YOUR MOOD, YOUR SPACE, LET’S LIGHT IT UP!
Your room, your space, your mood. You can dictate all these when you activate the magic behind lighting your space right. However, to achieve this, you need to understand the different lighting types. This will guide you on where to place your fixtures, what brightness to project from each bulb and how best to reap the right mood from your space at any given time.
- 1. AMBIENT LIGHTING
Ambient lighting is the general lighting in a room. It involves using color, temperature, and brightness to create a comfortable and even level of light throughout a space. It is commonly termed as “mood lighting” because of the general lighting mood, warmth and depth effect it gives to a space. Its mainly arises from ceiling lights, wall-mounted fixtures, or recessed spotlights. Using fixtures in your best describes ambient lighting. This is one of the three major types of indoor lighting, and many fixtures and styles fall under it, these being the task and accent lighting.
Ambient lighting can only be perfect when the lights are perfectly positioned within the space and can be accomplished by using basic lighting fixtures such as chandeliers, track lights, recessed lights, and wall or ceiling-mounted lighting fixtures.
Things to consider when seeking ambient lighting.
1. The Lighting Location
Here one must evaluate the room when dark, to specifically identify areas that need to be accented putting focus in the most important sections of the room like seating areas, plants and flowers, reading areas etc.
On identifying these sections, endeavor to place the lights at various corners of the room to give the space a balanced light display. Keep note that lighting every corner might suffocate the intended mood of the space when it gets too bright instead.
2. Lighting types
The size and the amount of light a fixture can provide are also something you have to consider. Different lighting types come with different light ratings, light beam angles and designs. These can best guide you when aiming at attaining a specific color temperature in a space.
The lighting types chosen must inform the intention to be created the space. If the fixture aims to serve as the main source of light such as in a reading chair, you might need a higher bulb wattage. However, for creating warmth and a little personality especially for subtle accent lighting, no need to use glaring lights.
2. TASK LIGHTING
Task lighting is one aimed at raising light focus to specific objects within a space. It provides increased light for concentration when attending to specific tasks in a room. It provides for increased accuracy in the tasks done under it, such as reading directions on a bottle of medicine or chopping vegetables in the kitchen.
Task lighting is not always 100% exclusive but may require a room that may have some ambient light. Task lighting is also useful for workspaces, such as a workbench or woodshop in the garage, or a space used for arts and crafts.
Task lamps and other similar fixtures are what you install or set up to use for specific activities. Your desk lamp, bedside reading lamp, and even the light over your sink that you turn on to wash dishes are all considered task lights. You’ll usually set them up on side tables or directly above chairs or desks, so you can get really creative with their look, brightness, and placement – just as you can with accent fixtures. Here are some of the task lighting types to guide you through.
- 1. Task lights for reading
- 2. Office task lighting
- 3. Kitchen island pendant lights
- 4. Under cabinet lights
- 5. Task lights for makeup
- 6. Stove cooking surface lights
- 7. Recreational task lighting
3. ACCENT LIGHTING
Accent lighting, also called highlighting, emphasizes objects by focusing light directly on them e.g art pieces, textured walls.
So, if you need a quick way to make your favorite furniture piece or painting appear brighter and stand out more, you are definitely looking for accent lighting. This can be done both inside and outside a building.
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