22 Mar Different Lighting For Different Needs
When you’re in the market for new and stylish lighting for your home, there are three main types of lighting to choose from. Choosing the right kind will greatly depend on what you do in that area. Will you be relaxing, showing off an amazing piece of art or reading a novel?
Ambient or General Lighting
This is the most common form of lighting in homes and consists of a warm, soft light that provides just enough to see clearly without any harshness or glare. It can also refer to the amount of natural light that enters a room or space. In terms of interior design, this kind of lighting is designed to be as natural as possible. Ambient lighting is ideal for areas where you want to relax or socialise as it successfully eases stress from the body. This kind of lighting is perfect for creating a mood or atmosphere and is often referred to as mood lighting.
Some examples of fittings that provide good ambient light include recessed or track lights. Hanging pendant lights or a stunning chandelier will also provide superb ambient lighting, especially in rooms with higher ceilings. A crystal chandelier will also benefit from reflecting other sources of light in a space, including that which enters a window or emanates from other light fixtures.
Contemporary and attractive wall sconces are another option for your ambient lighting needs. Consider the layout of your home and place sparingly, these fixtures work wonders in hallways, in bedrooms, on patios and porches for example.
This form of lighting has a very specific function. It is used to draw the eye directly to a focal point and as such is used to create an atmosphere of chic drama in a room. Accent lighting effectively hides dull areas in shadow and focuses on special objects you want on display, such as artwork or ornaments. Accent lighting might also be used for highlighting a piece of furniture or a bookcase for example and is also widely used in places like art galleries and museums. Landscape lighting is a form of this method that aims to spotlight certain areas outside such as a path, water feature or statue.
As the name suggests, this form of lighting provides a direct spot for working or carrying out a task where visibility is key. A much finer light is required for activities such as reading for example, or cooking, hobbies or writing. A focused desk lamp will be more effective and produce less glare for such tasks when it sits in contrast with a bright overhead light. It is used in most office buildings and helps alertness and concentration levels. A variety of lamp styles can provide the ideal task lighting solutions for your interior décor. In bathrooms the most common task lights are usually vanity or under cabinet lights. They can often be found in kitchens as well, providing a helpful spotlight for areas where food preparation and cooking take place.