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Layers of Light - Indoor Lighting

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Jun 14, 2016 1:39:15 PM


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 Light can change a room.

Before you reach for paint, plan for new windows, or think about an interior remodel to make your space feel bigger and brighter, it may be very useful to take a second look at your lights.

The types of lights you choose and the way you combine different depths of fixtures can alter both the feel and functionality of your space. Read on to find out more about some of the different options you have available to you. 



Also known as ambient lighting, general lighting is the primary light source for a space. Commonly ceiling-mounted luminaires are used to illuminate a room. These work best for general tasks and increasing visibility for common tasks, and work to enhance the general appeal of a space.

Examples: Pendants, Wall Washing, Downlights, Cove Lighting




This light is used to provide focused and localized illumination for a specific activity. Reading, assembly, and cooking all require additional light, on top of general space lighting. When selecting these features, attention needs to be paid to finish and style, as they can also serve as décor pieces.

Examples: Undercabinet Lights, Floor Lights, Table Luminaires





An accent light is used to highlight the aesthetics of an object. A piece of art, or architectural feature, can be brought out or showcased using this layer of light to emphasize textures, shapes, colours, and finishes.

Examples: Track Lighting, Directional Luminaires, Aim-able Downlights



Decorative lights not only contribute to the illumination of a room, but they also act as spatial accessories, enhancing its overall appeal. They are multifunctional in use as pieces of décor and as light sources.

Examples: Cylinders, Pendants, Chandeliers, Table Lamps, Floor Lamps



Lighting decisions affect more than just the illumination of a space. The lights you pick determine the mood of the room, the functionality of the space, and add a little flair of thier own. Try out a new way to combine lights and watch how your room changes!


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Topics: Under cabinet lighting, Lighting Basics