Types of Internal Property Lighting
Types of Internal Property Lighting
When it comes to the comfort and practicalities of any property, lighting is vital for everyday functionality, often, as well as for decorative purposes. The type of lighting, where to put it and what it is best used for is also very important in creating the look and making the room or rooms in question more desirable. It should also be taken into account that the lighting you choose should be as safe as possible and if needed, you should seek to obtain an Electrical Safety Certificate (if you are the landlord).
Types of Lighting
Ambient Lighting: Also referred to as general lighting or low-key lighting, ambient lighting is one of the most common types of internal lighting. An ambient light provides a soft glow that lights up a room well, without causing a harsh glare that may be counterproductive in a room in your house. Ambient lighting used for décor aims to create a natural and flat light. Ambient lighting is mainly to aid you with being able to function in a room, but it is not ideal for working closely with things and is not so great for highlighting things around your space.
Great for Atmosphere: When fixed in correctly, ambient lighting creates soft lighting to enhance any environment great for relaxing in. It is known to de-stress you, and therefore it is recommended that ambient lighting is used in rooms such as the living room or a snug – basically, the rooms you use for relaxation.
Chandeliers and Pendants: These type of lighting fixtures work best with ambient lighting and taller ceilings, the perfect pair! The reason ambient lighting works so well in these light fixtures is that it mimics a glowing lantern or candle.
Task Lighting – Tasking lighting is a smaller more concentrated type of light. People often call this type of lighting ‘office lighting’ as it functions as light that helps with detail, and therefore work, projects, cooking, writing, sewing and many other things of a similar nature. If you have a low-lit room with a desk lamp turned on, the light in that area will be more effective as it will have much less glare than if the whole room was lit up with a bright light.
Atmosphere: It is true that task lighting actually helps to stimulate the brain since the contrast in lighting allows you to be more alert. Many businesses chose this type of lighting in their offices as it helps their employees see more details while working, keeps them mentally stimulated all leading to better results.
Under cabinet lights: Aside from desk lamps in your office, task lighting works well in the kitchen, placed under the cabinet. As well as looking great, task lighting adds extra lighting to the work space of a kitchen to aid with reading cook books, chopping and cleaning, for example.
These lights also work well and look good in the bathroom and on dressing mirrors where you may benefit from concentrated lighting, to clean or apply make-up etc.
Pendant and Track Lights: Pendants are brilliant since they can be placed in a variety of different areas and can hang directly above work spaces. Track lights are great for the same reason, the difference is that they can usually cover a little more space than a pendant fixture. These lights are perfect for office spaces which have rows of desks, above kitchen islands and in children’s play/homework areas.
This is also a very concentrated type of lighting but has the sole in intention to draw eyes to a focal point, aside from providing light of course. Accent lighting a perfect way of adding style and character to your home by helping to illuminate anything that you want to display – meanwhile shadowing duller areas. People use this type of lighting to emphasize; paintings, mirrors, ornaments, general internal architecture, book cases and so on.
Atmosphere: Accent lighting creates a sophisticated look and feel to any home. It invokes importance to whatever it is displaying. You will find this type of lighting in museums, historical buildings and art exhibitions.
Wall Lights: Walls are the best place to fix accent lighting. It makes it’s easy to display any on the wall art, mirrors, architecture or anything of the like, very easily.