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Friday, March 1, 2019

Make Your Home A Showplace with "Layered Lighting"

   Make Your Home A Showplace with “Layered Lighting”

Have you ever been to a friend’s dinner party and marveled at the ambiance of the kitchen, living room and dining room? As the night went on, the look of each room changed – almost theatrically, as if it were a stage. Yes, your friends took some extra time perfecting their lighting plan – but the extra few hours and dollars was well worth the final result.

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Lighting the interior of your home in requires “layers” of lighting – a combination of ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Ambient lighting can also be obtained with track lighting, ceiling lighting, chandeliers, wall sconces, ceiling fans and recessed lighting. Most homes have some of these lighting features already installed. This is the first layer of lighting in your home.

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Task lighting is directed to specific areas so you can prepare meals, read, see yourself in the bathroom mirror or help perform other focused tasks we do such as reading, and playing games. Task lighting includes under counter lights, table lamps, bathroom and powder room vanity lights, island or pool table lights, floor lamps, pendant lights, track lighting and recessed lighting.

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Accent lighting creates the layers in your lighting plan. Do you have some artwork that makes a great conversation piece? One dramatically lit piece of artwork at the end of a hall will draw visitors to it. Do you have beautiful landscaping? Use landscape lighting in conjunction with large window areas to brings another layer of light and interest into the home environment. Ceiling cove lighting is a great way to soften the lighting in any room – especially when combined with dimmers.

Remember to layer the lighting in your home with ambient, then task, and finally accent lighting. All who enter your home will be dazzled by the transformation when you put more thought into your lighting plan.

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