What cheese is to pizza, moon to is to night an d black is to white; light is to a room. Without light a room can not even be imagined (unless we go back to stone age, even then some human got the idea of rubbing two stones to produce fire). Light is one of the only constants in the world that could not be replaced by anything else in the fast paced invention prone world. So, light fixtures are an extremely crucial part of home designing.
General lighting: Provides with an overall illumination. Give a generalized brightening effect which I’d comfortable to the eyes. Just enough for you to move about safely. It can be attained by wall and ceiling mounted fixtures, chandeliers, recessed lights and lamps (floor and table lamps to be specific)
Task lighting: Task lighting is to ensure a distraction-free work place and is generally focused on that. It is to help you perform activities to which individual attention must be given like reading, writing, sewing, working, cooking etc. Desk lamps are the mainstay for task lighting. However, task lighting should never make you strain your eyes and avoid making glaring shadows.
Accent lighting: Accent lighting is to create a centre point in the room and give it the spotlight. This creates a visual point of interest. It is often used to grab the audience’s’ attention. For example for a certain plant, a painting, sculptures etc. Accented lighting is usually achieved by track light, wall mounted fixtures and recessed light (recessed into the ceiling).
A successful interior decorator will keep the lighting requirements of a room in check to achieve its lighting goal. So, ask yourself about…
The activities that are to happen in the room.
What type of lighting for these activities in mind?
Is there a need of task light in the room for work specific illumination?
Will there be a need to install lighting controls on the light? For added effects?
Is there a specific decorative article in the room that is calling for attention?
Is there a need to highlight this lighting fixture you are installing in the room because it is an antique and needs a spotlight?
Or you just want enough illumination to blend in with the surrounding?
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