How To Use Accent Lighting Like a Pro
May 4, 2018
Finding fun and innovative ways to fill up the rooms in your home with furniture, fixtures and other items is something we all enjoy doing. However, one major problem (well, not that major) exists: if you don’t have a proper way to light the things you’ve added to the interior, then you and your guests won’t be able to fully enjoy them to the maximum. One way to spice up everything is by taking advantage of the different ways of lighting them, namely accent lighting.
Accent lighting is just one in a series of secondary lighting strategies along with task lighting and ambient lighting. While task lighting deals with spotlighting individual objects or features with stronger individual beams and ambient lighting aims to bathe a larger area in a swath of illumination, accent lighting prefers to straddle more of a middle ground between the two. Electric Today can help you learn more about accent lighting and the different ways to utilize it, and we can help you add it to your home!
How Does Accent Lighting Work?
As one of the three secondary methods of lighting, accent lights aren’t intended to illuminate an entire area or be the brightest source of light in a room. Instead, accent lighting highlights a feature already placed somewhere by lighting up the area around it. It draws the eye toward a specific point without overpowering it.
Accent lighting doesn’t have to only be used when highlighting an interior feature, however. It’s perfectly viable to use it outdoors as a means to cast light on a specific plant or to make a walkway around your home more appealing.
What Types of Accent Lighting Are Available?
Luckily, there isn’t exactly a shortage of available forms of accent lighting. You’ve got a wide range of selections to choose from depending on the area you’re trying to illuminate – both indoors and out.
- Track Lighting is a good way to spotlight a few different things on a flat surface (like a wall) from the front. These lights are multi-directional, so you can change them around to fit the specific needs you may have.
- Floodlights work well outside. They draw the eye in naturally to a surrounding flat area of land without being too harsh.
- Backlights can be extremely useful in the kitchen. Use them to add a softer glow behind a wall or on the back of an object you want to highlight.
- Lamps, even though you might not see them as such, can be extremely useful as accent lights.
Keep in mind that less is more. You’re not trying to drench something in a deluge of light, rather, you’re aiming to keep it just dim enough to where the viewer’s eye is drawn to it without being forced to do so. It’s always better to have too little accent lighting than too much, as too much can conflict with the overall light staging you’ve got set up in your home.
Accent lighting can add some much-needed directional light sources to your home, both inside and outside. If done carefully, you’ll be able to transform your interior with just a few minor additions. If you’re not sure how to go about adding accent lighting, or if you’d just prefer to let professionals handle it, give Electric Today a call at 813-653-4221 and schedule an appointment to let us handle your accent-lighting needs!