As you probably already know, the lighting within your home can either make or break it. It can provide ambiance and relaxation or it can look cold and uninviting. Because of this it is very important that you install the best lighting for your space.
Lighting experts classify lighting in three ways:
- Task Lighting
- Accent Lighting
- Ambient Lighting
Ambient lighting is considered to be the general background lighting in any room, utilizing one or more overhead fixtures that can be turned on as you enter the room. Task lighting, on the other hand, is targeted at specific areas of the room it is lighting such as kitchen countertops or built-in desks. Accent lighting is typically used to spotlight architectural features and art work. While the three different lighting options look wonderful alone, combining the three is recommended along with recessed lighting options. After all, you want your home to “pop” and be completely unique.
The kitchen is one of the busiest spaces in any house and it’s also one of the most difficult to illuminate, with tasks varying from reading the morning paper to prepping and cooking food. For ambient light, designer Candice Olson, host of Divine Design on the W Network, suggests recessed halogen lights, placed about 36 centimeters (14 inches) from the face of the cabinets.
In her own words:
The wash of halogen brings out the wood in the cabinets. Without that light, they’re flat.” You can also install fluorescents on the top of the cabinets to reflect off the ceiling for indirect ambient lighting. Another option is illuminated ceiling fans that provide both lighting and air circulation. Under-cabinet fluorescents are a good way to light up a countertop workspace. They can be hardwired in during renovations, or you can buy plug-in models to retrofit in poorly lit kitchens. Alternatively, overhead track lights can be aimed where needed and recessed lighting can be as well.
Recessed lighting combined with track and task lighting:
“In a bathroom, we tend to do very little down-lighting,” says Keith Rushbrook, co-owner of the award-winning Toronto interior-design firm II BY IV Design. (2×4, get it?) “With overhead light, all you’re accentuating is the top of your head and every bag and wrinkle on your face.” Ideally, the light source should be at head level, such as wall sconces on either side of the mirror. If that’s not possible, you can bounce light off soft-colored or reflective materials.
Dimmers are great lighting options to use in bedrooms as they provide comfortable mood lighting and reduced intensity, which is perfect for reading before bed. (In fact, the two designers recommend dimmers for every light in every room in the house. They give you the flexibility to adjust to the varying amounts of natural light at different times of the day and year.) Another nice addition is a three-way switch that allows you to turn the lights on when entering the room and turn them off with a bedside switch.
All of these tips are very important for homeowners to consider when looking to add lighting solutions in their home. Recessed lighting can be a great addition to any living space if you place care in deciding their exact location. If you would like some assistance with purchasing the best recessed lighting for your home, don’t hesitate to ask our service professionals at Westside Wholesale.