Let there be layered light!

Posted by Ben Thompson on 06.6.14

Layered light is the best way to enhance ambiance and the overall design aesthetic of the spaces in your home.

Lighting planning and selection is one of the most important design aspects of a remodeling project. There are three basic types of lighting: ambient, task and accent. Layered lighting is the design principle of combining all three types to create a balance between visual aid for performing tasks and enhancing the design aesthetic and ambiance. A professional designer will know how to design your remodeled space with an effective layered lighting plan.

Here are the three types of lighting used to create layered light.

Layer 1: Ambient Lighting.

ambiant lighting layered lighting

Ambient is your overall lighting, that provides the most light across the widest area of space within a room. It should not be too bright, but provide enough illumination for maneuvering the space. Good sources of ambient lighting include chandeliers, wall mounted fixtures, and recessed lights.

Layer 2: Task Lighting.
Task Lighting layered light

Just as it sounds, task lighting adds brightness where you perform specific tasks such as reading, preparing meals, or makeup application. Task lighting can be provided by pendant lights, under cabinet lights, track lighting, vanity lights, or lamps.

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