3 Basic Lighting Types Explained
A single room may work for different purposes. May it be a place for you to sit in a corner with your favorite book, a place for you to work in front of your computer, do your favorite arts and crafts, whip up a nice meal, and eat it with your family and friends afterward. With all of these things in mind, the room’s lighting features must be versatile enough to meet all of these purposes.
It was a common misconception that you need only one type of lighting for every room. As time passed, the industry has evolved, and with it came new innovations. Three different lighting types all play a crucial role in room design and how you can create a well-lit space without compromising on any of its purposes.
Here are the three basic lighting types explained so that you’ll have an idea of how to properly light your home or workspace based on these concepts.
1. Ambient LIghting
The first is ambient lighting which aims to create soft, all-over light for an entire room. Ambient lighting illuminates any objects in the room that are not being used or that aren’t designed to be highlighted or accentuated by other forms of lighting like task lighting.
Ambient Lighting usually comes from ceiling fixtures, wall lamps, or other bright sources to light the entire room. If a fixture or lamp has a light bulb with a lower wattage, it will have a lower level of brightness and only cover a small area. The ambient lighting works hand in hand with task lighting because it usually minimizes glare to help reduce eyestrain from the use of laptops or desktops.
2. Task Lighting
The second is task lighting. Task lighting focuses on highlighting specific room areas or objects like your desk, dining table, reading chair, etc. It casts light onto these objects to make them easier for you to see and work on during different activities that take place in the room. Task lighting is often found in table lamps, desk lamps, or floor lamps.
3. Accent Lighting
Accent lighting highlights specific features in the room to give it more character. This type of light adds flair and drama to a certain area to make your space look bigger and more stylish. It also focuses on different parts of the room like a painting on a wall, a piece of furniture, a mirror, the ceiling fan.
Accent lighting is usually found in spotlights or directional lamps with specific light bulbs designed to focus on an area. These bulbs have a lower wattage but produce more intense amounts of light than regular incandescent bulbs. In terms of the actual fixture, the design is usually more simplified than other types of lamps to adequately highlight an area.
Knowing how each type of lighting works will give you a clear idea of what purpose it serves and how best to maximize its benefits in your room. The ambient lighting provides light for everything else, task lighting highlights objects and areas, and accent lighting adds detail and style to your room. With all these three combined, you can create a well-lit space for any activity that takes place in your room without compromising on the other.