Monday, July 15, 2013

Home Lighting Options


Lighting a home or office properly not only creates ambiance, but also helps us reduce the number of lights on at one time, saves us energy, saves us money and reduces our impact on the environment.

Today’s article was submitted by Ingo Schaer is the President and CEO of He has been in the lighting business for more than 20 years and is holding a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. He regularly blogs on a variety of modern lighting and interior design topics, often focusing on practical solutions. You can find him on Google+.

The Fundamentals Of Lighting For The Home

If you are at the point of your life where you are designing a home, whether it is your first home or your fifth home you should be aware of the fundamentals of lighting for the home. Lighting fundamentals include the type of lighting that is provided, and the sources that you can gain lighting from. There are three types of lighting and they include: ambient, task, and accent. Furthermore, there are a ton of different types of modern lighting sources. Before you can make any real decisions on the type of modern lighting sources that you wish to incorporate in to your lighting system solution, you will need to assess the type of lighting that you are looking to provide to each specific area of the home.

First, you will need to evaluate the space that you are looking to add a lighting system solution to. Are there windows, glass walls, or glass doors? If there are any of these then that affects the need for lighting during the day. If you are going to have a lot of natural lighting during the day then your lighting system solution will primarily be designed for use during the night or late day times. Once you know the natural lighting situation, you will be able to move forward with considering the type of basic lighting that you are looking for.

Ambient lighting is also known as general lighting. Ambient lighting illuminates the overall area with an all-encompassing light that will provide you with the ability to navigate and utilize the room in general. This type of light provides a comfortable and basic type of lighting that will be good for use during the day or during the night.

Task lighting is lighting that is designed with a specific task in mind. For example, if you like to read while you lounge on the couch in the living and family room, then you will want to have a lighting solution that will allow you to illuminate that specific area at a greater level than the overall rest of the room.

Accent lighting is when you need to add dimension or depth to a room. This is the type of lighting that will allow you to highlight a piece of art or décor, and also the type of modern lighting that you can add structural depth to the room with. There are many types of lighting solutions that will assist you in creating each of these goals.

Some of the most common types of lighting include recess lighting, track lighting, pendant lighting, chandeliers, sconces, and under cabinet lighting. If you are designing a room with a specific look in mind you can choose from these various types of lighting to create the look that you are going for. It is an exciting time to analyze the type of lighting that you will need to complete a room, a look, or the design of a home.

If you are in the market for a lighting system solution then you should familiarize yourself with the lighting fundamentals. You will need to know what type of natural lighting situation you are starting out with. Then you will need to assess if you need ambient lighting, task lighting, or accent lighting. Finally, once you have evaluated all of that, you will be able to decide what type of lighting to include in your lighting system solution.

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