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What is the best light for your home?

With the right light combination your home can be luminous and dimly vivid. Each room requires three types of lighting — ambient, accent and task. Ambient light is best when diffuse, as its job is to brighten the room overall. It can come from a central fixture, lights, well placed and abundant above the cabinet fixtures or several sources at once. Fixtures that bounce light off ceilings and walls are more efficient than recessed lights, which can leave the ceiling dark. Accent lighting adds ambience. Different sources of light make for a more versatile room. Wiring groups of light fixtures separately allows a room to multitask, especially with dimming control. Be aware that dark surfaces absorb light and glossy surfaces make sharp reflections. Light, matte surfaces reflect light diffusely.

Task lighting is needed in your office, kitchen or a family room. It is important the task lighting to illuminates evenly and adequate. The shape and the color of the shades are important for the strength of the light.

Undercabinet lighting

Undercabinet lighting

Undercabinet lighting can provide the brightest task lighting on countertops, as it’s situated directly over and fairly close to the work surface. Thin tubes, flexible rope lights, and pencil-thin fluorescent tubes with or without lenses are popular choices for undercabinet fixtures. Keeping the fixture to the front of the cabinet helps conceal the fixture and will cause less glare in the countertop. Undercabinet lights supplement task lighting.

Lighting inside cabinets

Lighting inside cabinets

Cabinets with glass doors always benefit from inside lighting. Low-voltage light fixtures, such as puck lights and rope lights, work well inside cabinets because they are small. Low voltage fixtures can be operated by a touch switch or with wiring affixed to a hinge or hidden metal strip so that the lights turn on automatically when the door is opened. Inside cabinets lights can be used as accent light or soft ambient light.

Pendants

Pendants

Lighting an island or peninsula with pendant lights can provide both task and ambient lighting, and a translucent shade will add soft light to the ceiling, too. The bottom of a pendant should be kept at 36 in. and above for island, 30 in and above for dinning table and between 40 in. and 50 in. if the ceiling is high. Pendant lamps are perfect for task lighting over a breakfast nook or a peninsula. An abundant daylight can be replaced by several pendant incandescent light fixtures to ensure adequate lighting at night or on gloomy days.

Recessed Lights

Recessed lights

Recessed lights are perfect for any room, since they can provide plenty of lighting or only dramatic accents. To choose the right type consider the size, configuration, color of the trim and select a bulb that provides the beam spread and the illumination level that you need. For accent lighting, pick fixtures with adjustable lenses or narrow beams. Smaller trims provide more accent lighting than larger. Wall-washers are great choice for your favorite painting or piece of art that needs more brightness and illumination.

Track Lighting

Track lighting

By choosing track lights, you choose flexibility and style. The lights mounted on a track can be rearranged and positioned the way you prefer them. They can be different types and have a different purpose: to direct light at objects such as artwork and provide ambient light at the same time. Some tracks are completely straight, others can be curved the line you like better. Track lights are perfect choice for all type of rooms, since on one track you can combine all type of lights and almost any type of fixtures.

Ceiling-mounted

Ceiling-mounted

This type of fixtures needs to be the right size and scale for the space that it’s in. It is preferable to be large enough to suit the area and to be hanging low enough so it sheds light on the right spot. A chandelier over the table or in a vaulted-ceiling entryway can supply with soft ambient lighting and coziness.

Wall-mounted

Wall-mounted (sconces)

Sconces are mostly used for hallways and stairways. How far to position the fixtures depends on the size and the type of the shades. If you choose to place the fixtures on one wall only, the distance between the lights should be shorter. The form and the size of the fixture, determine how many lamps to choose so you can create a well-lit entrance or stairway.


Dimmers

Add a dimmer for your mood! Using a dimmer is the least expensive and the easiest way to add drama in your room. It also reduces energy use and gives you a choice for a different lighting for different occasions. Dimmers are appropriate for any room — from the kitchen and dinning area, to the TV room and even the bedroom. There is variety of choices that can fit almost any taste.

* Please note that your choice and layout of light fixtures should comply with title 24.