Brighten Dark Rooms With Tiles | Tile Warehouse
Using the right TILES to improve LIGHT illumination


The type of flooring and wall surfaces chosen would not be specifiers first choice for light illumination. However, sourcing materials that reflect light can absolutely improve the light in a room particularly if high gloss, three-dimensional, tiles are chosen. Light reflected off such tiles helps to illuminate providing a brighter and warmer atmosphere. 

Light reflectance and how it relates to interior finishes is an important consideration when dealing with sustainability in our architecture. If the light in a room is improved by merely choosing an appropriate surface material and colour versus using high energy-based lighting, it will work to save the client money.

The energy efficiency of a product can be measured by the LRV (Light Reflectance Value). The LRV is ascertained by determining the quantity of useable and visible light reflected by a surface, in all directions and at all wavelengths, when illuminated by a light source. It is a measurement that indicates how much light a colour reflects, and how much it absorbs. This measurement is quantified as a number based on a scale of 0 – 100; zero is absolute black and 100 is pure white. So if faced with a dark room, it makes sense to choose materials in lighter colours, preferably white, that have a high LRV as they improve light illumination.

The LRV can also be affected by the surface of the substrate. A three-dimensional, glossy surface will have better reflectance whilst flat surfaces do not have this property and reflect only in a diffused manner.

By utilising natural light and considering the LRV of materials, there is less energy spent on lighting costs, as well as cooling costs to keep the space at a comfortable temperature which in turn means a cost-efficient solution for any build space.