Light and Feng Shui
At Feng Shui it’s all about chi or life energy. The chi in your house must be in balance. There must be a balance between yin and yang. Light is an important form of energy. The light in your house, both natural light and light from lamps, is not only important for the atmosphere in your house. Light also influences how you feel.
Too much or too little light
A house that is too dark has too much yin energy. Yin energy is feminine and mostly passive. You can balance that through more yang energy or active energy. You can do that by installing more windows, skylights or installing lamps. The art is of course to find the balance. Not too much light and not too little.
Hard and soft light
Direct light or fluorescent light is quickly too hard. Indirect light or yellow light is softer. When choosing lamps for your house, it is good to take this into account.
Nowadays, full spectrum LED lighting is also available. With full spectrum lighting all possible colors are present in the light, from infrared to almost ultraviolet light. This light mimics natural sunlight, which is also full spectrum, as well as possible. This full spectrum light is ideal in spaces where you are active.
The right lighting for every room
You naturally need a different light in a study or kitchen than in a bedroom. What brighter lighting is nice when you have to work, where you have to be awake and active. If you want to sleep, a bright light can keep you from sleeping.
Tips for a better Feng Shui through lighting
Below you will find tips for better balancing the lighting in your home. Sometimes they are only small and subtle changes.
1. It is important to properly illuminate the entrance and exit of your house. Light on both sides of the front door is ideal for guiding positive chi into your house.
2. Replace broken light sources immediately. Everything that is broken or does not work properly disrupts the energy flow according to the Feng Shui.
3. Choose lighting where you can change the color. Nowadays there are all kinds of lamps available where you can adjust the color of the light to your activity or mood. You can do this very easily with a remote control or even easier, with an app and your own smartphone. An example of such a lamp is the Philips Hue Beyond Table lamp.
There are whole theories about which color of light, which activity or mood is suitable. Make the light a little more pink if you are in a romantic mood or have a romantic dinner. Purple light makes you more creative and is therefore very suitable in spaces where you are engaged in your hobby. Orange light stimulates the appetite, makes you happy and gives you energy and is therefore very suitable for the living room or dining room. Soft yellow light is the most suitable for the bedroom. A clear white light is the best choice for the study or bathroom.
4. Avoid lighting that causes many sharp shadows. This makes a space less relaxing.
5. Paper or fabric lampshades are ideal for softening the light. The color of the hood naturally also has an effect.
6. Select the bedroom a soft, preferably dimmable lighting. According to the Feng Shui, it is better not to hang a lamp directly above your head, but rather, for example, next to you on a bedside table or table.
7. Light that shines upwards, let one space appear larger.
8. Instead of having one light source in a room, it is more beautiful and easier to get a feel by using two or more light sources.
9. Illuminate sharp corners or dark spots in your house by placing a beautiful lamp. This way you promote energy flow and you make a room more pleasant.
10. Mirrors can help you to reflect the light. Mirrors promote the chi and provide more activity and energy. They are therefore very suitable for study or study rooms.