Last time, we talked about the benefits of LED lighting with brightness, light appearance, and color accuracy. Now let’s talk about how to best implement these ideas in the home. Lighting is typically categorized as ambient, task, accent and decorative lighting. Each category provides a different purpose. When planning home lighting, it is helpful to understand how these different light levels can complement each other.
Ambient (or general) lighting provides a uniform amount of lighting throughout an area or room for general vision and orientation. Recessed down lights, cove lighting or pendant-hung fixtures are typical examples of ambient lighting.
To provide light in an area where an activity takes place, e.g. the kitchen counter top for meal preparation or a reading area. Task lighting is meant to highlight a specific area in addition to the ambient light in that room.
It’s used to highlight objects like works of art, architectural features or plants, by creating contrast in brightness. This is often achieved using recessed or surface mount adjustable fixtures or track lighting, wall grazing and wall washing.
This is the jewelry for the home. The main function of decorative lighting fixtures is to look pretty. Chandeliers and wall sconces are typical examples.
This layered approach to lighting is useful in creating a comfortable, visually balanced atmosphere. Understanding lighting and the various functions is key to minimizing glare and shadows, while adding depth and dimension to your home atmosphere. Now add LED lighting into the mix and you get more versatility, efficiency, longer life, and lower overall heat generation. Yet, the most dramatic benefit is the range of color options (color temperatures) offered by LED lighting, from warm candlelight to cool glacier almost blue light. Layering lighting with various color temperatures gives you tons of great options to decorate your home.
Tune in next week for final chapter in the series.