Types of Lighting to Suit Your Needs
What Kind of Lighting is Right For Your Room?
Ambient, or general, lighting is the most basic of the 3 types. It provides an area with overall illumination – a comfortable level of brightness without glare.
Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan; it’s the base upon which you add all other layers of lighting.
Task lighting adds brightness to areas of a room where daily activities – like reading, studying, cooking or applying makeup – are performed.
To enhance visual clarity and prevent eyestrain, effective task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows.
Accent, or directional, lighting is typically used to highlight certain objects or architectural features, such houseplants, paintings, sculptures, a decorative range hood or carved cabinet doors.
It should always be about three times the general illumination level. Accent lighting should never be the focal point. In fact, it’s meant to work without being seen.