Lighting Guide: Lighting Your Home: The Fundamentals

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

by Littman Bros Lighting

Lighting in your home should harmonize with your way of life and it is important that you establish a lighting strategy that tailors to your needs – think about the day-to-day things that take place in the rooms of your house and the mood you want to bring into the space. Often the rooms in our house need more than one kind of lighting, which brings us to the fundamentals of lighting you should become familiar with – the three basic types of lighting: general, task and accent lighting.

General Lighting

General Lighting

General lighting, also known as ambient lighting, brightens a space with overall illumination. It provides a pleasant degree of brightness without glare and enables a sound environment for you to get around in. Having a primary fixture of general light in each room is essential to a quality lighting system. This type of lighting can be achieved by using Ceiling Lights or Wall Lights, Chandeliers, recessed or track lights and Outdoor Lighting on the outside of your home.

Task Lighting

Task Lighting

Task lighting is for exactly that, particular tasks needed done around the house – reading, writing, cooking, paying bills, playing games, etc. With task lighting you would need Pendant Lighting, Under Cabinet Lighting, portable Floor Lamps and Desk Lamps and recessed and track lighting.

Accent Lighting

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting adds some appeal to a room by luring the eye to various personal effects in your house – paintings, photographs, plants or sculptures as well as textured walls, outdoor landscaping or window treatments. Accent lighting is normally provided by track and recessed lighting or Wall Lighting and needs no less than three times as much light on the object as the ambient lighting surrounding it.

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