Decide how to light by analyzing the space in terms of:
- Function - activities that will be performed in this area
- Mood - to create an appropriate atmosphere
- Style - contemporary, traditional, etc.
- Tasks - consideration to the tasks to be performed
- Special Objects - items to accent such as painting or sculptures
- Seating Areas - consider results based on where people will sit
- Architectural Features - special features to be emphasized
Once you've thought about what type of lighting effects you would like to create for a particular room, you will need to find the right assortment of lighting products to create the desired effect. When considering lighting, take these things into account:
- General lighting - replaces daylight
- Accent lighting - to highlight and accentuate
- Task lighting - for work areas
Below are the different types of lighting and a description of whether they are general, accent or task lighting.
- Ceiling fixtures are best used for general lighting.
- Chandeliers also create a general lighting atmosphere.
- Dimmers can add drama to any room featuring a chandelier. Don't be restricted to using this feature in the dining room.
- Hanging fixtures, such as those used in a foyer, will offer general lighting that will create a comfortable level of lighting.
- Pendants are a versatile way to create task or general lighting. Consider hanging several pendants at various heights over your favorite reading chair for a stylish accent.
- Portable lamps will create general, task, and accent lighting, but have the added bonus of being mobile.
- Table lamps, floor lamps, and touchier's come in a variety of shapes and sizes to complement any style.
- Recessed lighting hides away in your ceiling while offering general, task, and accentlighting.
- Track lighting is flexible enough to offer each form of lighting and has become a verystylish choice