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Light Up My Life! 3 Basic Lighting Types

Light Up My Life! 3 Basic Lighting Types

Have you ever noticed that you don’t really appreciate your lights until they go out? We rely so much on electricity and lightbulbs that when they don’t work, we fumble around to try and re-create the same effect….usually with candles! Well, this posting is all about lighting, giving homage to three types that we rely on day and night.

  1. Ambient lighting, also known as general lighting. Ambient lighting serves the purpose of illuminating a large portion of the room so that you can move around safely. It normally does not have a lot of glare and is comfortable to the eye. Every room should have one source of ambient lighting. Some refer to ambient lighting as “mood lighting”. Wall sconces, ceiling mounted, chandeliers, and recessed lights are all examples of ambient lighting. Add dimmers to obtain more control over the amount of light for each fixture.
  1. Task lighting. This type of lighting is more concentrated than ambient so that you can focus on specific tasks. Task lighting is used at desks for doing homework or office work, usually with a desk lamp. Under cabinet lights in kitchens assist in cooking and baking tasks. Table lamps help light up the pages of your book or laptop. Due to the intensity of this light, it helps improve concentration on the task at hand.
  1. Accent lighting. This type of lighting is designed to attract the eye to a specific location. If you want the artwork above your mantle to be seen by everyone that enters the room, then add a few spotlights or a track light pointing down on it. Lights inside of curio cabinets or glass shelved bookcases add a dramatic flair and highlight the contents. Some homeowners choose to add spotlights to their front lawn which light up the front of their home at night. Anything that you want to add importance to, or emphasize the meaning of, in your home should have accent lighting. Museums and art shows rely on this type to focus visitors on their displays.

Providing a combination of these three light types in your home can make each room very functional and comfortable. Decide on which type of activities you will do in each room and then plan accordingly with your lighting.Stop by Shell Lumber for your lighting needs. We are located at 2733 S.W. 27th Avenue Miami, Florida 33133, visit us online at or give us a call locally at 305-856-6401 or Toll Free 800-621-6391


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