What are the three types of lighting?

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What are the three types of lighting?

The right type of lighting will have a considerable effect on how easily you can work, function, relax, or sleep. Every room in your home has different requirements, each room makes a person feel different, therefore each room space needs a combination of different lighting arrangements. There are three basic types of lighting you should consider in a room in order to accomplish the right feeling or mood in a room, depending on the need:

Task or work lighting.

General or ambient lighting.

Accent lighting.

Good, effective task lighting needs to be bright enough to prevent eye strain

Which lighting do I need for my room?

This depends on the type of room, and what you do in that room.

The first type - task lighting:

Task lighting can occur in multiple rooms. It really depends on the task. However, in most cases, task lighting is required for the kitchen. If you have a utility room, then your needs will be similar. In addition, since the advent of Covid19, demand has increased for desk and home office lighting as more people work from home.

Perhaps the main impact to consider for task lighting is that low lights can hurt your eyes. Good, effective task lighting needs to be bright enough to prevent eye strain and reduce glare. This is true particularly for home workers. Task lighting should bright enough for activities such as cooking, baking, reading, watching telly, ironing, studying or work, and any hobbies.

Decent enough task lighting should provide about 200 to 1000 lumens. An old light bulb would provide around 25 to 100 watts – modern LED’s provide much better energy saving electricity, between 3 and 20 watts. The higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb.

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If you work from home and you require extra light, either because of low natural light, or you have small windows, then a task lamp should be adjustable to keep the light away from your eyes, and to reduce glare. Up and down wall lights can help to reduce eye glare too.

Task lighting for the kitchen can be created using a range of light sources, such as overhead spotlights or recessed lights or downlights, in addition to table or task lamps.

LED bulbs naturally are a good choice because they save on energy usage if you require them to be on for long periods, and they can produce a bright enough light that won’t hurt your eyes.

Some of our lighting products are dimmable, so this is added value if you do have sensitive eyes and suffer from eye glare.

Another possible choice are GU10 bulbs, which can be better for task lighting. They tend to be brighter than LED bulbs – but that depends on the on the spectrum of ‘white light’ rather than ‘warm light’ – GU10 bulbs use less energy than older incandescent bulbs.

General or ambient lighting:

Ambient or general lighting, also sometimes called mood lighting, creates just the right amount of light for you to need in order to either relax, read, binge watch your fave series on the telly, even enjoy a meal. General lighting of course is about having enough light for you to see and move around in comfortably and safely. Mood lighting is associated with a romantic light too, or low light for someone suffering from ill health or migraines.

General lighting can be created  by using a wide choice of ceiling lights. You can divide ceiling lights up into downlights, spotlights, pendant shades or chandeliers. Again, all these depend on the room – you may prefer having a 3-way or 4 -way hanging light above a dining table, or may prefer a free-standing lamp to create enough ambient lighting.

Tripod floor lamps can achieve several different needs. Forexample, if you have a lounge with a coffee table, floor lamps can work equally as well as a table lamp.

Warm light LED bulbs or warm filament bulbs tend to be the best used bulbs for general and ambient lighting. Their usage is more common for lighting within bedrooms, or for use with picture wall lights.

General lighting can be created  by using a wide choice of ceiling lights.General lighting can be created  by using a wide choice of ceiling lights.

Accent lighting:

Accent lighting is to add some drama into a room, to impress friends or family. It is to highlight a design, a feature, a wall mural, a photo, or a bookshelf for example. The whole idea is to create a focal point, so that light is directed onto a specific area, or where you wish to draw attention to a particular feature.

Accent lighting can add mood to a certain area, because it might be that you have a particular design feature such as wall colour or texture, decorative coving, or exposed brick. It can add dimension and depth to a room.

There are different ways to accomplish accent lighting through wall lights like picture lights and sconces, some of which can be angled to direct the light, and recessed lighting or spotlights.

Accent lighting is to add some drama into a room, to impress friends or family.Accent lighting is to add some drama into a room, to impress friends or family.