Layering Light

The best lit rooms almost always use some type of light layering. Using different types of lighting help achieve a balanced look.  Each lighting type (ambient, task and accent) fills a particular need.

When you plan the layers of lighting in a room, it usually makes sense to plan out ambient light sources first, then task and accent.  That way you work from general room lighting to specific.

Ambient lighting can also be called general lighting. It provides a general illumination for a larger area. A typical source for this lighting type is recessed ceiling cans or flush mount ceiling fixtures. Wall sconces and ceiling mounted fixtures can also be used.

Task lighting targets a particular area of a room. It’s called “task lighting” because it typically sheds light on an area of a room where a task is performed. It is used in areas where reading, cooking, grooming, and other activities that require more light.  Under-cabinet lighting, lamps and floor lamps are great examples of task lighting fixtures.

Accent lighting can also be called highlighting. This lighting type draws attention to an object or architecture. It can be used to create a focal point out of a favorite art piece, plant, or water feature. Track lighting, and sconces are typically used to achieve accent lighting.

If you’d like help achieving a balanced look in your home or office, call us or stop on by our locations. Our expert lighting staff can help you start layering lighting types to make your room more comfortable and usable.