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Lighting in Interior Design

January 6, 2011 IADT Sacramento, Interior Design 0 Comments

Lighting is essential to interior design. It can be used to set a mood or to highlight certain features of a room. Without it, people would not be able to fully understand and appreciate the efforts of an interior designer.

Are you about to tackle the task of redesigning a room? Or would you just like to enhance an existing one? Here are a couple of lighting solutions from the American Lighting Association that can help you achieve your design goals:

Hall/Foyer Fixtures can create a congenial atmosphere while providing the general lighting needed to greet guests and assure safe passage into other areas of the home. Use ceiling, chain-hung or close-to-ceiling fixtures in hallways, stairways and entranceways.

Chandeliers can add sparkle and style to a dining room while giving you the general lighting you need for dining and entertaining. They are also used in bedrooms, foyers or over a living room grouping or a grand piano. Some are designed with downlights to provide task lighting for homework or table games, or to accent table settings. Chandeliers are available in both incandescent and tungsten-halogen. The addition of a dimmer control lets you alter the intensity of light to suit the mood and activity.

Pendants can provide both task and general lighting. Equipped with shades or globes to avoid glare, they are suspended from the ceiling over dinette tables, game tables, kitchen counters or other work areas. When used over end or night tables, they free up the space occupied by table lamps. The use of a dimmer control gives you the flexibility to vary the light to suit the occasion.

Recessed Lighting can provide inconspicuous general, task or accent lighting. Installed in the ceiling with only the trim showing, recessed fixtures can be used anywhere in the home, including outdoors under eaves. They are ideal for low-ceiling areas, and with a special adapter they can also be used in cathedral ceilings. They are available as downlights, adjustable accent lights and wall washers in both standard and low-voltage current and a choice of incandescent, tungsten-halogen and energy-efficient compact fluorescents*.

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