Browse thousands of lighting fixtures for a bright and stylish addition to your home. Flat, functional lighting (such as the kind in your office) puts people on the alert. A decorative lighting scheme has variation in light levels and sources that indicate what rooms are for (dim lights in rooms for sleeping, bright lights in playrooms) or what a room’s focal point is. Lighting stores and home remodeling centers have trained personnel who can steer you toward your best possible lighting choices. Bring your floor plans and other decorating notes with you when you consult a lighting expert.
Task, or work, lighting illuminates smaller areas where more intense light is needed. Using higher light per watt (LPW) bulbs in other fixtures or increasing the number of fixtures to boost general lighting fixes this problem. Good task lighting fixture choices are well-positioned recessed lights, track lighting, pendants, table or floor lamps, and under-cabinet lighting strips. Accent lighting adds brilliant shimmer to make your precious objects, paintings, sculptures, and outstanding architectural features stand out.
If you’re using track lighting for wall washing (lighting a nontextured wall) or wall grazing (lighting a textured wall), aim the beam of light at a 30-degree angle from the vertical to prevent glare and hot spots. The use of lighting can add to or subtract from the overall colors of a room or from only those surfaces the light is meant to enhance. Some types of lighting help with this illusion by further illuminating the walls. This is opposed to lights hung from the center of the room, which provide ambient illumination, or wall lighting.
The lighting in a room either provides illumination for the entirety of the room, or it highlights very specific elements. Special picture and mirror frames also have built-in lighting to highlight specific areas on a wall. Recessed lighting can be used in floors and ceilings to create vertical beams of light as opposed to an overall glow from central light fixtures hanging from a ceiling. Consider the style of lighting you want to ensure you get the best directional or luminescent type for the setting.
Look into task-specific lighting for desks and other work areas where functionality is more important than overall room illumination. Corner lamps, wall sconces and centrally hanging lights on the ceiling help brighten a room if natural lighting is not available and help create a visually larger space. Natural lighting is preferred above man-made lighting because it shows off colors better and adds to the visual space of a room by bouncing off reflective surfaces. The fast progression of technological development in lighting at present makes it easier to try to replicate natural light. The key is to understand the use of that room and apply the relevant lighting to ensure it functions well.