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Indoor lighting design


Use lighting the way an artist uses a brush, to downplay or highlight elements in a room. Lighting focused on an object will draw the eye to that object in contrast to its background. For example, lighting the corners in a room makes it seem larger, as the eye takes in its entirety. In comparison, a soft pool of light created around a sofa will focus attention on the piece of furniture. The remainder of the room recedes into shadow, making it seem smaller.

Not everyone reacts to light in the same way. Some people are more photosensitive than others, preferring a lower field of general lighting. To others, the toned-down lighting suitable to photosensitive people may be de pressing. Consider the personal preferences of all family members when you design your lighting system.

The functions of lighting divide into three basic categories: to provide general or ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent or decorative lighting.

General Lighting. General or ambient lighting pro vides overall brightness for an area. Furnishing back ground illumination, it can vary with day and night, winter and summer, or different moods and activities.

Task Lighting. Task lighting makes it easier to see what you are doing. Individual fixtures concentrate light in specific areas for chores such as preparing food, reading, or doing crafts.

Accent Lighting. Accent or decorative lighting high lights an area or object, emphasizing that aspect of a room’s character. These mood-makers of lighting, to be effective, must contrast with their background of ambient lighting.
 

Ceiling fixtures wash an entire wall in light or focus on a single item. Unusual lamps provide decorative accents.

 

Widely dispersed, recessed lights present one way to create aesthetically pleasing ambient lighting.

 

This living space effectively uses recessed ceiling lights to create ambient lighting and wall washers to accent the fireplace and entry way. A freestanding fixture provides both task and decorative lighting.

 

An elegant chandelier on a dimmer switch provides both ambient mood and task lighting.

 

 

Wall sconces provide task lighting as well as a decorative flourish to this bathroom.

 

 

 

 

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