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Creating Lighting Schemes
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Lighting schemes can dramatically change the effects of a
particular space. With a little touch of light, you can have the
power to create dynamic design to an existing structure. Lighting
schemes can be applied to landscape, outbuildings and interior and
exterior space within your home. Creating a lighting scheme can be
done on your own with the proper knowledge, or you can hire a
professional lighting designer. A professional has the skills to
incorporate your personal tastes, interior and exterior space, and
your budget to create a wonderful lighting plan for your home.
There are many ways to illuminate interior space, giving it a three
dimensional appeal. Depending on your personal décor, there are
several unique lighting fixtures to select from. Some prefer to use
spot light fixtures on stairwells, basements, and other commonly
used areas. Others enjoy halogen lighting, especially for kitchens.
For those of you that prefer to incorporate eye appeal, chandeliers
and beautiful light shade fixtures are available. Each room in your
house should be treated uniquely with its use of light. Keep in mind
that lighting can be both functional and beautiful.
Like interior space, it takes planning and creativity to achieve a
successful design with out door lighting. But also note that is can
be exciting to bring life to your pool, your garden, your back
patio, your BBQ area, or even your beautifully landscaped walk way.
Pillar illuminates, fixed or movable, are very common for out door
lighting. With this particular fixture, there are many different
designs and materials to choose from. Also, out door stair lights
serve as a practical and enhancing lighting element. Browse through
all of the available fixtures and seek to enhance your architectural
Selecting the fixture is the fun part. It is often difficult to
develop an effective lighting plan for your interior and exterior
space. Consider seeking advice from a professional lighting designer
for help with your plan. There are specific ways to make use of
space by light. We all want our beautiful property to be enhanced
with illumination, but it shouldn't be a free fall of misplaced
fixtures. Also, with interior lighting, you need to consider not
only the source of the light, but all of the materials in the room
There is no limit when it comes to lighting, only visual depths. If
you are a new home owner, constructing a new building or simply
remodeling a room, make sure to put as much time aside for lighting
as you would for your foundation. Every aspect of home improvement
plays a vital role in the final appearance. Lighting is creative and
adjustable so use it to your advantage and as a way to establish the
tone of your home. Keep in mind; it is often worth paying for a
qualified lighting contractor to develop a design for your home to
ensure that your space is given the illuminating appeal you desire
Types of Light
• Ambient Lighting: General, all-purpose lighting.
• Indirect Lighting: (Up lighting) Lighting that is directed upward,
often reflecting off of a ceiling or other surface. It reduces glare
in the area being lighted and creates fewer shadows.
• Accent Lighting: Emphasizes objects by focusing light directly on
them. Includes all lighting that is primarily aesthetic in purpose.
• Task Lighting: Lighting that is specially designed for intended
illumination to a specific surface or area. Provides light for
• Wall Wash Lighting: Lighting that illuminates an entire wall to
bring out the beauty of wall coverings, large pieces of art,
fireplaces, or books.