Mirrors greatly stimulate an inner sense of creativity. They are no more merely an object that you use to see your reflection. Mirrors are a fantastic way to instantly light up any small or dark spaces. They dramatically increase the amount of brightness in a room but the question is do mirrors actually increase light? Is it possible scientifically? Is it a kind of way to imply that mirrors are capable of generating light?
Mirrors are great reflectors
The answer is simple. Mirrors do not generate light but we still do agree that they can be used to increase light in a room. Now how is that possible? Mirrors are great reflectors. They reflect around 99% of the light and absorb a very tiny amount of light. In contrast to that, the walls in our rooms, furniture and more such material is the culprit behind absorbing a huge amount of light.
When light falls on the walls or furniture, most of it is absorbed and the remaining that is reflected, results in a mediocre amount of light in the room. For instance, the wall behind the bulb where it is fitted immediately absorbs a considerable amount of the light before it even reaches other things.
Amount of Light Remains Same
However, one thing that should be taken into account is that the amount of light generated by the light source remains same no matter if you introduce tons of mirrors in its surroundings. It is the intensity or say concentration of light that varies. The amount of light is measured in Lumens, and they remain same with or without the mirror. On the contrary, the intensity of light is measured in Lux. What you can increase with the addition of mirror is not the amount of light (Lumens) but its intensity (Lux).
Strategically Position your Mirrors
It is proven by experiments that a room with a mirror and a light source is more brightly lit than an average room with only a light source and not a mirror. This is because the wallpapers or paints, the furniture absorbs plenty of light which results in a significantly less light intensity. On the other hand, a mirror that reflects the light more efficiently adds to the brightness of the room. However, in such cases mirrors should be positioned strategically.
Mirrors Waste Less Energy
Turns out the main reason behind less light intensity is its excessive absorption by certain materials. This means it won’t be wrong to say that the decrease in the intensity of light is due to the wastage of energy that happens during absorption. While the increase in the intensity of light in the presence of mirrors is because they waste a much lesser amount of energy and hence, reflect 99% of the light which leads to a well-lit room.
By now it shall be clear that the amount of light remains same but the intensity increases due to the greater reflection of light by mirrors.
How To Use Mirrors To Increase Light?
Mirrors can increase the intensity of light up to a certain extent. Obviously if it weren’t limited, then the energy crises of the world would have been solved by now. Or if we tone that down a bit, at least we would have been able to light up our houses with a single bulb, no?
Anyway, there are ways to place mirrors in a way that can relatively make a dull room brighter. These mirrors should be positioned in a way that the maximum amount of light interacts with them instead of getting absorbed in other materials. Only then you would be able to increase light in a room.
Place the mirror adjacent to the window
A great way to maximize the intensity of natural light in your room is by placing a mirror just adjacent to the window in your room. This way the sunlight will fall on to the mirror and consequently, will be reflected in your room, if and only the mirror is placed in an angle that favors reflection into the room.
Beneath a chandelier
A great way to maximize the light concentration in a room with a chandelier is to place a long/ full length mirror on the wall beneath the chandelier. It looks great as a decor setting as well as brings significant illumination in the room.
Ditch the walls
If your walls are already booked with things, no need to worry. You can add mirrored decorations in your room. Or choose cupboards with reflective surfaces. A mirror on a door is also a great idea if it is adjacent to a light source. Mirror trays can be placed on coffee tables or vanities. This way light will be reflected from multiple surfaces in the room and result in a brighter and more spacious room. Creativity with mirrors absolutely has no limits.
Place the mirror across a window
Placing a mirror directly across a window is one the best tricks to bring a lot of light in a room. Mirrors, when placed across a window will not only add up light in the room but also will reflect beautiful views.
In essence, mirrors cannot change the total amount of light, however, they can be used to re-direct light to a certain area and hence, increase its intensity.