1. Provide direct lighting for illuminating the room: the 'regular' light;
2. Provide indirect lighting illuminating the ceiling in two circular bands: atmospheric lighting;
3. Add an outlet, centrally accessible at the ceiling: practical for plugging in a beamer or other electric equipment without having cables lying around on the floor.
The lamp is shaped as a ring, stretching from wall to wall. In this specific case, the lamp encircles a skylight. The ring itself adds design properties to the construction:
1. Instead of having multiple ceiling lights, optically the construction feels like a single lamp, which adds a quiet element to the room. This aspect is intensified by choosing a same color for the lamp as the ceiling has (white in this case);
2. All cabling is hidden above the construction. This eases the construction but also adds to a well finished look of the lamp;
3. The ring gives room for integrating switches by which the lights and the integrated outlet can be controlled independently, as well as a dimmer-switch for reducing the light intensity. A main wall switch is still present for switching the lamp on an off.
The design, the making, the finishing and the installation of this ceiling light has taken a few days in total. The final result was to everyone’s satisfaction. A lot of work, but worth the effort.
The next steps discuss safety issues (Step 1), detailed design features and installing (Step 2) and licensing (Step 3).