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For the love of light.

Discover the beauty of light. Unveil the importance of light in a space.

Inside this Issue: Elements and Principles of Design found in several different types of lighting.

Table of Contents

Letter from the Editor….pg.4 Design Thesis (Find out what we’re all about!) …pg.3

Design Thesis Light can make or break a space. It can change the mood that a person is in, it can impact the colors in a room, and adds more to a space than almost anything else. This magazine discusses how light impacts a space, as well as the different elements and principles of design that can be found in simple and/or complex fight fixtures.

“Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.� -J,K, Rowling

Letter from the Editor

My name is Deandra Goodman. I was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, raised in Idar Oberstein, Germany, and have lived in Cameron, North Carolina for the past 7 years. I was originally determined to be a fashion designer, but upon discovering that I dreaded sewing, I forfeited that dream. I later fell in love with interior design and decided that this will be the career path that I will take. I love everything about designing and creating new spaces but my infatuation has always been with the lighting in a space. A lot of natural light can uplift a space and make it look more clean and crisp, as well as open and free-flowing. Not only that, lighting from light fixtures can add to a space things that any other accessory cannot. It can make or break a space. There are so many different forms of light that one can bring into a room and so many different types of light fixtures and lamps in general. In this issue, one can see the significance of all of the above mentioned criteria and how important that light truly is in a space.



Straight Horizontal Line

Taken in Clement Hall, ECU, Greenville, NC.

These lights line the hallway of the space vertically but are in horizontal orientation. They work great in the space providing as much light as possible where there is ver y minimal natural light.

Straight Vertical Lines

Joyner Library, Greenville, NC

These light fixtures line the ceiling of Joyner Librar y providing an abundance of light for such tasks as reading, studying, and any work being done on computers.

Curved Tightly This desk lamp provides light for work areas so that things can be seen more clearly and easily without turning on a larger light in the room. Both the top and bottom par t are tightly cur ved.


Tactile Texture

Taken in my home, Cameron, NC

Lamps like these are textured on the outside. The light traditionally comes from inside, but the outside is glassy and smooth between the hard metal holding it together.

Non-Reflective Outdoor lamps like these only turn on when it is dark outside. They are meant to illuminate pathways and guide people when it is dark. They are typically high up and give a substantial amount of light but do not reflect on surfaces other than giving a cast of light on the ground directly below.

Outside of Mendenhall Student Center, Greenville, NC


The lights on these stairs are meant to illuminate the steps reflect off the surface so that people know where to step.


Track Lighting

Track lighting can be found in areas such as over kitchen counters to provide lighting over a continuous area. They are all connected to one “track�.

Clement Hall, Greenville, NC

Natural Lighting

Windows let in natural light from the sun and give a room light that typically can not be obtained through light omitted by lamps. It gives a space a more airy and natural feel.

Floor lamps can add style to a room as well as provide ample lighting in the space. Floor lamps range from small to large and the styles and colors are endless. This is a great way to add a personal touch to a space.




My home in Cameron, NC

Monochromatic is using only one color or shades of only one color. Light fixtures and lamps can come in many different colors or just one like the floor lamp shown above. One can add these to a space for a pop of color or to tie in with the rest of a color scheme.

Direct Complementary Colors

Mendenhall Student Center, Greenville, NC

The colors in complementar y pairs enhance each other. This is especially true with the pairing of the basic direct complementar y pairs, which are: Red and green, yellow and violet, and blue and orange.


Analogous colors are ver y close to one another. They can be closer to monochromatic but are adjacent to one another on the color wheel. The lamp in this space ties in perfectly with all the different reds and pinks.


Just about any light in general shows positive space. This light fixture in particular shows a lot of positive space above and below it, lighting it up completely.

Positive Space

Negative Space

The backlighting inside these light up the negative photo strips making it able to be seen.

Crowding Territoriality

Taken in Chipotle Mexican Grill, Fayetteville, NC.

This unique light fixture features several different extensions of lights protruding out from the main body allowing for light to be in several different areas below but still come from the same main source. It takes up a lot of space, but it works in a space with high and exposed ceilings such as this restaurant.



These are highly unconventional lamps. They are ver y abstract and are typically used as cheese graters. Using materials for things outside of their conventional use can be an innovative and green way to change a space.


These paper lanterns are a beautiful and different way to use light. They are in the shape of cubes.


