The type of lighting you have in different rooms throughout your house play a major role in each room’s general ambience, feeling and design. Bad lighting can destroy a peaceful ambience or make doing certain tasks like reading in the living room or cooking in the kitchen difficult. Here is some information the different types of lighting that should be incorporated into your home’s lighting plan.
Ambient lighting is basically your general overall lighting in each room. It should illuminate a comfortable level of brightness without a harsh glare, allowing you to see and walk about the space safely. Fixtures that give you ambient lighting in a room include chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, recessed or track lights. Having that central source of ambient light in all of your rooms is a good place to start your lighting plan. Learn how to choose the right lighting for every room.
As the name suggests, task lighting is there to help you perform specific tasks in certain rooms like reading, getting ready in the bathroom, preparing and cooking food, doing homework or office work, working on your hobbies or playing games with your family. Task lighting can be provided by a variety of fixtures including recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and under cabinet lighting, as well as portable floor and desk lamps.
Having good task lighting is important. Not only will it help you see what you are doing, proper task lighting should be free of distracting glares, shadows and be bright enough to prevent eye strain.
Accent lighting allows you to get creative with your home’s design, adding dramatic flair to each room by creating a visual focal point. The professional designers can work accent lighting into your overall interior design theme. They will use it to draw the eye to painting, sculptures, plants and family photos. It can also be used to highlight the texture of a brick or natural stone wall, window treatments or even outside to show off key features of your outdoor landscaping.
In order for accent lighting to be effective, it requires at least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surrounding it. Accenting lighting is usually provided by recessed and track lighting or wall-mounted picture lights.