November 03, 2021 - BY Admin

How to Layer Lighting

Lighting a space may not be as basic as you'd might suspect, yet it doesn't have to be complicated. We can achieve comfort, utility and beauty by using layered lighting: Ambient lighting to give general brightening and comfort, task lighting for specific tasks, and accent lighting to dress up any room. How do we do it? Here's the secret! 


As a first step, you have to start with your most significant layer which is ambient lighting. General or ambient lighting is intended to light up a room in its entirety. It gives a uniform level of enlightenment throughout the space. Moreover, its purpose is to ensure safe and easy traffic, just as to make an outline of the room.

This is the basic, it is good enough to get the gist of a space and perform basic activities, but it might not be bright enough or focused enough for more specialized undertakings, which brings us to task lighting

Square footage matters : when choosing recessed lighting for ambient illumination , approximately one light every 4 square feet of ceiling is a good starting point . Always keep in mind that your needs may vary depending on the circumstances such as failing vision  or architectural obstruction. In this case your space may need more lumens to be adequately lit.   


More specialized than ambient lighting, the second layer is task lighting and is applicable in any room of your home. It can be used as kitchen undercabinet lighting so you can see clearly while cooking or baking, or in home offices as a bright desk lamp for working, reading and writing with ease. However, task lighting is also in the bathroom as the all-important vanity light for example for doing make up and shaving, and in the bedroom, a bedside reading lamp counts in this category.

While task lighting has a work-oriented purpose, the part of personality and character can be accomplished with accent lighting.


Accent lighting emphasizes objects by focusing light directly on them. It is used to create dramatic effects or to highlight special spaces such as artwork, fireplaces, plants, textured walls, or architectural details. So, its main idea is to highlight the item’s characteristics, depth and dimension.

As a general rule, accent lighting should be three times brighter than the surrounding ambient lighting for maximum impact.