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Different Types Of Lighting

 Different Types Of Lighting

General lighting is the main source of illumination for the room.  It is also called ambient lighting.  For the purpose of illuminating the whole room you can use chandeliers, track lighting or ceiling-mounted fixtures.  General lighting replaces daylight at night.   

Task lighting is meant for a specific activity, like reading, cooking and hobbies.  Floor and table lamps or track lighting are best for this purpose.  Position the light so that the bottom of the lamp shade is on the eye level.  Avoid eyestrain by not letting your eyes meet direct light. Accent lighting focuses on special accents, like paintings or art pieces and helps decorate the room.  It can highlight sculptures, plants and other focal points of the room. 

Accent lighting is usually as bright as the general lighting, but concentrated on one small area.  Wall-mounted fixtures, sconces and decorative table lamps are usually used for accents in decorating. 

The quickest way to redecorate your room is to change a lampshade.  There are many shapes to choose from and each can offer a new, unique look. 

Empire lampshade is great for any lamp.  Its round, but a bit flared at the base.  For the best result, pick a small light bulb that will be covered by the shade.  Oval shade is wide enough to spread the light around.  The base for this lamp should not be too thin.  Drum lampshade is a cylinder.  It looks very modern and is great for highlighting a piece of art above it.   

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Bell-shaped shade is classic in shape.  It will give the room coziness and sophistication.  Choose this lampshade for a Victorian look.  Coolie shade has a balanced look and is shaped like a hat.  It can look great on a short, decorative base.  A square lampshade is modern and will make a good focal point when combined with a tall base.

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