The right lighting speaks of the room’s purpose. The advantages of different indoor lighting and fixtures do muc to properly highlight the attributes of a room. Some of these you use as accents, some for tasks and then there’s ambient or general lighting that is used to imitate or replace natural light. Decorative light, as the name suggests, is decorative in nature, but this could also be classified as one of the three, only slightly prettier.
The dark has always been a deterrent to leisure and livelihood. Lights and lighting made it possible to do these things even when the sun has gone. Vogue, in 2015, calls lighting an important aspect of making a house feel like a home. The first use of lighting is to give illumination. General or ambient lighting used in its very basic, utilitarian use to mimic that of the sun. Table lamps, floor lamps, ceiling mounted and wall mounted lighting. The earliest examples are torches, then candles and eventually electrical lighting such as bulbs, LED and the like.
Task lighting has a very focused job. It tends to be brighter than most, with a higher wattage to perform its function. Ring light, reading light, pendant lighting and similar installations all serve their specific purposes. These will include such work areas as the kitchen, garage, craft room and other spaces. It is also used for vanity purposes. The best differentiation of ambient lighting from task lighting is where it is pointing to. Ambient lighting’s purpose is to glow and make things visible, provide vibe and atmosphere and is best hidden but illuminating. Task lighting usually points downward or towards the object that needs the lighting.
Accent lighting is creating a visual interest or impact in your interior. These types of lighting are best appreciated at night where its drama unfolds. Different indoor lighting can serve two functions at the same time. Decorative lighting, on the other hand, is not merely functional when lit up, it serves its function even when it is bright out.
Lighting directs a person’s attention to a focal point or a feature. When creating a room or a structure, lights have specific appointments that will serve the purpose they were delegated with. When the purpose of the room becomes clear and clearly defined, then the lighting used can be properly aligned with it. Once structure and lighting come together, then showmanship follows.