As the new year is here, you undoubtedly have set some resolutions for you, your life, and maybe even your home. The new year is the perfect time and excuse to do some renovations to you house. One great way to spruce up an older home is to install new lighting. Not sure what the rules are when it comes to lighting for a home. Here are some tips and general knowledge to assist you in knowing what you need for each area of your home.
Types of Lighting
Whether you hire an interior designer or head to the local hardware store yourself, you will be asked what kind of lighting you are looking for at some point. You may think lighting is simply lighting, but that is hardly the case. There are actually three types of lighting and they each play a part in the home: ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.
The primary lighting in a room is also known as ambient lighting. The ambient lighting helps create a certain ambience in the room. You will notice that rooms where more activities take place tend to have a brighter ambience, such as the kitchen.
While the ambient lighting may be the primary source of light in a room, there is also task lighting that can be installed to help you with certain tasks in the home. Whether you need a lamp on your desk to accomplish your work or need a specific light in the bathroom to help you see yourself clearly apply your makeup, these are examples of task lighting.
Accent lighting is mostly decorative. The point of accent lighting is to highlight something in the room such as a piece of art or a bookshelf.
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Know What Scheme You Want
As decide which rooms in your house need a refresh with new lighting, understand the scheme you want for that particular room. Knowing the scheme will help you decide what type of lighting is best. A kitchen for example needs to be bright with each portion of the room accessible to excellent lighting. You therefore will need excellent ambient lighting as well as task lighting for certain areas of the kitchen like the kitchen island or stove.
Now, that you have a little more knowledge about lighting, it is time for you to start planning your home renovations!
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