Types of Lighting
Lighting is a very important consideration when renovating or decorating, both for the visual appeal of a room and your energy bill.

Functions of light

Let's begin by describing briefly the main types of artificial lighting we require in our homes. These usually grouped into the following categories:

Ambient lighting - lights all surfaces evenly. A small amount of ambient light can make a feature surface visible but it generally tries to match the characteristics of sunlight by filling a space evenly.

Task lighting - is activity oriented lighting. For example, for reading, cooking, or used on a work desk. It is usually a direct light beam and should not cause glare to hurt the eyes.

Accent lighting - refers to lighting used to highlight. For example, to make a painting, sculpture or piece of furniture stand out. Halogen spotlights are often used for this purpose.  As a general rule, an accent should be three times as bright as the ambient light around it.

Types of Lighting

Light sources

       Now we can look at the three main sources of light:

You might think fluorescent lighting is cold and harsh but, in fact, it can have different colour temperature gradings and can replace incandescent and halogen lights in many situations.

Design tips

      To help you make the most of your decorative lighting try these ideas:
  • Don't wait to the last minute - It's important to plan your lighting earlier than
    other decorating ideas. You need to be clear about the location of the lights and switches: do this during the early stages of renovation.
  •  Talk to those that know - Ask others what they find works best for them. If you have friends with houses like yours, ask what they would do differently.  Talk to the experts in the shops. Ask for their opinions and show them pictures or  diagrams that indicate the lighting effect you want.
  • Think it through - Give lighting as much consideration as other decorating
    decisions. Create a master plan of how you want the finished house to look.

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    • Test run - Ask if you can take a light or lamp home to see if it suits the situation. If they won't lend at least make sure they will give you a refund if it's not what you want.
    •  Accents - Thank about where do you want to create the greatest impact through the use of accent lights.
    •  Buy quality - No matter what your budget, go for the best quality and try to pick designs that will not date too quickly.
    • Control - Build in dimmers wherever you can to allow you the flexibility to control the mood of the lighting.
    • Dramatic impact - Think about unusual places where you can place lights to 
      create impact. On top of or under pieces of furniture or behind an object to
      accentuate its outline are both unusual ways of using lights to create effect.
    • Look for inspiration where ever you can - Look at the effects and the way lighting is used in magazines, television shows and movies. There's a a lot to learn from the professionals.