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The 3 Main Types of Home Lighting and How to Use Them

There are many home lighting solutions available. They serve different purposes, answer to different needs and are designed for different rooms. To know everything on how to choose correctly, follow our guide of the three main types of house lighting, how to use them effectively and which fixtures to choose.

Ambient/General lighting

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This is the most common type of home lighting. It’s a soft glow that covers the space enough and is not supposed to be too bright. At home, ambient light is created by making the room’s lighting as flat and seemingly natural as possible.

General lighting creates the perfect environment to relax or to perform activities that don’t require your close attention. These are some of the fixtures you can use to get ambient lighting.

Track lights

These work well with all ceilings and especially in bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens.

Chandeliers/pendants

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Perfect for tall ceilings. They can be hung higher or lower depending on the lighting needs.

Wall lights

These are great when placed sparingly across hallways and patios.

Task lighting

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Task lights are smaller and more concentrated. They are the perfect solution for working environments and provide a finer light for cooking, sewing or writing. This lighting works best when contrasting, so the general lighting in the room should be low.

Task lighting naturally stimulates your brain. The contrast allows you to be more concentrated and alert and is proved to help deliver better working performances. That’s why offices often opt for this solution. Here is what to use to create task lighting:

Desk and floor lamps

The best fixtures for desks and tables around the house, including office, coffee and bedside furniture. Swing arm lamps are also great since they let you adjust the lighting anyway you want.

Under-cabinet lights

The ultimate solution for all tasks involved in cooking.

Vanity lights

Perfect for bathrooms and dressing rooms, and even for workstations and garages.

Pendants

The greatest advantage is that they can be hang directly above work spaces. They work perfectly in rows of desks and kitchen islands.

Accent lighting

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This is the lighting designed to draw attention to a specific point. It can be used to illuminate artwork and furniture and adds a lot of style to your home. It creates museum-like sophistication. What can you use?

Wall lights

The best choice to highlight paintings on art walls.

Recessed lights

Put them at the base of a wall to widely display art, textures or design pieces.

Landscape lights

Perfect to illuminate beautifully pathways, statues, architectural elements or holiday decorations.

Follow this essential home lighting guide and make sure you always choose your lights correctly from now on.

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