4 Great Places to Use Backlighting in Your Home

Placing one thing behind another to reveal distance between them is the most basic technique to demonstrate depth. When you position light behind an item, you get depth and a pleasant warm glow that highlights the object for stunning displays.

However, not every design employs – or should utilize – the same lighting methods and principles as other designs. So let’s take a look at four locations where you might use backlighting in your home.


There are several ways to use alcoves to your advantage. The placement of a tiny downlight in a small alcove (such as a recessed shelf) is an excellent method to highlight an item. This light will bring the objects on your shelf into focus, making them stand out and gleam in the space while the main room lights are on. When the main area lights are turned off, this dramatic lighting will create a soft intrigue, even if it’s just a shelf of trinkets, thanks to the shadows it casts.


When the cabinet door opens, inside light may be installed to illuminate the contents. Simply install a light beneath each shelf for uniform illumination. Using a softer light in your cabinets might make it much easier on the eyes when you’re looking for something to munch upon at midnight.


Backlighting is often only aesthetic in nature. Light trimming the underside of chairs and sofas may give them the illusion of being suspended above the floor. Furniture lighting effects are important. Backlighting an outdoor bench at night might provide a romantic atmosphere. Function takes precedence over looks on rare occasions. A backlit bench is simple to come by and doesn’t require a flood light.

Screens & Displays

Many people are starting to turn on lights behind their TVs and monitors. So popular that some displays come with the capability built in. It’s a fantastic concept since too much light in a space might wash out colors and sharpness on a screen, but viewing a screen in the dark may be harmful to your eyes. By gradually switching from bright to dark, you reduce eye strain by mimicking how sunlight affects your eyes.

We’ve worked on a wide range of projects and know what materials work well and which ones are more difficult. Contact us today and we’ll answer any questions you have to get you started on your next backlight project.