Types of Lighting to Enhance Your Home

This entry was posted on 7th August 2010

You can definitely create any kind of ambience in your home by managing different light sources. To be able to do this, you must understand the basics of lighting. Here are the different light treatments that you can play with to make dramatic changes in your room's appearance. There are two types of illumination sources. The first one is artificial lighting and the second is natural lighting. Artificial lighting can be broken down into three: general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. There are advantages and disadvantages for these two kinds of lighting. Hopefully, you’ll be able to balance these pros and cons for your lighting needs.

Artificial Lighting

Artificial lighting makes use of electricity to produce the illumination inside a home. You are most familiar with general lighting or illumination which is the light that we require to do our daily tasks inside a room. One of the sources of general illumination that is becoming a top design trend is the chandelier. Gone are the days when chandeliers dominate formal dining rooms. Now, chandeliers are used in bedrooms, powder rooms, and even the bathroom. For chandeliers, dimmers are necessary for you to generate the kind of you light you want. On the other hand, task lighting allows you to perform a specific function. Think about the kind of light you need to read or sew or draft a design. To make task lighting more effective, the bottom of the lamp shade should at eye level when you are seated. This prevents you from straining your eyes. Make it higher and you’ll have to deal with glare. If it’s lower than eye level, you’ll see the light reflected off the paper. The third kind of artificial lighting is accent lighting. This is the kind of light that enhances an area or emphasises an object inside a room. This kind of lighting adds drama to a room setup. It also highlights some aspects of the room you want to draw attention to. Generally, light sources that are 60 watts or less qualify as accent lights. Wall sconces, small lamps, or even lights inside cabinets are some examples of accent lighting.

Natural Light

Natural lighting comes from architectural details, such as windows or sun roofs. You often purchase homes because of the amount of natural light it has. Natural light’s beauty cannot be beat by any artificial light. It can also bring down your energy costs because you consume less electricity to light your home. However, having natural light can also be a curse especially in rooms that face roads or neighbouring houses. Natural light must be managed, and motorised window blinds make this task a breeze. Blinds and shades can diffuse or block the light, depending on the kind of material and fabric they are made of. Natural lighting and artificial lighting can both be harnessed for your interior decorating needs. Understanding how light behaves in your room based on the colour and texture of your walls is the first step to create a beautiful home.

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