Basic Guide to Layered Lighting

It’s important to include a variety of lighting sources when developing the design of your space. Not only can it evoke a certain aesthetic and create atmosphere, but an effective layered lighting plan can transform an area into a multifunctional space with the flip of a switch.  Here’s our crash course on layered lighting basics to consider in your next redesign.

Ambient Lighting

This is your overall light source, acting as a visual aid to complete everyday tasks and general maneuvering throughout a space.  This includes your general overhead lighting such as recessed can lights, track lights, or pendant lighting.  You want your ambient lighting to produce a general glow for your space, providing a flat and natural blanket of light without creating any harsh glares.

Task Lighting

Task lighting provides concentrated light levels in order to perform specific tasks or functions.  Desk lamps, table lamps, undercabinet lights, or swinging arm lamps direct light in a certain area where additional light is needed to complete the work at hand. When selecting your task lighting be sure to consider brightness, adjustability, and color temperature.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is all about drama, directing light to create a focal point in the room.  This may include wall washers highlighting a feature wall or cove lighting to draw your eye to specific ceiling details.  It may be the light fixture itself, a decorative pendant light or ornamental chandelier that not only adds supplemental lighting but becomes the focal point itself.  By incorporating accent lighting, you're adding a level of sophistication to your space and enhancing the atmosphere of the room. 

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