Littman Bros |  April 12, 2010

Basic Types of Lighting: Lighting your Lifestyle

Great lighting can turn an ordinary home, into an extraordinary home. When planning your lighting scheme, you should know the basic types of lighting needed throughout your home. Make sure you look at the activities that take place in each room, the ambiance you want to create and the decorative items you want to emphasize while considering the varying types of lighting needed for each room.

Outdoor Lighting

By combining different variations 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 and track lighting.

Task lighting is specific for activities you plan to do within each room, 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 or desk lamps. These types of lighting become a fun way to create a unique lighting scheme as you can really get creative with the extra lighting pieces you choose.

Accent lighting adds excitement to a room by creating visual interest, emphasizing certain objects within your space. 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, under cabinet lighting or wall-mounted fixtures.

Lighting can enhance the way your home looks and feels. Whether your lighting style is traditional, contemporary, eclectic 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.