Lights are no longer just the source of illumination but have taken the artistic turn even in our homes. Lights are used to produce various effects by properly playing with shadows and colours. Proper placement of lights can bring about visual supremacy in your home. It can provide a welcoming environment of ambience, warmth and peace. There are a wide variety of lighting systems available in the market to suit your aesthetic taste and mood. Nowadays, various companies are coming forward with the designer LED lightings that consume less power, glow bright and look very appealing affixed on your wall or ceiling.
Three basic types of lighting systems:
Though there is a numerable number of lighting fixtures available in the market; they all can be broadly divided into three basic groups depending on their functionality as General light, Accent light and Task light. Now let us have a look at all three of them.
General purpose Lights :
The basic purpose of general lighting is to provide proper illumination of the area. They are the source of ambient light and falls under the category of master light in a room. Their basic need is to see through in darkness during the night while doing daily chores. Many ceiling fixtures and wall lighting fixtures are used as a general-purpose lights.
Models/fixtures providing general lighting are: Flush mount fixtures, chandeliers, semi-flush mount fixture, wall sconces, lamps and lanterns etc.
Accent Lights :
Accent lights are basically spotlighted in homes used to illuminate a particular piece of art or a wall painting or even a photograph. It is related to the aesthetic appeal associated with the wall. Focusing a particular object adds drama and style to it, this creates an aw-factor to the views. Access lights can also be used inside a cabinet or a closet or to highlight a wall texture and even outdoors to spotlight a sculpture or may be a fountain. You can also fix them in a cabinet where you store your cosmetics and make-up products.Their utility solely depends on the creativity and aesthetic sense of the expert planting it.
Track lights, recessed lights, and wall sconces fall under the accent lights.
Task Light :
Task lights are mostly utility-based lights that are used to focus on our work area. They are used to provide proper illumination for the performance of our work. These tasks may include reading, writing, cooking, cutting-chopping, sewing, drawing, games (like chess, table tennis, billiard etc.) and so on. In the kitchen, task lights may be attached above the kitchen island. It can be successfully used in theatres, galleries operation theatres as well. The utility of task lights is not limited to a few places but with proper understanding, they can be used anywhere and everywhere.
Task lights are provided by track lights, recessed lights, pendant lights, lamps and spotlights.
Types of Lighting fixtures :
A lighting fixture is a device that is used to illuminate an area by bulbs/tubes working on electricity. These electrical devices come under the category of artificial lights. There are large varieties of lighting fixtures available in the market. Most commonly used fixtures in our homes are as follows.
Things to be kept in mind while deciding on a lighting system for your home:
There are a number of things that have to be kept in mind before buying a lighting fixture for your home. A room usually has not one but a collection of lighting fixtures complementing and completing each other. There are different lights for different purposes. So before deciding which lights are the best answer to your lighting requirements, make a note of the following points:
A good lighting system in your home can alter the whole environment and thus, the mood of the people living in it. Some people consult Feng Sui experts for furnishing and fixing sources of light in their home so that the whole environment becomes pious and spiritually enlighten. Keep experimenting with shades, contours and colours to have an ambient and attractive home environment.