Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Good Housekeeping: The Basics of Indoor Lighting

The Basics of  Indoor Lighting

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      "Let there be light!" That was how God created light for the earth, He commanded it. Well, for us, we can command it, but somebody's got to fix it.

     Lighting is most essential at night time. However, even during the day, areas of our homes need lights for us to be able to do our tasks. Lights also set the mood of our home and give it a great look and ambiance. Here are the kinds of lighting we put in our homes, according to :

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     1) Task Lighting --these are necessary to carry specific activities such as:
        - for food preparation and cooking
        - for grooming (shaving, putting on make-up)
        - for reading
        - for activities in the laundry

    2) Ambient Lighting -- the total amount of light that is present in a space. Depending on 
         how much is desired or needed, ambient lighting is usually of personal preference. 
         For example, in the family room, we usually put pin lights in ceilings which we can 
         dim or brighten depending on the ambiance we desire for the activity that we do 
         like dim for watching movies or films and bright when we play board games with 
         our  kids.

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   3)  Accent Lighting  -- this kind of lighting brings attention to itself or to an object, such as a painting or artwork, a framed photography or posters.

    4) Layered Lighting  -- a process of placing multiple types of lighting in a single space,  created from a variety of sources. Example, in the kitchen, task lighting can be achieved with a combination of under-cabinet lighting and recessed lighting; ambient and accent lighting can be achieved with a central chandelier and/or wall scones.

     There are many ways to use lighting to give the ambiance or the look we want. We can use lighting fixtures and portable lamps. Nowadays, we have a wide array of fixtures and lamps to choose from. Lamps, according to the above web page, should be typically 20 inches tall as an accent, but table lamps should be 25 to 32 inches tall for the purpose of lighting living rooms, bedrooms, dining and family rooms. Lamp shade height should equal the measurement taken from the base of the lamp to the bottom of the bulb socket, again, according to the web page. However, this rule varies nowadays, depending on the design of the lamp and lamp shades. 

    Another tip: you can get the most out of your lighting fixtures if the bulb is clean. Hellow! Makes common sense?



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