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5 Types of Lighting to Brighten up a Dark Room

In many homes the problem of lighting a room with a limited amount of natural light can cause issues during redecorating and how to fix it at a minimum cost. Different sized rooms can create a various number of problems. Below a look at the different lighting options available show and what benefit they possess.

Ceiling Lights

The name may confuse some into believing all light sources attached to the ceiling fit under this type of lighting, but in reality it means a standard glass or plastic shade concealing a light bulb. These are usually the main lights found in rooms and offer a good central point to a room’s lighting plan.

Track Lights

The best method for lighting a long room, track lights consist of several adjustable heads that can be positioned in whatever direction along the track. Mounted from the ceiling they offer a widespread range that can light any area of the room. The only downside is the volume of light in the areas opposite to where the heads are facing.

Task Lighting

Predominantly used to help perform specific tasks, such as reading and cooking, this type of lighting could also be used to light a room if used correctly in a lighting plan. Put near seating areas, this can light specific areas to help perform such tasks and is suitable for smaller rooms where a couple of lights provide a perfectly lit area that doesn’t create eye strain or distracting glares.

Desk, Floor and Table Lamps

In large rooms where ceiling lights fail to cover the entire area, the best option is to use a number of lamps to fill the room with light. There isn’t a correct way utilising this, each room is different, so feel free for personal preferences to take centrefold to get the best results but make sure the lamps are situated at around head height with most lamps protecting light downwards.

Architectural Lighting

Just like how it sounds in the name, architectural lighting is incorporated into the structure of the room. Cove lighting is the most common form and normally located in ledges or recess high up on a wall, while the lesser known Soffit lighting is used in a soffit or cornice near the ceiling to radiate light down the walls of the room – in lighter painted rooms this will have best effect to create a warm and bright area.

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