When designing a lighting plan for the rooms in your home, you need to consider the variety of activities that occur there. You need to determine how you want to use your home’s space in order to decide what kind or kinds of lighting you will need.
If you are going to be reading, sewing, or some other specific activity, then you will need “task lighting.” This lighting needs to allow you to complete your task without getting blinded, but also without needing to strain your eyes to get the job done! For instance, reading requires task lighting that comes from behind the reader’s shoulder or reflects off the ceiling or wall.
Beyond performing tasks, you will also want to highlight or feature certain areas. This is done through “accent lighting.” When you look around your home, what do you see? More importantly, what do you WANT to see? It may be a particular piece of artwork, an unusual plant, or an interesting architectural feature. For instance, if you have a fireplace made of brick, you and your certified lighting specialist may decide to emphasize this feature with recessed lights installed in the ceiling over the mantle. This type of lighting creates an interesting effect across the surface of the stone. No matter what you choose to emphasize, accent lighting will help it stand out and add a dramatic touch.
Finally, there is the “ambient lighting.” This is the general lighting that provides overall illumination to the areas in use. Let’s look again at the fireplace. Another way to attract attention to this area is by adding wall sconces on each side. Not only does this draw attention to its beauty, but it also adds general lighting to the room.
The value added to your home by adding appropriate lighting is twofold. You get to enjoy the beauty of your home AND when it is time to sell your home, you will find that the value of your home has increased. Bring your home out of the shadows and into the 21st century. Enhance its beauty and create the mood of your choice today.
by Teri M Brown