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A Guide To: layering lighting

Posted on November 01 2017

When it comes to illuminating a room in your home or your setting, the task of finding a single light fixture that can give you everything you need to illuminate your space properly can be a fairly impossible one. This is why you find, across home and commercial spaces, light layering playing a pivotal role.

Together, the right selection of ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting can all interact and interplay, each enacting their purpose as they bring a room to life with a sense of design flexibility and of functionality.

The use of multiple light sources allows for a smooth transition from a bright room used for purposes such as work during the daytime, into a sophisticated space for entertaining in the evening, or a dim room for watching films.

Ambient lighting: the purpose here is to provide a general illumination in a space. Depending on the time of the day or the amount of light coming inside, you can build upon natural sunlight with soft ceiling, floor, and wall lighting to create a glare free glow.

Task lighting: this type of lighting serves to not only provide illumination and allow you to see what you are doing, but also serves the more specific purpose of providing bright and focused lighting for specific activities without strain.

Accent lighting: this is designed to highlight the characteristics, depths, and dimensions of a room, illuminating specific points of interest such as wall decor and / or unique architectural details. Much like task lighting, this type of lighting is offers an added brightness in tandem with ambient lighting.

With light layering basics in hand, you’ll be more than ready to illuminate individual spaces properly.