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The Layers of Light

You've probably heard it a hundred times: "You need to layer your lighting!". That sounds like a great idea, but what does it really mean? When properly lighting a room, it's best to look at lighting from three points: Ambient, Task, and Accent.


1. Ambient lighting, or general lighting, provides an area with overall illumination. Ambient lighting radiates a comfortable level of brightness


glare and allows you to see and walk about safely.
Various types of fixtures can provide overall illumination to a room, including chandeliers, ceiling fans with light kits, wall-mounted fixtures, and recessed or track lights.


2. Task lighting is exactly as it sounds, it is incorporated to help you perform specific tasks, such as reading, grooming, preparing and cooking food, doing homework, working on hobbies, etc. Task lighting can come from recessed and track lighting, pendants, undercabinet lighting, as well as portable floor and desk lamps.


3. Accent lighting adds drama and style to a room by creating visual interest. As part of an interior lighting design scheme, it is used to draw the eye to houseplants, paintings, sculptures and other prized possessions. Accent lighting can also be used to highlight the texture of a stone wall, window treatment or even outdoor landscaping.

Once you have all your layers selected, it's best to use different light switches and dimmers, so that you can choose which lights to have on depending what activity you're doing. For example, you may want both your under cabinet, recessed and island lights on when you're cooking for ample light, however you may choose to turn off your recessed and under cabinet lights once dinner is ready, and simply use your island fixtures for a dimmed, relaxed environment.


For more tips, or for help sizing or selecting fixtures for your home, visit our lighting experts here in the showroom!


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