A demonstration of the effects of different kinds of lighting
Lighting is classified by intended use as general, accent, or task lighting, depending largely on the distribution of the light produced by the fixture.
Task lighting is mainly functional and is usually the most concentrated, for purposes such as reading or inspection of materials. For example, reading poor-quality reproductions may require task lighting levels up to 1500 lux and some inspection tasks or surgical procedures require even higher levels.
Accent lighting is mainly decorative, intended to highlight pictures, plants, or other elements of interior design or landscaping.
Outdoor lighting, coupled with simple creative landscape lighting techniques, provides you with the opportunity to give added dimension, drama and magic to your garden and outdoor spaces at night.
General lighting (sometimes referred to as ambient light) fills in between the two and is intended for general illumination of an area. Indoors, this would be a basic lamp on a table or floor, or a fixture on the ceiling. Outdoors, general lighting for a parking lot may be as low as 10-20 lux since pedestrians and motorists already used to the dark will need little light for crossing the area.
OUTDOOR LIGHTING TIPS
Try to create a focal point (an area drawing our visual attention) with more intense light on a specific plant or area.
Shining light up from low-to-the-ground fittings enhances your landscape with effects ranging from dramatic to enchanting.
Copper and Brass are a perfect choice for garden lighting. They are long lasting and ages beautifully as it develops its natural, protective patina.
Stainless Steel enjoys a strong and enduring reputation for long term appearance and structural integrity.
Create a safe passageway for pedestrians, illuminate stairs and landings to avoid unnecessary injuries.
Surround your grounds with a soft wash of light or gracefully silhouette leafy forms against walls or fences.
Good pathway lighting evenly lights walkways, while avoiding glare. By adding path lights to your garden lighting layout you will not only transform and enhance the appearance of your garden after dark, but you will also make the paths and driveways safe and your home more secure.
All exterior fittings should be washed regularly to remove contaminants. Using a mild detergent with warm water helps to achieve the best results.
INDOOR LIGHTING TIPS
There are two rules of thumb: You should have a mix of light sources at different levels to create a flattering ambience, and you need appropriate task lighting for whatever you do in that space (reading, sautéing, getting dressed).
In the living room, light three of the four corners, focusing one of those lights on an object (art, a plant, a striking chair). Use a combination of table lamps and floor lamps, some with a downward glow and some that shine upward.
In the dining room, make the table the brightest spot in the room. Use a chandelier or a pendant above the table, limiting the total wattage to 100.
In the kitchen, focus on overhead lighting (on a dimmer that you can crank up when cooking), and add lower sources to illuminate work surfaces. Use pendants and under-cabinet lights.
For the bedrooms, aim for a cozy, insular atmosphere: Place reading lamps or sconces by the bed—but not pointed directly at it. If you have recessed, angle them away from the bed, toward the dressing area. On a low table, include a small, intimate lamp with a tinted low-wattage bulb to mimic candlelight.
In the bathroom, the best choice for applying makeup is sidelights, such as a pair of sconces flanking the mirror. An overhead light helps fill in any shadows on your face and also fully illuminates the room (important when cleaning). In a large space, you might also want a light directly over the shower.
Track lighting allows each light to be positioned to focus on different areas.
Look for unique fixtures to create a focal point or complement a piece of art that might already serve as the heart of a room.
For instant elegance, a chandelier can dazzle a room with flecks of light and can be found in a variety of sizes. For an eye-catching effect, seek ones in a non-traditional color like black or red.
Table lamps, especially Tiffany-inspired lamps, and floor lamps work well to complement existing overhead lighting by enhancing a corner that might normally be dim.
Avoid relying on a single overhead light and instead layer different types of lighting in each room appropriately.
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If you're not sure what to select, you can contact any of the staff at Larkin Electrical who can give you suggestions and tips on how to be energy efficient in your design. Larkin Electrical sell a variety of task and accent fixtures that will not only provide beautiful illumination but are great for everyday use as well.