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Lighting can be one of your most important decorating elements, creating the mood that makes a space feel like home. Knowing the difference between lighting types can help you achieve the perfect lighting effect for your room.
General Lighting is a light or series of lights that provides overall illumination to the room. For rooms that have a ceiling fixture, general lighting is achieved pretty easily. To enhance the appearance or functionality of the fixture, try a chandelier or ceiling fan.
Task Lighting serves a more specific purpose and that purpose will vary depending on the room. For a kitchen, it may be under-shelf or under-cabinet lights to aid in prepping and cooking food. In a living room, it may be a lamp or two in designated reading areas or a desk lamp for homework and bill paying. Effective task lighting enhances visual clarity and keeps the eyes from getting tired, so it needs to be glared-free.
Accent Lighting is intended to draw attention to a particular item or area of the room. A bulb and some kind of shield to direct the light are all that's need for this type of lighting. Halogen spotlights and table lamps with opaque shades are good ways to achieve accent lighting.
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