As summer time becomes a memory, our lives turn to more indoor activities. This typically means using more electric light sources, which lead us to evaluating if there is enough illumination in our living spaces. If you find your living space lacking appropriate light, don’t panic; this does not mean a complete lighting upgrade. Instead, break down the layers of light in your space into three categories: General Lighting, Task Lighting and Accent Lighting.
General Lighting, otherwise known as ambient lighting, provides a comfortable level of brightness for one to see and walk about safely. General lighting replaces sunlight and is fundamental to a lighting plan. Ceiling or wall mounted light fixtures, pendants and recessed downlights are typically what provides general lighting in the space.
Task Lighting helps one perform a specific task such as reading, cooking, homework, games and hobbies. Task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows and should be bright enough to prevent eyestrain. Portable lights, pendants or directional lighting fixtures can provide task lighting.
Accent Lighting adds drama to a room by creating visual interest. Highlighting artwork, prized possessions or wall textures draws the eye to these areas. Accent lighting requires at least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting around it. Adjustable track heads, recessed wall-washers or wall mounted light fixtures typically provide this type of lighting.
So when you feel your living space does not have enough light, remember that doesn’t mean an expensive lighting upgrade. Simply evaluate the layers of light in your space and improve the weakest layer. You will be happy with the end results.