Ever stepped into a model home and just became astounded by how “dream-like” it looked? It might have made you want to buy that house or find a way to make your current home more like that dream house. But what if I told you that lighting might of been a huge part of why you fell in love with that house in the first place? Yup! Lighting has a huge rule in how you see things and what to focus on – literally.
Indoor home lighting can be broken down into three major categories. Each of them has a certain task to play in creating the utopian home experience we’ve all seen and yearn for.
Ambient & General Lighting
If you’ve ever experienced a power blackout, you will truly appreciate what ambient lighting does for you. More commonly known as general lighting, ambient light creates uniform lighting level through the room that allows you to see and walk about safely. Ambient lighting can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling lights, wall-mount fixtures, track lighting, recessed lighting, and even table and floor lamps. All of these can be used in conjunction with dimmers to set a mood for the room. Without having the right amount of illumination, you could potentially have too much light causing glare or too little light causing dark spots.
This adds illumination to an area that requires you to complete a task, such as: reading a book, preparing food and cooking, doing homework, and many others. You can have task lighting by track lighting, pendant lighting, and undercabinet lighting. There are also stand alone floor and desk lamps that you can use for completing task in light. Keep in mind with task lighting that it should be bright enough to perform the task at hand without being overwhelmingly bright, causing glare and without shadows.
Accent Indoor Home Lighting
Art rooms, theaters, hotels – these are just a few places that use accent lighting to its fullest potential. Accent lighting creates drama to a room by forming visual interest to an object or architectural features. Never limit it into: statues, paintings, houseplants, or cabinetry. As well as outdoor accent lighting, such as trees: plants, rocks, and water features.
Accent lighting can come in all different forms via track lighting, chandeliers, speciality lighting, and wall sconces. Use these at least three times as much as the ambient lighting. This will give it definition, but it should never be the focal point.
Putting it All Together
Having it all will give you the best experience for your room and home. Missing one of the light types or having uneven levels for one or more will create a bad experience. Having an interior light designer is best advice to turn your ordinary room into extraordinary boom! Wire Craft can help you by making the electrical wiring to light up your dream house in no time.
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