Monday, May 6, 2013

Lighting Solutions

Decide what to light by analyzing the space in terms of:

  • Function – activities that will be performed in this area
  • Mood – to create an appropriate atmosphere
  • Style – contemporary, traditional, etc.
  • Tasks – consideration to the tasks to be performed
  • Special Objects – items to accent such as paintings or sculptures
  • Seating Areas – consider results based on where people will sit
  • Architectural Features – special features to be emphasized
Once you’ve thought about what type of lighting effects you would like to create for a particular room, you will need to find the right assortment of lighting products to create the desired effect. When considering lighting, take these things into account:
  • General lighting - replaces daylight
  • Accent lighting - to highlight and accentuate
  • Task lighting - for work areas

Below are the different types of lighting and a description of whether they are general, accent, or task lighting.

  • Ceiling fixtures are best used for general lighting.
  • Chandeliers also create a general lighting atmosphere.
  • Dimmers can add drama to any room featuring a chandelier. Don't be restricted to using this feature in the dining room.
  • Hanging fixtures, such as those used in a foyer, will offer general lighting that will create a comfortable level of lighting.
  • Pendants are a versatile way to create task or general lighting. Consider hanging several pendants at various heights over your favorite reading chair for a stylish accent.
  • Portable lamps will create general, task, and accent lighting, but have the added bonus of being mobile.
  • Table lamps, floor lamps, and torchieres come in a variety of shapes and sizes to complement any style.
  • Recessed lighting hides away in your ceiling while offering general, task, and accent lighting.
  • Track lighting is flexible enough to offer each form of lighting and has become a very stylish choice.
  • Wall-mounted fixtures will provide general, task, and accent lighting.

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