfortable dark space, which will ruin the impression of any repair.
With the help of a competent lighting system, you can visually correct some of the corridor flaws:
narrow corridors need reflected light. Luminaires located on opposite walls are perfect, which will produce intersecting and refractive rays that bounce off the ceiling and other walls. The light from the ceiling light should be directed towards the ceiling. For a better effect of reflection of rays, one of the walls or the ceiling can be made glossy;
in long corridors, so that they do not seem like a pipe or a tunnel, you can create several light zones, the lighting in which will be of different brightness or different colors. Also, long corridors will be saved by hidden lighting in the ceiling;
high corridors resembling wells can be made more harmonious by directing all the light onto the walls, leaving the ceiling in the shade. You can use spots and lamps with directional light, and it is not so important where to attach them, as where to direct the light, but it should hit the lower part of the walls. The ceiling will be lost in the darkness, and the corridor will become more proportional and comfortable.
No. 6. Lighting control features
To make the corridor as comfortable as possible, and the electricity bills are minimal, it is possible to organize light control not only using standard switches – you can apply:
Finally, we note that everything needs to start with planning, so you can’t do without drawing up a lighting plan before starting repair work. This is the only way to be sure that all zones will receive a sufficient level of light, and the lamps will not interfere with people, furniture, or opening doors.