Tips and ideas for integrating lighting design into your home

Ambient Lighting

The ambient lighting layer provides what the eye perceives as the general level of light in a room. Ambient lighting is delivered through the larger lighting fixtures in a room, and don’t forget the role of daylight in home lighting design.

Task Lighting

The task lighting layer which provides light for a specific activity to make the activity easier. Examples are lighting the counter tops in the kitchen for food preparation, or a reading light in the living room. If the ambient lighting in the kitchen or living room is sufficient it may well be possible to prepare food and read without task lighting, but the extra light enhances the experience of chopping or a good novel considerably.

Feature Lighting

I have come across feature lighting referred to as decorative lighting, or accent lighting. my personal favourite, ‘sparkle’. Feature lighting isn’t necessary for any activities in the room, so it’s there to add a bit of sparkle to your home lighting design. Examples include lighting up a glass fronted cupboard in the kitchen or lighting up a picture in the living room.”

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Adding lights to your home not only helps to create the perfect atmosphere, it also increases your home’s value. However, it’s important that you speak to a professional to fully understand the level of brightness necessary for a particular area. You may wish to have your dining area dimly lit for a nice cozy evening at home. Contrast that with a laundry room that you’ll want to be able to clearly see for tasks like folding and sorting.

At MJ Electric, we offer both residential and commercial lighting design for interior and exterior illumination. We’ll help you choose the perfect colors and locations to transform your living spaces into a special atmosphere. Call us at 612-598-0793 to learn more about our lighting design service.