THE right lighting can bring any space to life. With all the different types of lighting, one trend is clear; LED is the way to go.
LED lighting products use light emitting diodes to produce light very efficiently.
According to Alex Tan, the chief marketing officer of RecomN.com (a home improvement services platform), LED lights are increasingly replacing conventional lighting methods.
“In the old days, a bedroom would only have a single light source, delivered from a long fluorescent tube. However, today’s homes are lighted by various sources,” he said.
For ambient lights, homeowners now prefer to use LED down lights built into the plaster ceiling, or multiple track lights. For task lighting, LED bulbs have all but replaced compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.
Although LED lights are more expensive than CFL bulbs, they provide the same cool or daylight without the higher wattage.
According to an article that first appeared on RecomN Living, a blog run by RecomN.com, before you start shopping for lights, it’s useful to have some basic knowledge about the types available, and how they can affect the mood of the room.
Once you know how different types of room lighting can impact your home interior, then you should find the right professional to discuss your lighting needs.
The six basic types of lighting are:
1. AMBIENT LIGHTING
This is the basic or general lighting needed to illuminate a space.
Ambient lights are almost always secured to the ceiling or mounted on the wall instead of being free standing. It creates a diffuse lighting effect so as not to have any glare that can hurt the eyes.
2. ACCENT LIGHTING
Accent lighting is used to draw attention to feature walls, artwork; anything you want to highlight.
Spotlights are a form of accent lighting to show off a unique art piece or architectural design. This helps add style and visual interest to your room.
3. TASK LIGHTING
As the name suggests, task lights are needed when you need to do a task such as eating, studying, or cooking. You also need task lighting by the bathroom mirror for shaving or putting on makeup.
Examples of task lights are desk lamps or hanging pendant lights above the dining table, or track lights installed below a kitchen cabinet to light the counter top. The purpose of adding task lights is to provide working light, while minimising shadows caused by other lighting inside the room.
4. AESTHETIC LIGHT
If you want to create an artsy look while lighting up the space at the same time, adding aesthetic lighting is a good way of doing it.
More decorative than functional, these lights come in numerous designs and shapes. Some examples include neon lights or spotlights with crystal beads.
5. NATURAL LIGHT
Apart from artificial lighting, you can also renovate your home to allow for lots of natural light in the daytime. If your home has large windows or glass doors, the amount of natural sunlight entering your home during the day can offset the need for ambient lighting altogether. However, natural lighting will change throughout the day due to weather conditions, so you shouldn’t depend on it for task lighting.
6. LIGHTS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Adding extra lighting on special occasions will add a whole new festive mood to the house.
For example, during Deepavali, homes will be lit by candles and lanterns. And at garden weddings, fairy lights are draped on trees and around the area to create an enchanting ambience.