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Written by Walt Meyer

Four Kinds of Lighting Needed in Your Home – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, a home’s rooms and outdoor areas are settings for relaxation, working, socializing, and eating. The lighting configuration should meet the needs of users at each specific location. Part 2 will discuss Accent and Task lighting for your home.

Rely on an experienced and licensed electrician for lighting projects in your home to get the best results and ensure safety. 

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is utilized primarily for focusing on a smaller area or for attaining an aesthetic effect. This kind of lighting results in the feeling that a space is bigger.

Typically, accent lighting is used to point out a special architectural feature, a particular plant, a work of art, such as a painting or sculpture, or a set of objects like pottery.

In order to be effective, accent lighting needs three times more light on a focal point than what ambient illumination will usually deliver.

Below are fixtures that are capable of providing accent lighting in a home:

  • Directional recessed fixture or down lights
  • Extrusion and tape lighting
  • Slim line bar and under cabinet lighting
  • Track lighting
  • Wall-mounted fixtures

Task Lighting

For user tasks, including cooking, reading, drawing, and typing in a specific area, task lighting provides stronger light for a specific area of a room.

To make task lighting more pleasant, it is best to direct illumination away from the user’s eyes and avoid casting dark shadows. In addition, experts recommend the installation of an independent single on/off switch to make it user-friendly.

Below are fixtures that are capable of providing task lighting in a home:

  • Desk or portable lamps
  • Directional gimbal recessed fixture or down lights
  • Extrusion and tape lights
  • Pendant lighting
  • Slim line bar and under cabinet lights

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  • Standby Generator Installation
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  • Structured Cabling
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement

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