These two things will allow you a more comfortable evening and better lighting.
Windows, doors and roof lights change to big black mirrors as soon as it begins to get dark and you put indoor lights “on”. To avoid this “mirror” effect for a while perhaps an extra hour in winter as we put our clocks back, place lights away from windows or glazed doors, the veiling reflection just creates hot spots that don’t allow you to see outside.
In design we often use vertical coving in the corners away from being directly seen in big bifold or large windows. These 25mm diameter thin lights we make to order any size and different colours…there are no wires as we hide the Low voltage (24V) supply in the wall and clever fixings feed the LEDs. The fact you can turn them 360 degrees means you can light into the room or point them to the wall for nice ambient light….the type of light, its uniform vertical glow to the wall with no reflection from the glass makes the evening atmosphere but allows you longer to view the outside.
The next step is to add lights to your exterior…perhaps a patio if you have bifold doors …small spot lights in tubs lighting the bay trees in silhouette can be beautiful, but equally a hidden light under the window can light enough of the exterior….the point is when you still see an element lit outside you focus on it and not the dark and thus have a vista to the exterior in these dark months ahead.
Using the window reveal to mount the light gives a pathway lighting and a new shape to the façade when viewed at night. When we design the interior of a house at Secret Lighting we see it as our responsibility to discuss the outside…the two things are closely related.