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					Home Lighting Basics
Thanks to Mr. Edison and his invention of the light bulb, we
now see things in a whole new light. From the basic bare bulb
to the ever energy-efficient florescent to the raw light of a
skylight—lighting solutions are vast and unique. All lighting
whether it comes from the sun or a bulb can be placed into
five categories. But no matter what electrical contractor you
hire, it's up to you to decide what lighting will be going where
in your home improvement project. Use this guide to find the
right lighting solution for your room.
Natural Lighting
It's pretty obvious what natural lighting is. It's sunlight and it can come into a room in a wide
variety of ways. Windows and doors are the most common while skylights are a close
second. But just because a room doesn't have any windows or doors doesn't mean natural
sunlight can't enter the space. Solar tubes are easily adaptable to any space as the tube is
made from reflective metal and can be bent in almost any direction to provide natural light
almost anywhere in your home.
Benefits and Disadvantages: Natural light is beautiful but it's only around during the day,
leaving other lighting options to provide the light during the night.

Ambient Lighting
This lighting option simple means that the light is ambient, as if it comes from every
direction. Florescent is one of the most common forms of ambient lighting. Natural lighting
is closely related to ambient lighting as well. A bank of raised fixed glass typically found in
commercial settings like banks and offices are a form on ambient lighting.
Benefits and Disadvantages: Ambient lighting is soft and warm. However it can be limited
in overall brightness.

Accent Lighting
The complete opposite of ambient lighting, accent lighting is set up to accent particular
areas or features of a room. Track lighting is a prime example of accent lighting. Recessed
can lights are another great way to provide accent light in the kitchen, bathroom or
bedroom.
Benefits and Disadvantages: Accent lighting works great to display furniture, art work or
areas of design. Because accent lighting is direct, it tends to get hot very quickly, warming
up anything within the light beam radius.

Aesthetic Lighting
When you want to showcase the light itself as the centerpiece of décor, installing an
aesthetic light is the right choice for you. Wall sconces, neon signs and post lamps are all
versions of aesthetic lighting. Aesthetic lighting can be can also be task, accent and ambient
lighting as well.
Benefits and Disadvantages: Aesthetic lighting is a great way to add elegance and opulence
to your home décor project. The drawback is they are typically much more expensive than
other lighting options.

Task
This particular lighting choice is best suited for an office desk, kitchen countertop or
bathroom vanities. Wherever important tasks are required, task lighting is ready to help a
lending hand. Flexible based desk lamps, lighted make up mirrors and LED under cabinet
lighting are perfect examples of task lighting solutions.
Benefits and Disadvantages: This lighting solution is very specific for its job and works well
when you need light where you want it. And because they are so specific, they have no
chance of lighting a room by themselves.

				
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