The Difference between Task and Ambient Lighting

The Difference between Task and Ambient Lighting

When deciding on lighting for your home, there are many factors to take into consideration. If you’re choosing lights for the interior of your house, deciding where to use task lighting and where to use ambient lighting is of vital importance. Having the right balance between the two can not only make your your home look better, but it can make it more functional and easier to use.

So, what is the difference between task and ambient lighting?

Ambient lighting is also known as general lighting, and it is used to provide light to an overall area, such as a room. To be most effective, it should be evenly distributed and bright without glare. The purpose of this is to provide overall light to a room, allowing people to get around safely. There are many ways to provide a room with ambient light, from a simple overhead light to a glittering chandelier to stylish wall-mounted lights. You may also want to think about whether you prefer warm light (ideal for a family living room) or more cool light, as would suit a bathroom or kitchen. This type of lighting is the most vital and fundamental thing to think of when considering how to light a room.

Task lighting is lighting which is designed to help you accomplish a specific task. For example, in the kitchen you may want to illuminate the worktops in order to make cooking easier. In a bedroom you may choose to have a bedside light so you can read in bed, and in the bathroom you might want extra lights around the mirror to make getting ready easier. This kind of lighting contributes significantly to the overall look of the room, and makes certain tasks much easier to accomplish. Good task lighting should be bright enough to prevent eye strain and free of glare. It can be accomplished through the use of track lighting, spotlights or even table lamps.

In order to achieve the complete look that you want for your room , it is important to have the correct mix of these two types of lighting.

 

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