There are many types of lighting that can be used in various rooms of the home.
There are many ways to light a room. And the room's function greatly determines the way it should be lit. If a room is too tall, use low luminaries that let no light out of the top to help shorten those high ceilings; skylights are also a good choice for natural light.
If a room is smaller, visually pushone wall open by washing it with natural light or directed recessed lighting.
|Sky lights and beams for tall ceilings.|
|White walls reflect light.|
|Recessed ceiling lights and drop lights for lower ceilings.|
Natural lighting: Sunlight, candlelight and firelight; this is light that moves and is sometimes referred to as kinetic. The quality of natural light, sunlight in particular, depends on many things — time of day, weather, and season it is.
|This has it all: under counter lights, ceiling recessed lights, fireplace for ambience and natural light.|
Task lighting: Task lighting is just that; lighting that's used to perform daily activities such as reading, computer,cooking, shaving, putting on makeup, etc. It needs to be glare-free.
Different banks of task light are useful in the kitchen — near the stove and chopping areas are places for this type of lighting. Task-lighting sources are never seen and any task light should have a reflective shield. Ambient lighting and task lighting go hand in hand. Pools of light created by several spots produce a lovely effect.
Ambient light: A source of light that washes a room with a glow. It flattens an interior and creates very little shadow. A wall sconce is an example of ambient lighting.
A balancing act is important in all rooms when it comes to light. Up lights, down lights and wall washers work well together. They make a good team in almost any room and if dimmers are added they can perform well in any atmosphere.
|Natural light with task lamps.|
|Very tall ceilings require additional light; while the tall windows give natural light.|
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