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Types of Indoor Lighting – A Room-by-Room Guide


Different interior spaces need different kinds of indoor lighting. And it goes without saying that lighting has both an aesthetic and practical function. By highlighting certain features, the right indoor lighting can tie-in to the room’s décor. This means that indoor lighting spaces can be personalized. It’s important, therefore, to understand the different types of indoor lighting.

Types of Indoor Lighting

Types of Indoor Lighting

Types of Indoor Lighting

In this article, we’ll highlight the various kinds of indoor lighting and how they’re used. We’ll break them down into four main types of indoor lighting and how you can try some of these indoor lighting ideas out if you’re looking for a DIY home improvement project

Ambient Lighting

This refers to general lighting without any extreme low or high points. Generally, ambient lighting is considered to be down lighting – the kind of lighting that comes on when you flick the light switch in a room. You can use dimmers to vary the intensity of the lighting, which can be medium to high, depending on preference or the kind of space you’re illuminating. Ambient lighting is popular for bedroom remodels if you want your bedroom to have a certain feel to it. 

Oyster lights, pendants and downlights all fall into this category, and the fittings will usually be attached to the ceiling to illuminate the room from above. Ambient lighting can be combined with other types of lighting as required by features in the décor or activities in the room. This sort of lighting can be a part of your home remodel ideas.

Task Lighting

Task lighting typically refers to any fitting that’s designed to help you see what you’re doing by directing light at a reasonably high intensity. An ideal example of task lighting is a desk lamp. Other examples of task lighting include a free standing lamp beside a sofa in the living room or strip lighting or pendants over a food preparation area. Task lighting is particularly important for office desks, sewing tables, tool benches, arts and crafts areas, reading, homework and food preparation.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting refers to any fitting that directs light into a specific object or area to make it significantly brighter than the surrounding. It directs attention to specific features and creates contrast with the rest of the lighting. The idea is to make the area or object feel intimate or welcoming. Common examples include pendants used to cast a warm pool of light over a dining area or spotlights used to showcase artwork. This sort of lighting can be a cheap renovation tip to consider to give a room a new life or a different look. 

Mood Lighting

Thanks to the growing popularity and reduced costs of multicolored LED (light emitting diode) light strips, more and more people are embracing mood lighting and using it creatively. These low voltage LED lights are usually safe for DIY installation and are normally backed by an adhesive that allows you to stick them wherever you want in just a couple of seconds. For instance, you can attach the strips behind furniture or in-ceiling alcoves to influence the atmosphere of the room according to your preference.

Bottom Line

The lighting in your indoor space can make or break a room. By understanding the different types of indoor lighting, you can use them to your own advantage. For instance, you can use the right lighting to make your home a place of peace, relaxation and comfort. The trick is to ensure the lighting you choose matches your desired atmosphere and style when you’re looking into interior remodeling.