Lighting Design

Lighting Ideas for Remodeling: Layering

Residential lighting has evolved recently with a shift to something called layered lighting, or balancing the use of several lights for optimal lighting effect. When remodeling, proper lighting plays a central role in a room’s versatility and overall aesthetic appeal. The generic look of single-source lighting and its limited illumination has given way to multiple-source lighting that can strengthen a remodeled room’s overall appeal.

Layering is about establishing a healthy balance to arrive at the right look and feel. Here are the three types of lighting for creating an optimal lighting environment:

  • Task Lighting. When you need light to accomplish a specific task such as reading, writing, or dinner preparation, then task lighting is essential. As kitchens have evolved into multi-use rooms, for instance, the need for task lighting has increased. A task light can be a simple desk lamp, a pendant light descending from a ceiling or even an under-cabinet light.
  • Ambient Lighting is often referred to as general lighting. A ceiling light’s ambient glow is often the starting point for more nuanced, layered lighting.
  • Accent lighting can spot light a unique features of a room. A table lamp, for instance, can draw attention to a painting or floral display; a wall sconce can highlight a wall hanging, sculpture and more.

Layering offers flexibility for the assorted ways a room can be used. A task light can used for reading, two accent lights to highlight a wall hanging and ambient light for establishing mood.

Living Room Recessed LightsRecessed lighting, which offers an understated type of elegance, is often used in conjunction with other lights. It’s quite popular when remodeling kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, among others. Recessed lights speaks to style, simplicity, multiple use, and offer countless ways to enhance design; they even promote the reduction of global warming.

In 2007, for example, there were an estimated 800 million “down lights” installed in residential and commercial buildings. If all had been retrofitted with low-voltage LEDs, energy consumption would have been reduced by 6.7 million households!

It’s taken a while, but finally the generic, often dull, effect of a single-source lighting has given way to multiple lighting ideas!