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3 Basic Types of Lighting For Any Home

Posted by Alexa Lerner on Feb 19, 2016 11:15:38 AM

According to the American Lighting Association, there are 3 basic types of lighting for any home: ambient, task and accent. All 3 types should be "layered" in each room to strike the right balance of lighting function and design.

3 Important Types of Lighting For Your Home

1. Ambient Lighting

Also known as general lighting, ambient lighting provides overall illumination for a room. It is intended to create a uniform level of brightness, without glare, and is the primary source of lighting in a space. Proper ambient lighting is key to a good lighting plan and be achieved with:

Recessed Fixtures
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Image courtesy Progress Lighting, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Chandeliers
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Crystorama Sylvan by Libby Langdon. Image courtesy Crystorama, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Wall Sconces
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Corbett Lighting Queen Bee wall sconce. Image courtesy Corbett Lighting, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

2. Task Lighting

Task lighting is intended to illuminate a specific spot such as a kitchen prep area, a reading space or a desk surface. This type of lighting is functional, but as you can see, function can also be beautiful.

Pendants, Multi-Bulb
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ET2 Larmes. Image courtesy ET2, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Pendants, Single-Bulb
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LBL Mekanic pendant. Image courtesy LBL Lighting, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Under Cabinet
3_Basic_Types_of_Lighting_For_Any_Home-Task_2Image courtesy Kichler, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

3. Accent Lighting

Directional, or accent, lighting is used to create visual interest by drawing the eye to a particular object. For instance, track lighting can highlight a beautiful painting, sculpture or other objet d'art.

Track Lighting
3_Basic_Types_of_Lighting_For_Any_Home-Accent_1Progress Lighting Illuma-Flex track system. Image courtesy Progress Lighting, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Wall Mounted
3_Basic_Types_of_Lighting_For_Any_Home-Accent_2Image courtesy Progress Lighting, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Ceiling Mounted
3_Basic_Types_of_Lighting_For_Any_Home-Accent_3Hubbardton Forge Theta. Image courtesy Hubbardton Forge, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

 

Carefully consider how all 3 types of lighting will work together in each room in your home as you develop a lighting plan. Function and beauty can be achieved with layering of light and a good lighting plan will always enhance the unique qualities of your home.

 

*Photos courtesy of our friends at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

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