When you think about home interior lighting, you think of bright lights for the study, dim lights for the bedroom, and probably a combination for other rooms. Here’s the catch! There are three basic types of interior lighting, and it would be best if you could get these three types installed.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting works the best when you want something to be a focal point for a dramatic effect.

Best Areas to Use This Lighting

These concentrated lights are typically used in museums, jewelry stores, art galleries, and historical buildings. You could use accent lighting at home if you want to illuminate bookcase displays, art collections, wall washing, eye-catching furniture, or general architecture. Occasions, holidays, and landscaping deserve the use of outdoor accent lighting to highlight portions of your yard or home.

What will this type of lighting do for the space and aesthetic?

With accent lighting, the impression of a larger room and a sophisticated atmosphere is created. The illumination of the pieces or areas on display evokes their importance, while the dull or flat areas are shadowed.

Which lighting fixtures are best for accent lighting?

For accent lighting, these fixtures work best:

  • Wall-mounted lights
  • Track light
  • Standard or floor lamps
  • Recessed lamps or fixtures
  • Under-cabinet lights

Ambient Lighting

This standard indoor/outdoor lighting provides a soft glow without creating a harsh glare in the space. These are typically used for visibility and security around buildings. It’s often referred to as natural light or mood lighting.

Best Areas to Use This Lighting

Ambient lighting aims to bring light into any given space that lacks illumination. These are often used in cinematography and photography. This delicate light captures the soft features of your face. Many yoga studios have incorporated ambient lighting to create a calm, stress-free environment. This lighting can be used for lighting up building exteriors, entrances, the risers of stairs, baseboards, and even under-toe kicks in the bath or kitchen.

What will this type of lighting do for the space and aesthetic?

This soft light reduces stress on the eyes early in the morning or in the evening. There is a form of balance and visual warmth created with ambient lights. It may not be ideal to use if you intend to work closely on things or highlight something in particular. But, it creates a warm-feeling environment to soothe your mind and help you relax.

Which lighting fixtures are best for ambient lighting?

Use these fixtures to create ambient lighting:

  • Hanging fixtures like chandeliers or pendants
  • Recessed fixtures in overhanging structures
  • Floor lamps
  • Wall lighting like wall scones
  • LED strips
  • Garage and canopy lighting

Task Lighting

When you’re looking at working on a specific task that needs more concentrated light, task lighting works best. It’s also called office lighting and helps illuminate the space for reading, working on your computer, writing, sewing, or cooking.

Best Areas to Use This Lighting

This bright, concentrated light works best when used as a contrasting light. Many businesses use task lighting in offices. This lighting works best in kitchens, study or work areas, or reading spaces.

What will this type of lighting do for the space and aesthetic?

This type of light leads to alertness and concentration. It helps with attention to detail in work and helps create high-quality results. It results in pleasant illumination without casting any troublesome shadows. Apart from the room’s main lighting controls, a separate switch for focal lighting would be suitable.

Which lighting fixtures are best for task lighting?

If you’re looking for task lighting, here are some fixtures that work best for this purpose:

  • Pendant lights
  • Portable lights like a desk lamp
  • Under cabinet lights or slim-line bar
  • Vanity lights
  • Directional recessed lights or downlights

If you’re planning on some home renovation, getting these three types of interior lighting fixed in most rooms would be ideal. Especially in those rooms where multiple tasks are performed, the lighting needs would differ based on the applications. Contact LFI Design today for more information on which lighting is best for your interior design project.