One of the most important elements in interior decorating is home lighting. The lighting design is an instrumental component for creating a mood for any room or setting. The one that is selected for various areas of a home can affect not only things such as mood, disposition, performance and even morale, but it can also play a big part in providing proper safety and security for the family.
When people decide on what type of lights to use throughout their abode, it is important to take into consideration how each of the rooms will be used, as the fixtures will enhance and sustain the types of activities that will be carried out and give the kind of ambiance that is desired for each area. This requires taking a careful look at all of the lighting fixtures and lighting accessories that will be installed, and also the types of additional table lamps and floor lamps that will be added to the overall lighting design plan.
In order to make sure that the homeowner can achieve the desired effects throughout the home, the first step is to grasp a general understanding of the various types of home lighting available. The better the homeowner understands the difference between ambient, task, accent and the effective use of natural lighting, the better outcome they will enjoy.
Ambient one, or general lighting, is the type of light that can illuminate a whole room. It is often a great idea to also install some type of dimmer device so that the homeowner can control the amount of light; either brighter for specific tasks or more subtle for entertainment and relaxation. Some of the most common types of ambient lighting fixtures are recessed lights, sconces, wall washers, track lighting, chandeliers, cove lighting, and various types of surface mounted lights.
The purpose of task one is to provide enough light for required tasks that need to be done in a certain space, such as cooking, reading, shaving, doing homework, or doing crafts or other such activities. Task one needs to be glare-free and it should be bright enough to make it easy to see things without straining the eyes. Typical types of task one are under cabinet lights, pendant lights, valance and various types of portable lighting fixtures, such as desk lamps and floor lamps.
Accent lighting is used to provide illumination to specific objects, such as an item of sculpture, a work of art, plants or architectural elements. In most instances, accent one is about three times as bright as typical ambient lighting, although this can be different depending on the desired effect. Sconces, track lighting, wall washers and under-cabinet lights are some types of fixtures that can be used for accent one.
Another aspect of home lighting that is important to consider is the natural light that comes into a room through doorways, skylights and windows. It is important to remember that the brightness and intensity of natural light will vary a great deal based on the time of year, the time of day and the weather. It is always advisable to take natural light into account whenever you are creating a lighting design plan.