Zvari Home: Different types of home lighting

The lights you place at home does a lot more than just to light up the place. Sure, its main function is to provide light so that you can see what you’re doing or where you’re going. But in terms of decorations, correct lighting also adds aesthetics to the overall look of your house. It adds a component to the interior design to make it look better.

When it comes to lighting, most people make the mistake of adding more light to their homes. Sure, it makes the interior brighter, but when you want to have as little light as possible to set the mood in an area of your home, you can’t do that with too many bright lights. It’s better to have the right kinds of light that you can use.

For example, you can have a bright light in your living room. After all, it’s the section of the house where you receive guests and you’d want to be able to see each other. But when you don’t have guests and want to relax, you don’t want to open that bright light. This is where some floor lights or pin lights, smaller and cooler kinds of lights will be perfect. They can provide you with enough light to see, but not too bright.

Types of lighting

It can be daunting though to choose what kind of lighting you want for your house. But it’s quite easy if you just remember the three types of lighting you can use: ambient, task, and accent lighting. These types of lighting are the ones you need to consider when you’re planning on how you want to add light to a section of your house.

Ambient lighting

This is the general or main light source of the room and is usually the brightest. It provides a uniform amount of light throughout the section of your house it’s placed in. Its main purpose is to help you see everything in the room and avoid bumping into anything or anyone inside. It also provides an overview of the room by providing light all over.

Since light may also be needed outdoors, there are specific kinds of ambient lighting to be used for that too. It’s usually used to increase visibility outside, and also to increase security. The most important sections outside that needed lights are the front door and the stairs. Lighting up these areas will help prevent any accidents when entering or leaving your house.

Task lighting

As the name suggests, this type of lighting is used to illuminate an area where you’re doing something. It can be used when you’re reading, cooking, or any other activity where you need a light source. The main function of task lights is to provide just enough light to brighten your work area and enhance your productivity. 

It’s a great way to reduce the strain on your eyes when you try to work in an area with less light. Task lighting can come from different albeit smaller sources from ambient lighting and one of the best sources would be lamps. From a table or desk lamps to under counter lamps, you can use any of these to light up your workspace. 

It’s also best to avoid harsh lighting since they can cast shadows that can prevent you from seeing your task.

Accent lighting

Accent lighting meanwhile is used more as a decoration and design rather than a source of light, although it does help with that too. They’re mainly used to help one focus on a certain area or object in the room by providing stronger light than the ambient lighting itself. It’s a unique way to bring out the beauty of an artwork, enhance the colour of the walls, but mainly to show off the item the accent light is used on.

Accent lighting is also a great way to add drama to the room, drawing you to focus on a specific point. A well-made accent light will bring your attention to the object itself and not how it was lighted. Take note though that it takes time and skill to arrange the lighting to achieve your desired effect. 

You might need to experiment on how the light is placed, how bright the light is and how many sources of light you will be using.

How to design with lighting

Designers and most people use the ambient or main lighting as the focal point of their decoration. They usually plan out what kind of light they will use for the main light before they look towards the task or accent lights they’ll use to complement the ambient light. While this is ok in most cases, you’ll need to first take a look at the room and identify how it should be lighted.

If you have a living room with numerous art pieces or plants, you’ll want to highlight those instead of just throwing a bright light all over the room and hope that someone notices it. In this case, it will be best to start with what kind of accent lighting will work on the room, and then what ambient or task lighting, if needed, will complement it.

It’s also best to know first the purpose of a room before you start developing any designs. For a bedroom, the main purpose is to sleep and study so it’s best to have a lamp as your ambient lighting, and another one as your task lighting. Of course, you can still choose to have a main light in the bedroom but usually at a cooler, less harsh colour compared to the lighting used in the living room. 

Light colour and temperature

The colour of the light you used also affects different aspects of the room that it’s used. After all, the colour of the light can affect how a room feels. The light’s colour or colour temperature also helps with understanding how it will interact with the objects in the room. 

Warm light leans toward the orange light, giving the room a cosy and inviting tone. This is a great light colour temperature if you’re looking to make anyone in the room feel relaxed. Meanwhile, true daylight, or the closest colour temperature to natural daylight, is a very crisp, white colour. It usually provides the best light to see the true colours of the objects inside the room,

Cool white, a colour temperature between the warm light and true daylight, gives off a light that has a good balance between the two kinds. They are usually vibrant and bright, perfect when you want to add a bright but not too harsh light inside a room. Artificial daylight, meanwhile, is on the cooler side. They usually give off a blue-white light that’s why it’s considered a cold light. It’s still bright, but not as harsh as true daylight.

Since the different colours and brightness of the light can change the overall tone and feel of the room, experimenting with different lights can change how a room appears. It also changes how the colours of the items in the room appear. Take note though that the wrong colour, it can cause the colours to seem washed out or greyish

What options do you have?

There are a lot of available interior lighting options that you can choose from and while many of them are focused on a single type of lighting, there are also those that can be used in different ways, giving you more options. Take a look at some of the best options you have:

Ceiling lights

These are the most common types of lighting options and there are even more options for ceiling lights. From elegant chandeliers to simple flush mount lights. You just need to find one that meets the needs of the room, and your overall design.

Pendant lights

These types of lights can also be used as ceiling lights, suspended from them on a cord or chain, like a pendant. They are mostly used in kitchens and dining rooms as they provide a lot of light without making them too harsh. 

Track lighting

This is also one of the light types that can be considered ceiling lights. They usually hang from a track with several light heads. What makes it unique is that these light heads can be moved and pointed in different directions, making them great for accent lighting. But with a powerful bulb, it can also be used as ambient lighting.

Under-cabinet lighting

This is a form of task lighting as you have specific lights under the cabinet since areas underneath them tend to be dark. Since kitchens are an important area to get lighted, this is a great way to do so. It helps you with preparing food without having to deal with shadows from having the light behind you. Plus it’s a great way to prepare food in the middle of the night by using smaller lights so no one will know.

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