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Indirect Lighting

The technique of indirect lighting (sometimes called uplighting) uses one or more fixtures to aim light onto the ceiling and upper walls, which act as reflectors and distribute the light evenly throughout the room. Indirect lighting is a form of ambient lighting.

Indirect lighting minimizes shadows and reflected glare. It is especially appropriate for rooms with reflective surfaces such as computers or televisions. For other critical visual tasks, a supplementary task light may be required.

For highest efficiency, the ceiling should be painted white, or a very light color. Paint should be matte rather than glossy. To prevent bright reflected "hot spots" move the light source away from the reflector wall or ceiling.


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