Last updated on August 17th, 2021 at 06:37 am
Comparing the Blue Grotto in Capri and our LED Textured Glass Countertops
I get it. Its a bit ambitious. But observe the lighting and you will see very similar results.
The physics of how we illuminate our glowing LED Glass Countertops are very similar to the magnificent Blue Grotto in Capri. The results are strikingly similar in the amazing brilliant glow they offer. It works just as well in your kitchen and bath as it does in the Mediterranean waters of Capri.
The Blue Grotto in Capri is a cave that is naturally illuminated. It offers an authentic natural light show. When I first saw pictures of this I couldn’t believe it wasn’t enhanced with artificial light. I was convinced when I read that it only offers its magic show when the sun is up. Intrigued, I duga little further to find that this cave has 2 openings for sunlight ingress: 1 above water and 1 below the water. Aha!
This produces a striking lateral illumination of the water which makes the water in the cave glow a very iridescent blue. An aqua fire gleams from below, lighting up the grotto water. The cave above offers perfect contrast for this lighting. The light washes upwards from the water and you can see the effect of gentle upward lighting on peoples faces. The photographs below are the only way to depict this phenomenon.
Our Glass Countertops are illuminated with Multi-color LED lighting attached to the rear edge of the glass surface. It can be dialed into any of 8,000,000 colors with our Smart Phone app. Most of our clients I observe, choose an aqua-blue tint reminiscent of oceanic waters. The lateral illumination (sound familiar?) via LED lighting adds a striking dimension to the textured glass. As the light hits the peaks and valleys in our hand-carved glass textures it creates bright spots and shadows. These offer a mesmerizing contrast when juxtaposed against one another. It also bounces light upwards. When seated at our glass countertops, the upwards lighting washes over peoples faces and makes everyone look much younger. We have described this time-machine-like phenomenon before. Other techniques such as underlighting and top-lighting offer no such contrast and wash out the contrast.
Now I have not been to the Blue Grotto…yet.
But it now sits at the top of my bucket list. Until then, I will continue to imagine that gorgeous natural lighting every time I sit at my glass countertop. Feel free to visit our “Blue Grotto” inside our Glass Design Center in Tampa and see this lighting techniques in action.
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Last Updated on August 17, 2021 by Jeff Downing