Properly lighting your home is key to making it look beautiful and keeping your family safe from potential tripping hazards. Create a welcoming atmosphere with a well-thought-out lighting design paired with a Control4 home automation system. Using the four primary types of lighting, you will create a layered and exciting presentation of light. This blog will break down the four key types of lighting to include in your home lighting control design in importance from most to least important. Read on to get ideas for your home in Amherst or Hamburg, NY, or anywhere in between!
Ambient lighting, also known as general lighting, is the primary source of light for a room and the most important of the four layers. It serves as the foundation of all the lighting in a room, so if it is executed poorly, the rest of the lighting will still look off. Good ambient light is created by sources that bounce off ceilings and walls, some examples of which are floor lamps, chandeliers, track lights, recessed lights, wall-mounted fixtures, and ceiling pendants. Ambient lighting provides a comfortable illumination level and adds a sense of warmth and room depth to a space. In some rooms, this can also double as task lighting. A lighting design expert will help you select what kinds of ambient lighting to use and where to place them for a cohesive strategy.
Before designing the lighting in any room, it is vital to consider the activities that will take place in it. Task lighting is placed to help you accomplish a specific task that needs more than just ambient light. It can be used in activities that use small objects such as sewing, activities that require accuracy like chopping vegetables in the kitchen, and workspaces such as a workbench or home office. Ideally, task lighting is placed between your head and the surface you need to light so that it does not create shadows on your workspace. Desk lamps, floor lamps, and wall-mounted adjustable arm lamps are all excellent options for task lighting.
Accent lighting is designed to highlight essential parts of a room, such as art pieces, plants, pottery, décor, or any other accents, as the name says. Accent lighting should be subtle enough to illuminate the object you are featuring without drawing attention to how it is lit. Some examples are rows of track lighting, under-cabinet lights to highlight your cabinetry, sconces for added illumination, and LED tape lighting for flexible effects.
Finally, decorative lighting creates the mood of a room and adds style to your space. It is not functional by itself, but it is essential to any lighting design. Decorative lighting can include stylish fixtures such as wall sconces, chandeliers, pendant lamps, and other wall-mounted fixtures.
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