Lighting is a very important feature of your home, though it is often considered towards the finishing stages. Improper lighting makes the furniture look dull, artwork unattractive and even food less appetizing. The type and intensity of lighting required will depend on the purpose for which the room is to be used.
Typically, three types of lighting can be made use of: general, accent and task. Overhead fixtures provide general lighting to a space. They do not focus on any specific objects. When you enter a room, you first switch on a light that is fixed onto the ceiling to generally brighten up the area. Task lighting illuminates an area where you do some work, say craft work. Accent lighting is made use of to enable a work of art to be seen clearly.
It is important to provide proper lighting inside a kitchen. People are using recessed lighting quite commonly these days in kitchens as well as in other rooms in homes. Such lights are referred to as “cans” and work like task lights when they are installed over cooking and food preparation areas. They can be fitted with dimmers so that their brightness can be adjusted and used as general lighting. You can keep lighting fixtures in front of sinks, stove, refrigerators and other food preparation areas at the center or with a gap of three to six feet.
If you are planning lighting for your kitchen, never compromise on under-cabinet lighting. It highlights the backslash of your kitchen and will be helpful when you have to work under overhead cabinets. If there is an eat-in area in your kitchen, it is good idea to use pendant lighting. It will not only add to the décor, but also improve the appearance of the space.
Recessed lighting is good for any room, especially bedrooms. They can be used for general lighting in bedrooms, but task lighting is to be provided in the sitting area and by the bedside. A perfect solution for task lighting is lamps. They can be provided anywhere and matched with the room’s décor. Lamps meet functional requirements and sometimes provide inspiration for designing a room’s décor. You may make use of floor as well as table lamps in bedrooms, living rooms and dens to create locations for doing such work as reading, sewing, etc. They may used for lighting the way as well. Task lighting with arms that can be moved and adjustable heads will be of great help if you often engage in close work.
Track lighting is best option for hall ways and showcasing artwork. This is because an individual fixture can be adjusted to focus on what needs to be highlighted. These types of lighting also work well in rooms that have high ceilings as the fixture can be hung down to bring light to the floor.
Bathrooms also require both general and task lighting. In shower areas, you must only use recessed fixtures that are enclosed so as to make them waterproof. The vanity area requires task lighting. You can use sconces on both sides of the mirror for effect. Instead, you can also use a single fixture fitted above the mirror, keeping the decorative aspect in view. A chandelier can also be used to provide general lighting in a room as it adds elegance to the ambience and helps to define a space. For example, a chandelier used in the dining area helps to define the space by providing light to the table.