Basic Types of Lighting

Monday, April 12th, 2010

by Littman Bros Lighting

Great lighting can turn an ordinary home, into an extraordinary home. When planning your lighting, look at the activities that take place in each room, the ambiance you want to create and the decorative items you want to emphasize.

By combining different types of lighting fixtures that reflect your taste and lifestyle, you can add drama to a room, make a small room look more open and a large room appear more intimate.

There are three types of lighting that work together to illuminate your home:

  • General lighting
  • Task lighting
  • Accent lighting

General lighting replaces daylight. It provides an area with overall brightness for a variety of activities including entertaining, watching television, working on hobbies and bookkeeping. It can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling flush mounts, wall sconces, recessed lighting, track lighting and with outdoor wall lanterns positioned properly outside your home.

Task lighting help you perform specific household tasks such as reading, cooking, writing, or playing games. It can be provided by island lighting, accent spot lighting, mini pendant lighting, floor lamps, table lamps and desk lamps.

Accent lighting adds excitement to a room by creating visual interest. It can be used to spotlight paintings, sculptures, plants or to highlight the texture of a wall, drapery or outdoor landscaping. This usually is provided by track lighting, recessed lighting or wall-mounted fixtures.

Lighting can enhance the way your home looks and feels. Whether your style is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, combining all three basic types of lighting will help you set a mood, perform tasks more easily and feel safer and more comfortable in your home.