Interior Lighting

Written by Beth Hrusch
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To make the most of your interior lighting, it is helpful to know some of the "rules" regarding the placement of fixtures. In order to achieve the kind of light you want, in the areas where you need it most, there are some facts that should be used as guidelines. After all, a space that is well lit is more functional and inviting, making the whole house more comfortable.

Facts About Interior Lighting

The ideal lighting situation involves the use of three different kinds of light: ambient, accent and task. If these are used in the appropriate places, the room will not only be more attractive but more functional, as well. When installing ambient lighting, you will be looking for lamps. Table, floor and hanging fixtures all provide excellent overall illumination. Make sure that a hanging fixture such as a pendant or chandelier is about ½ the width of the table under it and about 30 inches above the table surface.

Accent lighting makes a dramatic statement in any room. Highlight artwork with spotlights such as recessed fixtures or track lighting. Accent lights should be positioned at a 30-degree angle so that they do not put glare on the art or shine directly into the eyes. Task lighting makes work areas bright and functional. Make sure to include some lamps or sconces on and around desks and vanities to help make the job easier. Task lighting should shine directly onto the work surface, for example, a desk, grill or kitchen island. It should be aimed away from the eye.

Interior lighting is an indispensable part of the home. When done properly it will add to the quality and comfort of everyday life, as well as the value of the home itself. Today's interior lighting fixtures are stylish as well as functional, making it easy to find something that serves the purpose while reflecting your personality. Following basic guidelines gives you a foolproof way to ensure that your home will be a light and bright place to be.


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