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LET'S TALK LIGHTING


"I think people underestimate the importance of lighting - layers of lighting, not just one light. I do a lighting seminar where I take a $300-a-yard fabric and a $3-a-yard fabric. I show what lighting can do to either one." - Candice Olson

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Lighting: Matteo Lighting

Lighting is far more involved than just hanging a chandelier or placing a lamp on table. A proper lighting plan is critical when designing your home. Inadequate lighting not only will leave you in the dark, it will leave your home feeling incomplete and aesthetically unpleasing.

When we talk about lighting layers, we are referring to ambient, task, accent, and decorative lighting, and they all serve their own individual and important purpose.

AMBIENT/GENERAL LIGHTING

Ambient, or general, lighting is the most basic layer of lighting. It provides overall illumination of a space, for safety and function, and is the base for other lighting layers.

Nearly any type of lighting fixture can provide ambient light, including chandeliers, pendants, flush and semi-flush mounts, wall sconces, recessed lighting, track lighting, and even table and floor lamps.

The most common ambient lighting we currently see in interiors is recessed pot-lights. They are typically discreet, offering overall lighting in a room, and are relatively inexpensive when compared to non-recessed fixtures (although installation costs can be higher). Pot lights can be 3-6", round, square, and have a variety of trims - stainless steel, chrome, black, white, and pretty much any other colour of the rainbow.

Photo Credit: Brand Lighting

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It has been said the most neglected surface in a room is the ceiling. We pay so much attention to our floor and walls, often forgetting about the ceiling. It can be treated like another wall and be home to dramatic elements including dropped ceilings and unique lighting design.

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TASK LIGHTING

We use task lighting in areas where the ambient lighting may not be sufficient. As the name suggests, we may be performing tasks such as studying, working, cooking, applying makeup, or shaving.

Typical fixtures that might provide task lighting include recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting, undercabinet lighting, vanity lights, floor lamps, and table and desk lamps.

The LED vanity lights in this bathroom provide minimal glare or shadows which is important when applying makeup or shaving.

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Recessed potlights provide task lighting aswell as ambient lighting over the sink, and under the cabinets in this wet-bar we designed.

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The use of task lighting really sets the mood in this master suite. The swing arm wall sconces and floor lamp not only add a decorative element, but also function when reading at night.

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Built by: Hasler Homes

The under cabinet puck lights not only offer a functional use of task lighting, they also highlight the stunning marble tile work and allow various layers of lighting to be used in conjunction with the ambient lighting.

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ACCENT LIGHTING

Accent, or directional, lighting is typically used to highlight certain objects or architectural features from paintings and sculptures to walls and trees. Accent lighting should be about three times the level of the ambient illumination. It is usually preferred to use an inconspicuous fixture, as the object being illuminated should be the focal point. Typical fixtures that provide accent lighting include track and rail lights, recessed directional lights, downlight pendants, wall mount fixtures, cabinet lights, tape and rope lights, and landscape lights

The island pendants seen in this home are downlight pendants. They do not offer a beam spread, rather the direction of light is downwards.

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Built by: Hasler Homes

It may be hard to tell from this photo, but the two centre pot-lights are 3" directional pot-lights, intended to highlight the natural limestone we installed in this custom home. The fireplace surround will also be the future home to a piece of art, which will be the spotlight of this room.

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Photo credit: Mint Lighting

DECORATIVE LIGHTING

Decorative lighting is when the lighting fixture itself is the focal point. It could be that the fixture creates an interesting pattern, is sculptural, made of materials such as glass, metal, fabric, paper, wood or organic materials.

Decorative fixtures typically do not provide adequate lighting and should be used in conjunction with ambient lighting for an effective lighting plan.

Interior Design and lighting design by: Stephanie Hilton Design

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Lighting: Matteo Lighting

Interior Design and lighting design by: Stephanie Hilton Design

Photo Credit: Snowchimp Creative

Lighting: Matteo Lighting

Interior Design by: Stephanie Hilton Design

Photo Credit: Snowchimp Creative

Built by: Hasler Homes

Photo Credit: ET2 Lighting

When planning for new lighting whether that be a whole new lighting design, or replacement of fixtures, remember what are you using the space for? What is the intent of the lighting? And always, it's recommended to consult with a professional for achieving a perfect lighting plan.

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full service Vancouver Interior Design

firm servicing the Lower Mainland and

the Fraser Valley, and specializes in

Residential Interior Design.

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