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If you’re into interior design and are looking for lighting options, you may be asking, what are the 4 types of lighting?
Lighting can make or break your room. While it's important to keep in mind that lighting performance is subjective, some general rules apply. There are different types of lighting, each with its own purpose and limitations. The type of lighting you choose depends on the effect you want to achieve.
Different rooms in your house will have different lighting requirements. You won't know what sort of lighting is best for a room until you understand what its purpose is. Let’s dive into it.
Ambient lighting is a general term for the light that fills a space, rather than coming from one specific source. It's related to ambient sound and other environmental elements.
The best way to understand ambient lighting is to think about how it affects your mood. If you're in a dark room with only one small lamp on, you'll probably feel tenser than if you were in a brightly lit room with windows letting in natural light.
Ambient lighting makes us feel safe, relaxed and comfortable. It affects our moods and can have a profound effect on our overall well-being.
Rooms with ambient lighting usually have dimmers installed so that you can adjust the amount of light you have over the course of a day.
It provides a low level of illumination, usually from a single source, which can be useful for creating a calming or relaxing atmosphere in any space.
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Task lighting is the kind of light you'll find in a home office or kitchen where you need to see the space and the items in it clearly.
Any activity that requires singular illumination on an object or series of objects will use task lighting. These include reading and studying as well as cooking, DIY projects and applying makeup.
Task lighting can be provided by fluorescent bulbs, incandescent bulbs (such as halogen), or LED bulbs. The most common type of task lamp is called a desk lamp because it's designed to sit on a surface and provide focused light directly above where you're working.
You can also get task lights that hang from a clip or hooks so they can be placed over your work area without taking up valuable space on your desk or table.
Task lights like the Bolle Pendant Light are popular in kitchens and workshops because they provide bright illumination without using up much counter space.
Accent lighting helps to highlight the features of a room. It's not about making the whole room look brighter, but instead about adding light to one area in particular.
Accent lighting like the Zuma Chandelier can help draw attention to a painting or piece of art, emphasize a beautiful piece of furniture, or highlight an architectural feature like a fireplace or high ceiling.
There are many different kinds of accent lighting available:
- track lighting, which is hung from above;
- pendant lights, which hang from the ceiling;
- recessed lights, which are built into the ceiling;
- and sconce lights, which are smaller than other types but often very decorative in appearance.
Decorative lighting is an important part of home decor and can be used to create a whole new environment in your home.
From lighting up a room to creating a mood, decorative lighting is part of the design of a room and stands out on its own as an artwork.
Decorative lights are used in areas where lighting is needed but not required. They come in many styles and include chandeliers, pendants, sconces and elaborate wall lamps. They are accessories in their own right and don’t necessarily need to operate at a functional level.
Decorative lighting can be used for many different purposes including:
- Lighting up a room or area
- Creating ambience in your home
- Adding interest and flair to the design of your home
- Enhancing existing features such as artwork or furniture
Choosing the best lighting
At FCI, we have curated a collection of luxury lighting from some of the world’s most exclusive brands from around the world.
The best lighting for your home depends on the type of space and the function it needs to serve.
In most cases, you will want to choose a light fixture that fits your style and personality. You may also want to consider how much electricity you want to use, how much maintenance it requires, and if it's easy enough for anyone in your home to use.
If you have a large room or space that needs a lot of light, then you might choose an overhead light fixture. This can be something simple like a chandelier or even something more modern like a pendant lamp.
If you have multiple rooms in your home or live in an apartment building then you might want to consider recessed lighting. These are lamps that are mounted into the ceiling so that they come out from inside of the structure instead of being hung on top of it like most lights are today.
Take a look at one of our completed interior design projects, Valley Road private residence, to see how we’ve used lighting in a modern space.
Don't get frustrated by lights and lighting terminology. We’ve been in the luxury furniture industry since 1985 and we’re familiar with the best lighting brands and how to make the most of them in your home.
We’d love to assist you with adding more lights to your rooms or designing a new lighting system for a new home.
Take a look at our North London showroom and see some of the lighting options we have available. You can also chat with our expert design team via WhatsApp for more lighting advice.