Under Cabinet Lighting
Littman Bros |  July 1, 2017

Lighting Basics

Whether you’re building a new house or refinishing your current home, one thing is certain: choosing the right lighting fixtures for each room is essential for your comfort and safety. If you’re like most homeowners, considering all the options can be overwhelming, especially if you aren’t aware of a few lighting basics. When choosing lighting, there are three basic types of lighting that you should consider, and in today’s blog, we’ll take a closer look at them and what types of fixtures can help you accomplish your lighting goals.

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Types of Lighting

When it comes to properly lighting your space, there can be a lot of details to consider, including what type of lighting will work best for the room’s purpose. Below, we’ll review the three basic types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Read on to learn more!


Whether inside or outside, when you first enter a space, it’s likely that one of the first things you’ll notice is the source of ambient lighting. This type of lighting provides overall illumination of a space, often from one or several light fixtures in a room. Whether in a commercial or residential setting, the purpose of ambient lighting is to allow people to move safely and easily within the space. When deciding on what type of lighting fixture you want to use and how brightly lit you want the space to be, it is helpful to consider what kind of mood you want to set. Lower ambient light sets a cozy, romantic tone while bright ambient lighting creates a more fun, energetic atmosphere. There are many types of ambient lighting for both indoor and outdoor, including:

  • Indoor: recessed fixtures and down lighting, chandeliers, table and floor lamps, ceiling-mounted fixtures
  • Outdoor: spotlights, post lanterns, wall lighting, hanging and recessed fixtures from overhangs

Regardless of what type of statement you wish to make, there are many online lighting retailers like Littman Brothers to help guide you through the selection process.


While ambient lighting is essential for illuminating the overall space of a room, task lighting is equally as important. As the name suggests, this type of lighting fixture provides lighting that adequately allows people to see the task they are completing so that they don’t have to strain their eyes. Such tasks may be reading, knitting, computer work, or meal preparation. From the kitchen and bath to the office and living room, nearly every room can benefit from some type of task lighting, and the type of fixture you choose will largely depend on what activities take place in the space. Most lighting retailers will have a wide variety of task lighting to choose from, including:

  • Desk lamps
  • Pendant lighting
  • Recessed under cabinet lighting
  • Directional track lighting

If you’re looking for a wide variety of affordable task lighting, shop Littman Brothers today. We offer several of the industry’s leading brands for pendant lights, table lamps, and more!


Known as one of the more decorative lighting options, accent lighting is an important consideration for indoor illumination if you want to draw attention to a specific feature in the space. While it won’t provide the widespread light that ambient lighting will, it is very handy for creating beautiful points of interest in a room as well as highlighting various collectibles, artwork, and other feature items. If you’re having trouble imagining this type of lighting, imagine the types of fixtures that are used by museums to highlight various pieces of art. Accent lighting is an affordable and unique way to transform a plain wall hanging into an elegant conversation piece. Examples of accent lighting include:

  • Directional recessed fixtures
  • Wall-mounted fixtures
  • Directional downlights

Spotlights are also an excellent way of creating interesting focal points in any space, and they often come in a wide variety of styles. Whether you’re looking for something elegant and fashionable or something more utilitarian, a reputable online lighting retailer should carry several options to choose from.

Looking for Lighting Online?

When you need a reliable source for high-end lighting, you can trust that Littman Brothers has what it takes to help walk you through the process of choosing the right fixtures for your needs. We’ve been helping homeowners like yourself for nearly 40 years, and we’d love to help you too! Whether you’re looking for outdoor fixtures, accessories, or indoor lighting like recessed under-cabinet lighting and chandeliers, we have your needs covered. Shop Littman Brothers for all of your lighting needs today!