Lighting a Wall: Wall Washing VS. Wall Grazing – Mike’s Monthly Minute April 2012


Gregg: Mike, what are you doing? Mike: You said you wanted the next monthly
minute to be on washing walls. Gregg: No, no. Wall washing, as in lighting. Mike: That makes more sense. Gregg: Hey, while you’re at it, you missed
a spot. Mike: Now, I think I understand what Greg
was talking about. Hey, everyone,
I’m Mike Donovan and this is Mike’s Monthly Minute. This month we’re going
to talk about some lighting techniques, specifically wall washing versus
wall grazing. And then we’re going to get into some of the
products that we have developed for those situations. Now, why is lighting a wall so
important? Well, when you light a wall properly you can
actually make a space feel bigger, you can make it feel brighter,
and you can eliminate that cave effect. So today what we’re going to do is talk about
two primary techniques for lighting a wall properly. Above me here is the Jenna fixture. The Jenna fixture is made for those
applications when you’re going to plaster it into the ceiling, where it
actually becomes part of the architecture. You’re going to see how clean
and true and flush that looks on the ceiling, and how you have no glare
whatsoever. Now the Jenna fixture is specifically designed
to be mounted thirty six to forty inches off the wall, thirty
two inches on center. When
you do that, you get uniform illumination on the wall and you eliminate all
the scalloping. The Jenna fixture is a halogen fixture, which
makes dimming a breeze. We also have a new LED product called the
pure channel wall wash. It’s a
low profile, surface mounted linear system with an asymmetric lens that
kicks a light uniformly from the top of the wall to the bottom of the wall. It has minimal surface brightness, utilizes
class two wiring with a remote power supply. The pure channel wall wash is 5.5 watts per
foot, so it’s very energy efficient, and it’s easily dimmable
with a zero to ten volt dimmer. It can be specified from 12 inches up to 120
inches, depending on the size of the wall. So we’re talking about two distinctly different
lighting techniques, wall washing’s used to flatten out a wall and wall
grazing, which is specifically used to bring out those textures, and you
usually have that fixture right up against the wall. Now, if you were to take a wall grazer and
use it against drywall, you will highlight all the imperfections on that wall. Essentially, you’re going to
see bad texture. Here’s an example of good texture. We use a wall grazer
any time we want to create a dramatic lighting effect. We’re going to use a
wall grazer when we have a featured wall, something that has some texture
to it, a brick, a stone, or a textured piece of wood. The first fixture I’m
going to show you today is the Stratus, by Pure Lighting. Now, like all
Pure Lighting products, we’re going to recess this into the ceiling. We’re
going to create a pocket cove that’s going to become part of the
architecture itself. Now the Stratus is fourteen watts per foot
and it comes in a four foot and a one foot version, so essentially what you
can do is have this any length at a real high ceiling up to 40 feet and still
get that light, usable light down all the way to the bottom. The Stratus comes in two different color
temperatures, 2700 degree kelvin for a warmer wall, and 3000 degree kelvin
if you have a cooler wall like the one that I have behind me. We can also
do the Stratus in an RGB version. Now the Stratus is a really powerful
fixture, and we use that on mostly in higher walls from ten foot and above. Here’s a great one that you can use on those
lower ones. It’s the Edge
Lighting Micrograzer. Now it’s a seven watt fixture, it’s 24 volts,
and it’s fully dimmable with a zero to ten volt
dimmer. It has a tight ten
degree beam spread and can be ordered between 12 up to 120 inches. And it
also is great for those lower walls, say a fireplace that has a nice brick
or a stone to it. Well thanks for watching. That’s Mike’s Monthly Minute on
wall lighting. You know, I never did finish washing that
wall. Has anybody
seen my bucket? Greg, what’d you do with my bucket?

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