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Three Layers of Lighting


Whether you hire a professional interior designer or thrive on being a weekend warrior, the laws of layered lighting are important to consider. There are three layers to examine: Ambient, task and accent lighting.


Ambient lighting or general lighting is the base of your layers. It is important it provides enough glare-less light to allow safe movement about your space. Chandelier's, ceiling fixtures or wall sconces are great choices, but you can also use track lighting or fluorescent fixtures in a commercial setting. Floor and table top lamps also create the light necessary for this application.





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Task lighting provides light directly where you need it. While designing your room take a close look at the areas you will be spending more time. Will you be chopping vegetables? Grooming? Pouring a drink? Settling down with a good book? Bring light directly above any of these areas with hanging pendants or above counter lighting. Try to avoid using ceiling mounted track lighting as they can create shadows or an irritating glare. This layer not only helps you safely perform your daily tasks but also brings depth and beauty to your space.

Accent or directional lighting is the final layer that brings everything together. Do you have architectural features, beautiful cabinetry, artwork or collections you want to show off? This layer is so important in making your room identifiably yours. You can use directional recessed lighting, track lighting as well as specialty lighting to create stunning elegance to your space.

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- Three Layers of Lighting

- How Lighting can Affect Your Mood.

As you can see, too much artificial lighting or illumination that is insufficient for the task at hand can cause some serious side effects. When choosing lighting for the different areas of your home, you need to choose carefully, as it will have an impact on your emotional and physical health – use globes that simulate daylight wherever possible, use shades over globes wherever possible, and never use dim fixtures where tasks are regularly completed (such as the kitchen).

By carefully selecting each and every lighting solution for your home or workplace, you could even improve the moods of the people who frequently use those spaces. Noticed that your employees appear to be overly stressed? Utilize more natural lighting in the workplace to boost their happiness and relaxation. Noticed that your kids are complaining that their eyes hurt? Utilize lampshades to protect their little eyes from the harsh glow of task lighting. In this way, your space will affect your mood and emotions in a more positive way.Type your paragraph here.


Mehla, Anne. “How Lighting Can Affect Your Mood And Emotions.”Mental Health. Selfgrowth . Web. June 2017.

Anne Mehla wrote this article on SelfGrowth.com about How lighting can affect your mood.

Sometimes we can feel unhappy in certain rooms or areas of our home, but can’t really come up with a logical explanation as to why this is. The reason behind your mood changes and depressed emotions could, however, be due to the lighting in your home. Why not update your current lighting solutions in order to avoid some of the affects listed below?

Poor lighting can cause eye fatigue and headaches, which make us feel depressed or ill in the space constantly.
Poor natural lighting can trigger depression and actually has a negative effect on our immune systems.
Bright lighting stimulates our mind (which is why it’s great for task illumination) whilst dim illumination quiets our senses and can actually make us feel drowsy (which is why it’s great for the bedroom).
Dim lighting and harsh contrast can cause us to strain our eyes when being used in place of task illumination.
Excessive artificial lighting can cause rooms to appear overly bright, which actually hurts our eyes and can cause us to feel nervous and on edge in the space.
Insufficient lighting can cause us to suffer emotional stress and even physical illness if we are exposed for long periods of time.
Natural lighting through windows and skylights has calming effects on our minds and emotions.
Uncovered globes can actually cause irritation (to both our eyes and our mood), as well as disturbing the harmony of the space.


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