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Light layering is as an effective decorating tool used to create a warm, yet functional atmosphere in any room. Light layering begins with strategically placed lighting in various areas of a space. In this article we will examine the three basic types of lighting and explain how they can be incorporated into light layering.
These three basic lighting types include:
– General Lighting
– Task Lighting
– Accent Lighting
Light layering is an interior lighting design that uses all three lighting types at once. This provides a way to illuminate a dark corner of the room, highlight precious artwork, and offers a bright light to work by. With the exception of a few rooms of the house, such as the laundry room and garage, all rooms should be illuminated by a minimum of three layers of light for maximum effect.
An example of how each basic lighting type can be used is as follows:
General Lighting – General lighting is the one light source everyone has in their home. It is the light that allows you to see and move freely through a room. Examples of general lighting may include chandeliers, hanging fixtures, light from ceiling fans, table lamps, floor lamps, fluorescent lighting, and so on.
Task Lighting – Task lighting is an important part of your light layering design, as it is used to provide intense light when you are working on important tasks. Examples of task lighting may include under cabinet lighting, recessed lights, swing arm lamps, desk lamps, and so on.
Accent Lighting – Accent lighting can literally set the mood of the room. Use it to create a romantic glow, a relaxing atmosphere, or to draw attention to an important element in the room. Examples of accent lighting may include uplights, downlights, recessed lighting, or any light that operates on a dimmer switch.
Remember there are no set rules to light layering. You can use virtually any form of lighting as a minimum of three basic lighting types are used. Recessed lighting can be both general lighting and accent lighting, depending on where and how it is used. Light layering simple means using more than one type of light source for a variety of activities in the same room.
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