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Three Types of Lighting

There are three types of lighting that are used in a home: Ambient, Task, and Accent lighting.  All are important to create a  happily lit  home.

Ambient lighting provides overall lighting for a space, or general lighting.  It is intended to light the whole space, and minimize glare & shadow.  Usually, this is seen as a main ceiling light in a bedroom, or a chandelier in a dining room. Recessed lighitng is also being utilized to  light up rooms like kitchens and lower level family rooms.

Task lighting is exactly that – it specifically lights up the area where a task is done.  For instance, utilizing undercabinet lighting over your kitchen counters, an adjustable desk lamp to light up paperwork, or track lighting to spotlight a craft table.

Accent lighting is a great way to draw attention to focal points in a room.  It also is used to create drama and intruige.  This can be achieved by using a small adjustable recessed to spotlight art, or track lighting in front of a fireplace to spotlight some stonework. 

Ambient Lighting - chandelier

Task Lighting

Accent Lighting

2 comments… add one
  • Don Shepherd January 26, 2011, 7:13 pm

    Very informative and very true. How few consumers realize this important aspect of lighting.

  • John January 28, 2011, 1:51 am

    I know it depends on the room but is there lighting that you typically recommend for specific rooms or is it based on personal taste?

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