Light as Art - Lighting Design and Application Aboard Horizon Yachts, Part One

NEWS | June 06, 2017

Onboard lighting sets a mood, entertains the viewer and enhances a space. No longer limited by functionality alone, lighting aboard luxury yachts enhances the artistic design of a space – and can even become the art itself. Lighting design today plays an integral role in yacht design, as it can not only transform atmospheres and enlarge the feeling of space, but the lighting elements themselves contribute to the overall aesthetics. Lighting designers must marry functional needs with materials, styles and lighting effects to accentuate the décor and design style and bring life and emotion into each space.

Our designers at Horizon Yachts share a few of their lighting design tips to dramatically enhance a yacht's ambiance, as below:

(1) Use a linear light source for exterior areas, not only to increase the flexibility of design but also to provide the visual effect of spaciousness.

(2) For a calm, soothing atmosphere, install strip lighting grooves in the ceiling and design the grooves to be deeper, which helps provide soft illumination.

(3) Take into consideration the countertop materials when selecting a lighting design for the galley. An indirect light source can be matched with granite and allow the diffused lighting to give an ambient illumination in the area. Additionally, utilizing point source lighting helps accentuate the natural and detailed texture of the stone.

(4) Implement linear lighting on stair treads. This not only serves a practical function for safety, but also lends an lengthening effect to the stairway. A high-gloss lacquered stairwell wall provides a spectacular reflection, adding to the overall visual appearance.

Stay tuned in for part two of our "Light as Ar"t web news, coming soon! For more information or questions, please contacgt us at 561-721-4850 or