Choosing ambient lighting

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Ambient lighting is very influential in terms providing a whole look for a home or place. For instance when it comes to lighting, accent and additional lights will be needed if the ambient lighting has not been thoughtfully designed. Renters though may not have a choice so additional lighting may be needed.

For those who may have control over lighting design, then some tips from expert designers may be considered a bonus.

Live Home 3D gave comprehensive tips on lighting design for the whole home. Master Electrician 

“Light used for the general illumination of a room is known as ambient or general lighting. This type of lighting differs from task lighting in that its purpose is to provide an even wash of light throughout a room as opposed to concentrated light for a specific job. This type basically ensures that a room is comfortable and that its inhabitants make their way around the room without tripping on unseen obstacles.”

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Ambient lighting in the living room

The says that living room ambient lighting sets the tone in the whole home. It is the first room that welcomes both homeowners and visitors creating an impression for the whole home.

The Spruce came up with pieces of advice on ambient lighting especially in the living area. American Lighting Association 

“A mix of different types of lighting, placed at different points in the room, is essential for creating a proper living room lighting scheme. While the first thing you tend to see in this room in London’s Cheyenne Terrace is the central statement fixture, there are also three table lamps, one floor lamp, five pot lights, and an accent light in the ceiling on the window side of the room. They all combine to create a layered and robust lighting scheme, free of shadows.”

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Interior Mantra for its part came up with ambient lighting design tips for each room in the house. They came up with advice on how to design ambient lights in the bedroom.

“The bedroom can be a tricky area to light since it is a room of function and relaxation. Plenty of light is needed for dressing areas with bedside table lamps to create soft ambient lighting for relaxing and practicality. A bedroom should retain its romantic and soothing qualities. The most classic setup for a bedroom is a single fan light with incandescent lamps, but more contemporary lighting solutions can provide a more even illumination and give you additional freedom in controlling the mood at any given moment. This can be achieved using a series of recessed lights, track lighting, or pendant fixtures along with some well thought out wall sconces that are controlled independent of the overhead lighting. Installing a dimmer for the overhead fixtures allows you to further adjust the brightness and mood. Installing a large chandelier can produce a very dramatic effect, but for that you need to remove the ceiling fan.”

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Ambient lighting indeed sets a tone in any room in the home, and should be thoughtfully designed in order to be fully maximized.

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