We speak to a selection of lighting designers about how to flawlessly layer task, accent and ambient lighting to achieve the perfect illumination across a variety of spaces

by Francesca

Lighting is one of the most important aspects to think about in any space, as the right light can change the dynamics of a room to create the perfect ambience. There are three main types of lighting: ambient, task and accent, each adding a different layer to the interior.

To accomplish a well-thought-out, welcoming space, you need to embrace the complete range of lighting sources available: pendant lights, recessed lights, chandeliers, track lighting, tall floor lamps, small table lamps, wall sconces, under cabinet lighting, and other spot lighting. My advice is to vary the lighting sources to create little pockets and pools of illumination. Ambient lighting is the most prominent type as it sets the mood and overall atmosphere of a space, whilst providing a room with sufficient lighting.

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Task lighting helps to accomplish daily activities such as preparing food for example or lighting up a workspace in a commercial setting. Accent lighting can then be used to highlight points of interest in a room such as artwork, plants, or architectural features. This type of lighting requires three times as much light as the surrounding areas to create a focal point.
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Think about the function of the space and how you could enhance or compliment it. Would you like warm lighting to create a cosy atmosphere in a home environment, or a cooler gallery style lighting for shop floor or cafe? Would you like the lighting to wash the wall in a decorative fashion or do you need focused task lighting over a countertop or desk space for example?

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Different functions will demand different types of lighting. It is also important to ensure the lights are independently controlled, as well as installing dimmer switches for each light source, to allow for a wide variety of moods to be created throughout the day.

The correct blend of layered lighting is vital to get right as it influences human moods and emotions. From a commercial perspective, the correct lighting can have huge benefits on business. Within an office setting, for example, lighting can improve employee’s health and wellbeing, which in turn will increase positivity and productivity within a business. Whereas, in a restaurant, the lighting can help set the mood, ensuring customers enjoy their experience and ultimately spend more time and money within the establishment.

Marketa Rypacek 

Managing Director, Industville Ltd

020 7971 7871 | www.industville.co.uk

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