Exploring the Magic of the Golden Hour in Design - a contribution by Chris Lowe
Photographers, artists, CGI artists and cinematographers all share a common love for a specific time of the day - the Golden Hour. But what exactly is the Golden Hour, and how can its unique qualities be understood and and harnessed in lighting design? The Golden Hour is that magical hour just after sunrise and before sunset. During this brief window of time, light takes on enchanting qualities rarely found at other hours of the day. It bathes the world in a warm, soft glow , emanating from a lower angle, casting intriguing shadows, and revealing the essence of form and volume. It’s a phenomenon appreciated by creatives with an interest in all aspects of visual design and art for its ability to highlight and accentuate surface textures on one level, and on another, to evoke deep emotions. It signals a change in state , a transition from night to day, or day to night. Its beauty lies partially within its transient fleetingness, its liminality; it is dynamic and temporary, not a permanent state. Its brevity only enhances its value.
Studio Due Dynamic White (White Balance) LED lighting fixtures, thanks to amber LEDs, emit a warm, yellow-orange light recreating the magic of Golden Hour described by LD Chris Lowe. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and commonly used as accent lights, for recessed lighting, architectural lighting and landscape lighting. These lights typically have a lower colour temperature than other types of LEDs, such as cool white or daylight LEDs. This makes them ideal for creating a warm and cozy atmosphere, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the space. This type of lighting can also complement the architectural features and colors of historical buildings, while creating a romantic and relaxing mood.