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The “Triple Crown” of Interior Illumination: Three Essential Lighting Types

Edited by: Stacey Heugh   Images: Illumina Lighting 

Three Essential Lighting Types

Interior illumination can be classified into three distinct lighting types, namely: ambient lighting such as pendant lights; task lighting such as desk lamps, standing lamps, spot or wall lights; and accent lighting which is used for decorative purposes or to make statements.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting meets the necessary requirements for subtle and effective interior Illumination.

  • Also known as general lighting, ambient lighting encourages hazard-free navigation throughout a room by bouncing light off the ceiling for even diffusing and minimal shadows.
  • A dimmer switch allows one to adjust mood and timbre of a room’s ambient lighting.
  • Typically, a central source mounted on the ceiling, it addresses the practical requirements of ambient lighting.
  • However, ambient lighting is simply the “base” layer in a well-forecasted lighting implementation. Multi-layered illumination is achieved in concert with wall-mount sconces, portable lamps, and hanging pendants.

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Task Lighting

Whilst ambient illumination welcomes one into the room, task lighting is focused on the myriad tasks one might act in the room. The demands of task lighting vary substantially from room to room.

  • The kitchen demands strong, focused shadow-free lighting at food prep stations; yet at the same time, warm and inviting illumination that underscores the room’s role in social gatherings.
  • The bathroom demands highly focused vanity illumination; this assists one with very detailed personal grooming.
  • The living areas have diverse lighting requirements and can be met with a variety of pendants, wall-mounts, and portables. This is due to activities such as reading, game-playing, and general hobbies.

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Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is not just utilitarian. Lighting creates and complements the thoughtful design. A room might play host to various textures, layers, and works of art but these design aspects only garner appreciation when they can be seen.

  • Accent lighting encourages one to focus attention on specific areas that highlight a room’s aesthetic features.
  • Thoughtfully placed sconces will draw the eye to architectural elements, such as the interesting texture of a stone-clad fire-place. In the same way, a picture lamp tastefully illuminates a prized possession.
  • In order to achieve its full potential, accent lighting should be three times brighter than the ambient light surrounding the area of focus.

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Category: Design