Posted by Sandra Tessier on 1/2/2018

One decorating principle thatís a huge help for any homeowner is that of layered lighting. This is the different aspects of lighting that youíll use in different rooms of your home to complete your lighting needs. The layers of light create a basis for the design of the room. These three main aspects of lighting also have a practical purpose which is nice as well. Below, youíll learn more about the three main components of lighting for any room of the house and how to best use them. 

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is often the base of where people start with their lighting design in a room. This type of lighting allows you to get the overall feel for a space. The brightness level should be good enough for anyone to walk through the room without walking into things. The illumination may not be bright enough for activities that require a lot of focus like reading or chopping vegetables.

Accent Lighting 

If you think of a retail store and how the shiniest things have the brightest lights focused on them, youíll discover that you can use this type of lighting right in your home. Think of a chandelier hanging over a massive dining table. Accent lighting is usually for decorative purposes. The lumens that are given off are typically not enough for any other purpose than to attract attention to the item the light is shining on. This type of lighting is best used for things like display cabinets, statues, and china closets. The bottom line is that the accent light will add some drama without actually adding much practical use. 

Task Lighting

This type of lighting is important because itís what ensures that you wonít chop your hand off while youíre chopping up vegetables in the kitchen. Task lighting varies widely from room to room and can be anything from a desk lamp to a reading lamp to lights on the vanity for shaving and putting on makeup. Task lighting is all about being functional. When youíre trying to decide where to put your task lights think of everything from safety to convenience. The last thing you should worry about with task lighting is the look. While these lights are great under cabinets, for example, so the more creative you get with where to place your task lighting the better the look will be.  

Using this simple yet useful design principle can help you to light your entire home correctly. The right lighting can truly transform a space and give it the depth that it needs.            

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Posted by Sandra Tessier on 8/22/2017

When itís a beautiful day and the warm sun is shining down, youíre more likely to be in a good mood. Studies show that lighting directly correlates with our moods. We would want to be The color and temperature of lights are a factor in creating your ideal setting. Lighting is a key part of creating films and television shows because lighting often sets the mood for a scene. The same principles can be applied in every room of your home. You wouldnít think of florescent lights setting the mood for romance, just as you wouldnít think of a dark room as inviting. Thereís some key factors in making sure that every area of your home is properly lit for the spaces to be both inviting and practical. Planning how you will light your home can be very helpful before starting any type of improvement projects or redecorating. Hereís some of our best tips for making the best of your lighting: Be Sure Outdoor Areas Are Properly Lit As the weather warms up and people spend more time outdoors, we want to make the most use of our outdoor spaces. While the days are getting longer, it means weíre less likely to want to leave these outdoor spaces when the sun sets. The best way to make more use of an outdoor space is to ensure that itís properly lit. After all, you donít want your guests to be walking around with cellphone flashlights! There are so many options when it comes to outdoor lighting. Installing post or pipe lights on the outside of your home is a great first step to lighting your property. Having the right lighting puts beautiful landscapes on the outside of your home on display for all to see 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Motion detected lights are another great option. These lights can act as part of a security system for your home and deter potential trespassers. Lights placed by doorways are also a security and safety feature. These lights prevent visitors who are entering and exiting your home from tripping or even falling on your property. Indoor Lighting Tips When it comes to lighting the indoor spaces of your home, try to focus on objects. In the living room, for example, you may want to light the corners of the room with a focus on a piece of artwork. Itís a good idea to find 3-way bulbs and dimmers to use in the living room since your lighting needs may vary. In the dining room, make sure the table is the focal point of the room and the brightest spot. The kitchen should be focused on overhead lighting that will illuminate the entire space. In your bedroom, lighting should be strategically placed where reading lamps would be needed, yet no lights should be overpowering. As you can see, every area of your home has different lighting needs, but when done properly, the lights can work together for a mood-lit home.

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Posted by Sandra Tessier on 1/3/2017

Thereís a certain recipe for successful home lighting. Lighting can make a room feel smaller or larger. There should be a mix and match of about 4 layers of lighting throughout the house. These layers should be:

  • Ambient light
  • Task lighting
  • Accent lights
  • Decorative lights

These 4 layers of lighting are perfect to mix and match for a well lit room. Ambient lighting includes natural light sources like windows, pendant lighting and overhead light fixtures. Task lighting includes under-counter lighting, desk lamps and reading lamps. Accent lights include recessed lighting and adjustable lighting. These lights will highlight certain areas of a room. Decorative lighting includes chandeliers and other types of ornamental lighting. After you have your layers set up, youíll want to use your lighting to the advantage of your homeís decor.   

