Lighting can make or break a room. Knowing the characteristics of different lighting types and where to use each type in your home, is an important element of design. There are basically 5 types of lighting: Accent, Aesthetic, Ambient, Natural, and Task. Today, we’ll take a look at Ambient, Natural & Task Lighting.
What recently got me thinking about lighting, is the lamp shade my handsome little Samson has been wearing for the past two weeks. It reminded me of the torchiere lamp I used to have. Isn’t he pitiful?
So here is the deal: Ambient lighting is almost a “hidden” source of light that washes a room with a bit of a glow. It creates very few shadows, brings the eye down and creates a mood.
Task lighting is simply functional. It’s light that is used to perform daily activities, whether that be working at your desk, reading, cooking, putting on your makeup, etc. It helps our eyes keep from getting to tired focusing on the task at hand (so it should be glare free).
The space below is a project Ashley and I worked on. We created a glamorously functional office space for a client using both ambient and task lighting sources. Note the light on the credenza casts a soft glow but isn’t bright enough to work from – that is ambient lighting. The lamp on our client’s desk is the task lighting source.
This next space, created by Shannon Bieter out of Washington, DC, is a good example of both ambient and natural lighting. As the sun shines through the windows and washes the space in a glow, sunshine can also vary by season, time of day, the weather, or source. Candlelight or firelight can be considered natural lighting. That is why having some good sources of ambient lighting – note the table lamps – is a good idea in every room.
If you have thoughts on lighting, or any other comments on the above, please feel free to drop us a line below. And stay tuned, I will be addressing Accent & Aesthetic Lighting styles in an upcoming post!
And of course, if we can assist you in desiging a space that puts you in the best light (pun intended), please CONTACT US (or if you’re in the DC area, call Shannon – she rocks).
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