Home Lighting Resources
Welcome to our Home Lighting Resources Page. An informative and comprehensive site aimed at learning and answering any questions you might have regarding lighting fixtures. This guide will include general information about the different types and characteristics of lighting. It will help you in your decision to choose the perfect lighting for your home and all around. If there is something specific you would like to know about, feel free to email us your questions, we work with leading experts to provide you with accurate and up to date source for lighting
FUNDAMENTALS OF RESIDENTIAL LIGHTING
The type of lighting you use plays an important role in your home. It can be a reflection of your personality, and provide an infinite number of purposes. With the right interior lighting, you can create a welcoming atmosphere, a romantic mood, or a bright and energetic place to work. With a combination of different interior lighting types, you can set a lighting scheme that will satisfy your functional needs, and create an environment you can feel at peace with.
In this piece, we will look at the basic types of interior lighting, and the various lighting shapes and forms of each. Times have changed, and lighting doesn't have to come from bulky table lamps or bright fluorescent bulbs. Now, with the touch of a switch your lighting source can be controlled by a mood-setting dimmer switch, or even remote control.
Basic Types Of Lighting
A good lighting plan combines all types to light an area according to function and style.
Any discussion of home lighting must begin with three (Ambient, Task. and Accent) of the five important concepts.
- Ambient Lighting (General lighting)
- Task Lighting
- Accent Lighting
- Layered Lighting
- Dimming and Lighting Control ( e-Home Systems / Home Automation )
Ambient Lighting (General Lighting)
Ambient lighting provides an area with overall illumination, and or is a term used to describe the total amount of light that is present in a space. We can say that a room has high or low levels of ambient lighting. General lighting enables you to see and walk around safely by radiating a comfortable level of brightness. It can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, recessed or track lights, and with lanterns outside your home. Think of general lighting as a basic form of lighting to replace sunlight. General lighting is fundamental to a lighting plan and as such should be your first consideration when designing.
While most of the time ambient light comes from the fixtures listed below; in certain applications, it can be the culmination of all of the accent, decorative, and task that produces the total ambient.
The type of light source selected for ambient light depends on the type and use of the space or room. Living rooms and bedrooms may use Soft White Incandescent's to achieve a warm even glow in the space. Fluorescent lights will achieve higher illumination levels in a larger area such as garages and utility rooms. In places such as kitchens and bathrooms, it is often good practice to provide multiple types of lighting that can provide high levels of ambient lighting for some tasks, and low levels of ambient lighting for other activities. Places such as laundry rooms and closets are best illuminated with high levels of ambient lighting, although they also should be provided with dimming controls that allow the high ambient level to be reduced when desired. In spaces such as family rooms and bedrooms it is best to provide ambient lighting primarily from portable lamps and wall mounted lighting such as wall sconces.
Ambient lighting can also be provided by placing surface mounted fixtures at the ceiling. A recent trend is the use of decorative chandeliers in almost any space in the home. A chandelier is highly useful for providing high ambient lighting when necessary, or it can be dimmed to provide a very soft and low level of ambient lighting.
The right light for the task.
Task lighting is the lighting necessary to carry out specific activities in the home. Generally, task lighting is higher in intensity than other types of lighting. There are four primary tasks that require higher than average lighting levels.
- Lighting for food preparation and cooking
- Lighting for grooming (shaving, putting on makeup, etc.)
- Lighting for reading or working on detailed arts and crafts.
- Lighting for a variety of activities in a laundry room.
Task Lighting is lighting which is focused or directional, on a specific surface or area to make the completion of visual tasks easier. It is differentiated from area and mood lighting, which are designed simply to illuminate various regions of a space, sometimes creating specific desired effects. Task lighting takes a variety of forms, from generator-mounted lighting for night-time roadwork to lights which are installed under kitchen cabinets to ensure that counters are brightly lighted.
Obviously, visual tasks are easier to perform when the work area is well lit. Task lighting also eases eye strain when it is installed with care, which can make the work environment more pleasant. In industries where eye strain is a major issue, like computing, task lighting can also keep workers healthy and happy. Many people incorporate good task lighting into ergonomic office and workplace layouts, recognizing that well lighted conditions are very important for everyone from jewelers to computer programmers.
In kitchens, task lighting ensures that work spaces are well illuminated so that people can clearly see what they are doing, allowing people to read recipes while they cook, for example, or ensuring that people clean their counters properly. In places like living and dining rooms, task lighting is often situated over tables and chairs to make it easier for people to see each other or to read. In the workplace, task lighting helps reduce eye strain from computers and from focusing on work which can range from sewing to working on a hobby or craft project.
Task lighting for offices tips:
- The highest level of lighting is created by placing these adjustable lamps as close to the job area as possible.
- Reduce the potential of shadow with your writing hand. If you're right handed, place the task lighting lamp on the left side. If you're left-handed, place the lamp on the right side.
- The lamp belongs on the side of the task. Don't place the lamp in front of the task being worked on as this may create a glare that can be reflected from surfaces such as the polished wood desk, shiny magazine covers, or other desk accessories.
- Use task lamps with some amount of ambient room lighting, never in a darkened room.
- A recommendation for writing and reading illumination is usually 50 to 100 fc-c. Computer work only requires about 25 fc-c (fc-c stands for "foot candle," the standard of light based on the measurement of light emanating from a candle/candles on an object one foot away).
- Focus the lamp downward onto the particular object being used, such as a report you are reading.
- Do not point the lamp at or have it reflecting off your computer screen.
- The lit bulb should not be visible to the eye of any person in the room; a complete hood and proper positioning downward onto the task surface are important.
Accent lighting instantly creates visual interest to any space, and is something you frequently see in outdoor lighting. It is often used to illuminate shrubbery, to highlight the texture of a brick or stone wall, window treatments or outdoor landscaping. sculptures, and other Garden landscaping. Adding accent lighting to the interior of your home is popular, it is used to draw the eye to house plants, to spotlight paintings, alcoves, bookcases, or other prized possessions. Some examples of accent lighting include recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting, portable lamps, track lighting, or wall mounted fixtures. To be effective, accent lighting requires as least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surrounding it.
It's best to light in layers, to achieve the best lighting effect throughout your home. You'll add depth and dimension, making every room in your home a true stand out. The key is to specify layered lighting for practical usage and visual effect. That includes a combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting. Generally, three layers are a good target for achieving a good balance of lighting. Layered lighting is the process of placing multiple types of lighting in a single space. The most comfortable lighting conditions in a home are often created when the lighting is being created from a variety of sources.