Bring The Drama To A Room

You can highlight anything you wish in a room using the right kind of lighting. It can be a fireplace or a painting or a ceiling. Use a soft spotlight to highlight a painting. Uplighting adds a softer effect to the scheme of a room. You can create this effect with wall mounted sconces or rope lights. Youíll see quite a warm glow.  

Dimmers Are Your Friend

Installing dimmer switches on your light fixtures can help to save energy and will allow you to bring down rather bright ambient lighting or help you to create a different kind of lighting scheme with the flip of a switch. As a plus, a dimmer will extend the life of your light bulbs and will maximize the time you need to change lightbulbs that require a ladder to reach. 

Donít Put All Of Your Lights In One Place

Donít just stick one or two bright lighting fixtures in a room and say that itís all set. Youíll get more shadows and glare than would be desirable. This is where our blend of lighting recipe comes into play. Using that 4 step-formula will help you to spread your lighting out accordingly. This way no type of lighting will be overwhelming. 

Look Outside

Remember to use the daylight. Natural daylight is the best type of lighting. It brings in fresh color and complements any landscape. You can add natural light to your home through installing skylights, widening windows or thinking about how to redress the windows that you already have.

Choose Quality Fixtures

High quality light fixtures are better all around. Theyíre clearer and the fixture will be more attuned to your homeís style. When choosing lighting make sure that you see if the shade covers any part of the light, is made of good materials and that the connections are sound. 

When it comes to creating a well-lit home, you need to look everywhere from the windows to the ceilings. You want to be sure that your lighting is set up to be energy efficient and practical. Consider the many different kinds of lighting that are available and plan each room to ensure that youíll have all the light that you need.  



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Posted by Sandra Tessier on 9/13/2016

Since your kitchen is one of the most used rooms of your home, you want to be sure itís properly lit. The purpose of your kitchen lights should be for both safety and ambience. Lighting can also work as decoration. The right kind of lighting can have you cooking and entertaining in style. Thereís certain points around your kitchen that will be vital for you to light for a smooth functioning room. We call these ďkey lighting locations.Ē Youíll want to focus on these. Thereís also certain types of lighting fixtures that work better in different types of kitchen setups. Specialty lighting could work wonders in a kitchen that has hard to illuminate areas. Hanging lights, for example are great over counter areas that are in the center of the room. Also, hanging lights work well over the areas where you prep and cook and other lights donít reach. For safety reasons, you want to be certain that these areas are particularly well-lit. Dining in the dark isnít the best approach for having guests over! You also donít want to cook in the dark, since that has obvious safety concerns. Thereís 4 main types of lighting that you should have in your kitchen. These include: task lighting, ambient lighting, accent lighting and decorative lighting. Task You want task lighting to deter shadows and illuminate work areas adequately. This would be the first type of lighting youíd think of when designing a kitchen because it has a certain function. Ambient This type of lighting is more of an indirect kind of lighting and is important for a decorative touch in your kitchen. Think of these lights as illuminating the edges of the room. Accent Accent lighting is still not very common in kitchens, but it can be an asset to your design and decor. Accent lighting allows you to highlight a focal point in the kitchen such as a piece of artwork. This type of lighting can include track lighting, directional lighting or recessed lighting. Decorative This types of lighting would include chandeliers and hanging pendants. Decorative lighting is more about the fixture snd less about the function of the light. Lighting Design Types Hanging Lights Hanging lights are a particularly versatile option since they come in many styles. from modern to classic designs, thereís a type of hanging light that can suit your kitchen style and bring your kitchen to another level. Under Cabinet Lights Under cabinet lights are another type of lighting that you should consider for your kitchen. These lights work more than just decoration. These lights give you additional lighting throughout the kitchen in places where overhead lighting may not reach. Youíll be able to see whatís on the counter no matter what time of day it is. These provide task lighting as well as a secondary form of ambient lighting. No matter what style lighting you choose in your kitchen, make sure it suits you. Authentic style in your home is the best way to give it a ďhomeyĒ feeling!

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