Laying the Groundwork for Brick Lights

Brick lights give a really neat and subtle look to any lighting scheme. They are mainly used outdoors, but are equally at home inside the house and can be used to great effect on staircases or in loft spaces or dark corners of a hall or landing. Their main drawback is that that ideally they…

Brick lights give a really neat and subtle look to any lighting scheme. They are mainly used outdoors, but are equally at home inside the house and can be used to great effect on staircases or in loft spaces or dark corners of a hall or landing. Their main drawback is that that ideally they should be incorporated in a plan from the very beginning as they are more awkward to add after something is complete, but it is not impossible to add some when decorating or basic renovation of an existing wall being being undertaken . Brick lights do not have to be fitted in an actual brick wall. Some are simply recessed lights in the shape of a brick and they can even be used as part of a path or drive, as long as some care is taken to make sure that they are strong enough to take the weight of any vehicle which may drive over them.

Brick lights are usually the shape of a normal house brick, but they are also available as squares. These could be very effective if incorporated into a glass wall, possibly as an internal light well in an older property which is being converted, although the wiring requirements may mean that they have to be fitted near the edge, just for the aesthetics of the finished job . Even so, it would look very stylish and would flood the whole area with light as the other glass bricks would refract it across the whole wall. Brick lights are also available with a recessed round light in a rectangular frame. These look very good outside as part of a retaining wall along a path or steps.

As long as the brick lights are suitable for the site, they make a very stylish statement as a row under wall cupboards in a kitchen. Placed about one tile down from the cupboard, they can be either interspersed with the tiles or can be in an unbroken line. There is something intrinsically very pleasing about lights which have no obvious wiring, shades or other paraphernalia and if the kitchen is also a dining area they would give a very sophisticated level of lighting both for food preparation or eating it afterwards. As well as the look of them, they would also be almost unbelievably easy to keep clean, as they could just be wiped over with the rest of the tiles.

This more intrinsic but highly rewarding form of adding light, both indoors and out, should not be entered into hastily. Be sure you are aware or the effort involved with fitting them into existing structures, or be sure to get a good perception for the right placement if they are being built into a new construction. As with most lighting solutions, brick lights work better when you plan ahead.