Using different type of lights in layers have been noticeably trending among builders and designers to create visual interest within a space when it comes to lighting design. Just as interior designers use pattern, color, and texture, the same approach is used in lighting design.
Lighting is one of the most important features in a home, which has power to change the mood and even how the space is perceived in both size and function. Poorly placed or not enough lights can leave your home feeling dark and unpleasent. Too much light makes you risk a room being too bright or wasting money on unnecessary items.
Specific types of lighting help to illuminate the walls and ceilings, giving the impression that they’re bigger or smaller, highly depending on how they’re placed. Wall lights can add length and size to an entry hall, as well as act as a guidance for the flow of the home. While implementing an electric plan, you must start the design process from your facade, then go through each room by room until you end up at the rear /outdoor section of your home.
Layered lighting refers to combining different lighting elements to create a pleasant and visually comfortable space, which is achieved through the use of three important types of lighting: ambient, accent, and task lighting.
Ambient lighting is the most common source of illumination in the home. For example, ceiling down lights. It provides overall, general lighting that radiates a comfortable level of brightness. A central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan. Examples of ambient lighting include pendants, cove lighting, down lights and wall washing. Since ambient lighting is usually uniform and diffuse, it can come across as dimmer, which is why the next layer of lighting, accent lighting, is needed.
Task lighting helps you to perform specific tasks or activities that would typically require more light such as reading, personal grooming and preparing meals. Task lighting can be included as part of the general lighting system in a space or as additional localized lighting.
Examples of task lighting involves a portable desktop lamp, table lamp, floor lamp and reading lights, which can be used in areas where the activity or furniture is likely to change positions; lounge, dining, bedrooms. Bathrooms are a perfect example where we need to use task lighting to complete daily activities.
Accent lighting adds drama to a room by creating visual interest. It can emphasize paintings, house plants and collectables, or highlight the texture of a wall, or outdoor landscaping. In order to be effective, accent lighting requires at least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surrounding it. The main goal of accent lighting is to draw attention through contrasts in brightness.
Examples of accent lighting included track lighting, wall washing, amiable down lights and directional luminaries. Track lighting enables the tracks to move in the direction you would like them to and illuminate the area you wanted to highlight.
Accent lighting, in other words is a form of decorative lighting to some degree as it act as a source of creating a focal point and highlight the art as a feature piece in your home.
These lights are considered as ornaments of a home, and requires effort while selecting to match well with style, color and design. Decorative lights also act as task lighting and accent lighting but not as ambient lighting, as they cannot be used for every day lighting source. Pendant lights are one of the endless examples of decorative lights. Pendant and/or decorative suspended light choices can be used in a number of ways:
Mood lighting uses different tones and colors of light, as well as different levels of brightness, with the aim of influencing the atmosphere of a room. In many cases, it uses soft, warm light to induce a feeling of calm and relaxation. Other accent lighting elements, such as a starry sky effect using points of light, decorative light fixtures, color and bordering, can also be used to create visual interest and balance in a space.
Designing a well lit room requires using all four of these types of lighting, in a way that will complement the style and function of a room. Layering light in a space is the key to effective lighting design and is important because it provides functionality and visual interest to every room. Recessed canned lights in the ceiling provide ambient light while the two chandeliers overhanging the table provide extra task lighting for a key area of the room.
Finally, lighting inside the upper level cabinets light up the dishware that act as decor on display inside. Lighting may not seem the most important aspect but it is one of the most crucial design that helps to create and change moods in a space.