"More and more, so it seems to me, light is the beautifier of the building."
Frank Lloyd Wright - architect
As we've talked about in the past two posts, lighting is a crucial aspect of design and is found in three different categories: Ambient, Task, and finally Accent lighting.
Accent Lighting is almost like the jewelry of lighting. It highlights aspects of your home that you want to stand out. Whether it's artwork, your fireplace, or some shelving, accent lighting is used to help create or accentuate a focal point in your room. Accent lighting should be a more concentrated form of light, usually three times the general illumination level.
Check out these common uses of accent lighting.
As you can see, lighting makes a huge difference in design and functionality as well. Having a good mix of the three types of lighting will give you the best outcome in your space. Just remember, the best lighting design is one that is barely noticeable!
"Light is the first element of design; without it there is no color, form, or texture."
Thomas E. Farin - educator, lighting consultant, entrepreneur
Last week we talked about lighting and that in order to properly illuminate your home, you should have three different types of lighting- ambient, task, and accent. This week, we will be looking further into the second type of lighting: Task Lighting.
Task lighting focuses on function. When looking at your room, determine what types of activities will be performed in this space. Task lightning is used to illuminate those areas where finer tasks are being completed such as reading, writing, food prep, and more. By adding focused lighting to these areas, it should prevent glare and eyestrain, making everyday activities easier.
Task lighting is used in a wide variety of ways such as:
Under Cabinet Lighting
Next week we will finish up by exploring accent lighting and exactly where you should use it in your home.