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Basic Types of Light
General Lighting provides an
area with overall illumination. General lighting radiates a comfortable level of
brightness, enabling one to see and walk about safely. It can be accomplished
with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, and with lanterns outside
your home. A basic form of lighting that replaces sunlight, general lighting is
fundamental to a lighting plan.
Task lighting helps you perform specific
tasks such as reading, sewing, cooking, homework, hobbies, games, or balancing
your checkbook. It can be provided by pendant lighting, and portable lamps. Task
lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows and should be bright
enough to prevent eyestrain.
The Shades and Forms of
Once you've selected what you want to light, you'll have to decide
how you're going to light it. Your local ALA showroom is the best place to view
the many different styles, sizes and shapes of lighting fixtures that are
available to deliver the general, task, and accent light you
Hall/Foyer Fixtures can create a congenial atmosphere,
while providing you with the general lighting you need to greet guests and
assure safe passage into other areas of your home. Use ceiling, chain-hung, or
close-to-ceiling fixtures in hallways, stairways, and
Chandeliers can add sparkle and style to your
dining room while giving you the general lighting you need for dining and
entertaining. They are also used in bedrooms, foyers, or over a living room
grouping or a grand piano. Some are designed with downlights to provide task
lighting for homework and table games, or to accent table settings. The addition
of a dimmer control lets you alter the intensity of light to suit the mood and
Pendants can provide both task and general
lighting. Equipped with shades or globes to avoid glare, they are suspended from
the ceiling over dinette tables, game tables, kitchen counters, or other work
areas. When used over end tables or night stands, they free up the space
occupied by table lamps. The use of a dimmer control gives you the flexibility
to vary the light to suit the occasion.
Ceiling Fixtures usually provide general lighting. They
are practical in busy areas such as foyers, hallways, bedrooms, kitchens, baths,
laundry rooms, playrooms, and dens.
Wall-Mounted Fixtures can furnish general, task, and
Many are designed to match and supplement dining room
chandeliers, or to provide hallway, bedroom, or living room lighting. Wall
brackets are often used for task lighting at the bathroom mirror.
Portable Lamps can deliver general, task, and accent
lighting, while giving you the flexibility to move the light whenever you want.
Table lamps, floor lamps, and torchiers are available in a variety of styles to
complement your decor.
with Light in the Living Room or Family Room
When designing a lighting plan
for a living room or family room, you need to consider the variety of activities
that occur there. You'll want to include general lighting for entertaining and
watching television, task lighting for reading or sewing, and accent lighting
for artwork, plants, and interesting architectural features. Dimming controls
are ideal for the living room because they allow you to design the lighting to
suit each mood and activity .
Reading requires task lighting that comes
from behind the reader's shoulder. This can be accomplished by placing a floor
lamp either at the right or the left of the reading chair. The bottom of the
shade should be located at eye level to avoid glare.
Bars can be lighted from above
with recessed or track fixtures, or with an island light or pendants that hover
intimately over the bar accented by two recessed adjustable fixtures. The use of
low-voltage fixtures with tungsten-halogen bulbs will emit a bright white light
that will make glassware sparkle, while providing added illumination for serving
Game tables require bright, even overhead lighting. Shaded
pendants equipped with either incandescent bulbs or energy-efficient compact
fluorescent tubes are one solution (see illustration). Or, install two recessed
downlights over each half of the table.
with Light in the Dining Room
Dining room lighting should be
both beautiful and functional. This requires a mix of general, task, and accent
lighting that can set the mood for a number of functions, including a formal
dinner, a family get-together, and other activities such as homework, hobbies,
or family bookkeeping. Dimming controls will enable you to vary the light for
each occasion (see lighting controls).
A chandelier is the focal point of
the dining room. Suspended over the dining table, it serves as a decorative
style element that enhances the beauty of your fine furnishings. When the light
is dimmed, a soft, glowing atmosphere similar to candlelight is created. If
equipped with a downlight, the chandelier provides task lighting for the table
and accent lighting for a centerpiece.
A buffet or sideboard can be
flanked with wall sconces on either side. Choose fixtures that complement the
style of your chandelier.
with Light in the Kitchen
The kitchen is primarily a work area, but it is also a
gathering place for family and friends. Lighting that is comfortable as well as
functional is required.
Dinettes, nooks, and island counters can be
lighted with decorative pendants. When used with a dimmer control, these
ceiling-hung fixtures will provide you with adequate task lighting for homework,
hobbies, or family business and allow you to lower the light for dining or
entertaining (see lighting controls).
Undercabinet lighting is ideal for
countertops. Mount as close to the front of the cabinets as possible to avoid
glare reflecting off work surfaces.
Light in the Bedroom
When lighting a bedroom, you will want to create an
overall atmosphere of quiet relaxation, while providing some bright spots for
reading and other activities. A combination of general and task lighting that
takes into account the age and lifestyle of the occupant(s) is needed. Remember,
dimming controls give you the flexibility to vary the light to suit different
moods and activities.
General lighting can be provided by ceiling
fixtures, chandeliers, fan lights, recessed downlights, or wall sconces, giving
you the illumination you need to dress and see into drawers and
Swing-arm wall lamps on either side of the bed will provide
adequate light for reading, while leaving night stands free for a clock-radio,
books, or beverages.
Designing with Light in the
In the bathroom, you need plenty of even, shadow-free lighting for
shaving, grooming, and applying makeup. In small bathrooms, mirror lights will
illuminate the entire room, but in larger bathrooms, an additional ceiling
fixture is needed for general lighting. A recessed infrared heat lamp will give
you added warmth on chilly mornings.
Designing with Light
Outdoor lighting enhances the beauty of your property, makes your
home safer and more secure, and increases the number of pleasurable hours you
spend outdoors. And it is an investment that pays off handsomely in the value it
adds to your home.
A well-lighted front entrance enables you to greet
guests and identify visitors. Wall lanterns on each side of the door will give
your home a warm, welcoming look, while assuring the safety of those who enter.
Under a porch or other overhang, you can use recessed, chain-hung, or
close-to-ceiling fixtures. A separate rear or side entrance can be lighted with
a single wall lantern installed on the keyhole side of the door. To conserve
energy, consider post and wall lanterns that use new compact fluorescent or
high-intensity discharge light sources such as mercury vapor or high pressure
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