Creating a House of Light

An essential element for showing off the beauty of your new kbhomes is interior lighting. Understanding the different kinds of lighting available to a homeowner, and using them to their best effect, can bring attention to the beauty of a home and its interior, create more harmonious living spaces, and improve quality of life. Light plays a significant role in the happiness of human beings. In areas where natural light is diminished during part of the year there are higher rates of seasonal depression and disgruntlement. With proper lighting, you can mitigate this effect and bring warmth back into your home.


Lighting Types


1. Ambient

Ambient lighting is a gentle, unobtrusive light source that doesn’t create too many shadows in a room. This type of lighting provides a nice background glow and subtle warmth to a room. Sources of ambient lighting are wall sconces, dimmer switch lights, and paper lanterns where light is diffused.


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2. Accent

Accent lighting does exactly what the name implies, it accents a specific are of a room. Accent lights can highlight artwork, architectural interest, a tabletop, etc. This can be accomplished with a bulb and an opaque shade that pushed the light in one direction. The light and shadow created by this type of lighting adds visual interest and depth to a room.


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3. Task

Task lighting is designed to make certain household chores easier. You find task lighting over workspaces in a kitchen, in bathrooms over vanities, on top of a piano to light the keys. This kind of lighting, while filling a very functional role, can be very artistic and beautiful.


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4. Aesthetic

Aesthetic lighting is lighting just for the sake of art. A lighted globe, a neon light on a wall as decoration, or a hanging light with a shade that casts beautiful shadows on a wall are all examples of aesthetic lighting.


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5. Natural or Kinetic

Natural light is sometimes called kinetic light because it is always changing. Sunlight, firelight, and candlelight all change as time progresses. They flicker, the shadows and highlights change and dance as they do. Incorporating these kinds of light sources, through windows and fireplaces, adds beauty and visual interest to a room. And, in the case of sunlight, health to the inhabitants of the home.


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Layering Light

For the most beautiful use of light in a home, and the best way to accomplish a natural warmth, layer lights in a room.


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  • Begin with ambient lights. These can come from overhead lights, semi-recessed lights, or even from a ceiling fan. Choose bulbs with a lower lumen rating and make sure that if your room has a larger square footage that you have several ambient light sources to ensure the entire room is bathed in a gentle glow.
  • The next level is task lighting. Lights over a stove or sink, bedside lamps, or a desk light are all task lights. These lights require a higher lumen count but a smaller square footage. A good lamp shade to focus the bright light on the space you need it is a good idea. Adjustable lighting is also a plus in this area, and choose warm or cool light colors depending on the work you will be doing. Cool lighting for crafting, warm lighting for reading.
  • Accent lighting is your next level. This is the jewelry of light. Go for beautiful fixtures, chandeliers, pendant lights over a table, Tiffany-style stand lights, etc. Placed around your room they add class and beauty. The purpose of these lights is artistic. The lumens of this kind of lighting can be lower because it is not your only light source.


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