There are 3 types of lighting called layers
of light: ambient, task and accent. First is ambient lighting– or general – lighting.
This is the overall lighting every room needs. Pendants, chandeliers, even floor lamps fill
the room with enough overall light to work, read and play. Second, add task lighting in pinpointed areas
where you need intense, direct light. Chopping vegetables? Put an under-cabinet
light here, or a mini pendant here and here. Reading the mail? Set a desk lamp here. Third, accent lighting spotlights things and
helps balance your lighting. Want to light artwork or other collectibles?
Install a track light here. Or highlight your mantel or fireplace? Install
wall sconces here and here. Have some fixtures on dimmer switches so you
can lower the light and ramp up the mood. Just be sure the light is dimmable first. And if you find a fixture you like, check
to see if it’s part of a collection. Finally, don’t forget light bulbs – and
be sure they’re compatible with your light fixture. With the right blend of ambient, task and
accent lighting, your home’s lighting is complete.