Lighting Options For Every Room
Brighten each room of your house with the most appropriate lighting available
By Josienita Borlongan
Each room in a house has its own purpose and its own lighting needs. Address the lighting needs of each room with the right type of light. When shopping for a light fixture, there is a plethora of options to consider, including wattage, functionality, finishes, bulb types and styles to suit your needs.
Use general lighting, also called ambient lighting, in each room to provide the standard or average lighting for the room. Use recessed lights, ceiling lights, chandeliers or foyer lights. Use lamps in places where you do not have ceiling lights. Place a floor lamp or torchlight in one corner of a room, or use table lamps where needed such as bedrooms, living rooms and family rooms. A windowless walk-in closet and pantry needs general lighting no matter what time of the day, because it is always dark inside.
Task lighting focuses light where you need it. Use pendant lights or work lamps for places such as the kitchen or garage. A cook busy with preparing food needs task light above his preparation area. Hang pendant lights above the kitchen island. Use under-the-cabinet fluorescent or halogen lighting to brighten up the countertops. Some oven vents have built-in lights that provide task lighting for the cook above the stove. Garages also need task lighting. Hang fluorescent lights above workbenches. Choose track lighting so you can adjust the position of the heads to point in the direction you need. Use a reading lamp next to a living room chair, and put a desk lamp on a writing desk or a computer desk to help with writing and reading.
Use accent lights to highlight art pieces and photographs. Use track lights that have adjustable tracks and heads to aim at each piece painting, sculpture or photograph. Place picture lamps above each framed artwork. Hang them a few inches above each piece, with the light pointing downward. Use a can light to cast a shadow under potted trees.
Change the ambiance of a room by adding mood lighting to dining rooms, family rooms, living rooms and bedrooms. Wall sconces, chandeliers and ceiling lights with dimmers can provide mood lighting. Dim the lights during a romantic dinner with candlelight. Mood lights can add a cozy feeling during nightcaps.
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Josie Borlongan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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