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Lighting 101: The Different Types Of Lighting For Your Home

Lighting 101: The Different Types Of Lighting For Your Home

Adding sophisticated, deliberate lighting to your home can completely change the look of your space. Lighting areas that otherwise fall into the shadows with a smartly placed lamp, lighting a favourite piece of art, adding an overhead lamp where you normally chop vegetables; all of these are ways that lighting can change your home for the better to create a more cohesive and useful space. When it comes to lighting your home, there are 4 main types of lighting you will want to consider, with each one playing a different role in the design of your home and the focus and use of light.

The 4 Main Types Of Lighting

1. Ambient Lighting
This is the base layer of lighting that comes from the main light of a room, such as a ceiling light or chandelier. This type of lighting is used to flood the room with uniform levels of light, and often this light is reflected off of the walls. The main purpose of this light is function; ambient lighting easily illuminates a space so that people can see where everything is. But ambient lighting can be used as a design feature as well! The tone of your ambient lighting can dictate the feel of a room, as a yellow-toned light can create warmth while a blue-toned light can make rooms feel cold or sterile.

2. Task Lighting
As the name implies, this lighting is for getting specific tasks done. Think of a reading lamp or a light above the oven. Task lamps highlight specific areas where you may need or want more light concentrated in one area to assist with visibility. This isn’t only limited to lamps on desks, it can also include under cabinet lights or directional fixtures. Task lighting often serves an obvious purpose for its location and focuses on one specific area.

3. Accent Lighting
Whereas task lighting focuses light on one area for practical work and visual perception purposes, accent light focuses light on a specific area to artfully highlight something in a room. Accent lighting focuses light where the decorator wants a person’s eye to go, often highlighting a piece of art or a design feature within a room. While some accent lighting can be used to direct attention to a piece of interest, other accent lighting can be used for guides or pathways, such as you might see in gardens or hallways.

4. Decorative Lighting
This type of lighting is meant to be an obvious design feature or piece of art. For decorative lighting, the design of the light is very important, as the shape, colour, size, material, light colour, and overall design will greatly affect the mood and aesthetic of the room. For example, a rustic, wooden light fixture may give the impression of a barn or cabin and elicit a cozy, casual feeling, a crystal chandelier will elicit decadence and formality, while a black metal angular lamp will give a modern twist to whatever room it is in. The design of the decorative lighting can greatly alter the feeling of the room and the entire home and it is often a centerpiece.

Have Calgary Lighting Specialists Improve Your Home

Add some light in your life by improving your home lighting. Whether you want to add small touches of accent lighting or you want to add a main focal point to a room, working with a lighting specialist can give your home a quick and easy makeover. To discuss your options and to realize your lighting design vision, contact a lighting expert from Fluorescent Man Lighting and Electrical. Our lighting consultants can inspect your current residential lighting and help you determine the best lighting design for your space to achieve the look you want. To book a consultation to discuss your unique lighting design goals, contact Fluorescent Man Lighting and Electrical in Calgary at 1-403-863-8529 or fill out the contact form.


Q: Can you re-do my lighting in my current home?
A: Yes, we can. If your home needs a lighting upgrade or you wish to transform a space with a new beautiful lighting setup, contact the lighting experts at Fluorescent Man Lighting in Calgary at 1-403-863-8529.

Q: Can Fluorescent Man Lighting change my home to LED lighting?
A: Yes we can. Our lighting specialists can retrofit your home with LED lighting to help you make your home more eco-friendly.

Q: How do I decide what lighting to get in my home?
A: If you’re looking for a change in your home but you’re unsure of how to start, schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our residential lighting experts. We start with a discussion of your design goals and the way you use a space and provide for lighting that is perfect for the space and that matches your personal taste. Our lighting consultants are here to help you, so take advantage of their knowledge to work together for a newly lit home.

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