Christmas lights are a great example of dynamic lighting. They can be found in several different colors and even blink on and off.


Taken in my home in Cameron, NC.


Typical geometric forms are squares, circles, and triangles. This inset lighting is found in the bathroom over the shower to provide lighting where little to no natural light is found. Geometric forms are often found in modern design but are in fact found almost anywhere in a space and in any style of design. They could be used to provide lighting in an interior space and add a bit of fun, modern aesthetic to the space.

Natural Though these twigs/ branches are artificially made with the tiny lights embedded in them, they are a great example of natural form and how light can be incorporated for an appealing new look in a space. Taken in my home in Cameron, NC.


Taken in Rooms to Go furniture store. Fayetteville, NC.

This lamp provides a good example of abstract form. The twisted and distorted body is ver y different than what is normally seen and therefore can add a unique touch to a space.



Visual Symmetry

Visual symmetry is readily apparent to the naked eye. One can look at something and see whether or not it is symmetrical or not. With these two light fixtures found over the counter in a kitchen, they are not only the exact same but they are side by side and create a sense of visual symmetry in the space.

Visual Asymmetry

In the same way that one can tell that something is symmetrical, one can also see with a plain eye when an object is asymmetrical. In a ceiling fan, a light is also accompanying it. The actual fan part presents asymmetry. Much like the one shown above, there are often three panels on one side, and two on the other.

Visual Radial Symmetry Visual radial symmetry can easily be identified in a space, but it can be a little harder to find in terms of lighting. In a chandelier style light fixture such as the one shown to the left, not only is it symmetrical, but one can also readily identify the circular pattern. Not to mention the individual lamps themselves are rounded at the top which helps draw the eye in a radial motion.


Unity through Color

The light fixtures above the mirror in this bathroom are used to provide lighting while doing tasks. However, the warm light that it omits also helps to tie in the color of the space. The warm burned orange color of the walls as well as the accessories such as the pot that the small plant is in and even the candles all compliment one another and bring the space together.

Unity through Shape The circular shape of this lamp shade plays off of the circular plate beneath the candle. Small things like this in a space can bring the room together in small way.

Unity through Repetition The light fixture

in this bathroom comes from one source, but having multiple of the same lamp part in a row creates repetition in the space.


Visual Focal Point This is a big lamp/chandelier found above the stairs. It not only creates a focal point from below, but also from the top of the stairs as shown. The stairs wrap around which creates for even more emphasis on the lighting.

Structural Focal Point This fireplace is a major structural focal point in this living room. Not only does the fireplace itself provide light and heat, the inset lighting above it provides light and also draws the eye in, creating more emphasis. Taken in my home in Cameron, NC.


Actual Density The base of this bedside table lamp is solid, therefore one cannot see through it due to any openings or storage, creating actual density.

Optical Density This is a unique floor lamp with a base different than a traditional standing pole. Not only does the shape draw ones’ eye in, but the opening in the middle creates optical density.



Repetitive lighting such as those shown above can often be used to create a sense of uniformity and to also draw the eye in either a horizontal or vertical manner. This is a great way to light a hallway and to also lead someone the correct way.


In an area such as this, different lighting is used above different surfaces. There is high contrast lighting above the main countertop area and behind the refrigerator in order to provide task lighting for things like cutting and preparing meals. There is also natural light pouring in from the window above making things up higher much brighter whereas above the refrigerator it is much darker.

Transitional/ Flowing

In this type of rhythm, the main aspects

that can be seen are the change in objects from small or large or from closer to further away.

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Object in Proportion with Space

In this photo, it is easy to see that the desk lamp is proportional to the rest of the space. It is made on a small scale so that it fits in perfectly with the rest of the space.

Object NOT in Proportion with Space In the photo shown, the floor lamp is much larger than the chair. The two are very much unproportional to one another.


Human Scale Most lighting is made in a human scale where the average sized human can operate and utilize it without a problem.

Symbolic Scale In a place such as a tree house, where things are built on a much smaller scale than a regular house, it can provide a great example of symbolic scale. It’s obviously smaller, but symbolically resembles a regular house.

REFERENCES Various sources from Photo sources from

Taken by Deandra Goodman: My home in Cameron, NC Various location in Greenville, NC at East Carolina University

Goodman, Deandra F13 ECU  

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