Choosing The Right Style Of Lighting For Your Home

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When it comes to interior design, one of the most important aspects you must consider is lighting. Proper lighting can accentuate the mood of a room and make guests feel welcome, whereas improper lighting can make an otherwise pleasant room feel dull. As such, here are three different types of lighting you'll want to consider when renovating your home:

Recessed Lighting

If you have designed your home with a more contemporary style in mind, consider using recessed lighting to set the ambience of the room.

The term 'recessed lighting' actually refers to the fittings that are installed in your ceiling or walls. These fixings are typically hollowed-out rectangles or circles that create what is known as a 'can'. These cans host an interior housing with lights fitted into the structure. While not an aesthetic addition by itself, the protective housing can be modified to fit a number of ceiling or wall designs.

Recessed lighting is a great addition to any modern lounge or bedroom, as the lights can be adjusted to flood a particular area with light. As such, it is great for illuminating any large pieces of artwork or pictures you may have on your wall. Additionally, you can choose to install a dimmer switch alongside the recessed lighting that gives you greater control over the mood of the room.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting refers to a number of different components that are used to bring attention to particular areas of the room. While recessed lighting is great for illuminating large objects, accent lighting focuses on bringing forward smaller items that may otherwise be overlooked. Accent lighting can be used to give texture and clarity to your general lighting scheme. As such, it is a great option for adding shape, depth and shade to an otherwise flat lighting scheme.

Accent lighting also gives you the opportunity to contrast areas of light and shadow in the room to great effect. Typically, accent lighting is made of a number of halogen spotlights, uplights and downlights that direct light to the necessary parts of the room.

When installing accent lighting, it's important that you focus on where you want to direct the light towards. If you are looking to illuminate glass, consider lighting it from below or behind. This will allow the glass to show off its natural shimmer, creating a focal point in your lounge area. If you're looking to show off a bookcase, consider installing a spotlight on the underside of the top shelf.

Task-specific Lighting

This is the type of lighting you will require when doing a specific job. This may be working at your computer in the office, reading a book in the bedroom or writing at your desk. Whatever the reason, you're going to need a lighting scheme that lets you get the job done.

The most important aspect to consider with task lighting is the size of the area you wish to cover. If you install a lamp or light bulb that illuminates too large of an area, you may experience glare from other surfaces due to some light seeping out. This can be particularly distracting as you have to turn away from the source in order to avoid the glare.

As such, consider the tips below when designing your task-specific lighting scheme:

  • If you're buying a light for your desk, choose one that is cantilevered and is adjustable.
  • Remember to choose a stem length that is suitable for your purpose. If it's too short, the light source may be extremely close to your work, which could be distracting.
  • Consider buying clip-on lights that you can move to give the best overall effect.

While setting up table and floor lamps is an easy job, building lighting into your ceiling or walls isn't. The process is particularly cumbersome and can be dangerous if you don't take the correct safety precautions. As such, you should always hire local electricians to carry out these larger installations on your behalf. This will give you the peace of mind that your installation will be carried out properly, reducing the risk of light failures and consequently expensive repairs. 

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