8 Ways to Use Task Lighting
Give any room the feel of function with the right task lighting for, well, just about any task
Every kitchen, no matter how spacious or small, needs efficient task lighting. This is as much from a safety point of view as anything else. You’ll need direct lighting wherever any food preparation is taking place - worktops, sinks and hobs - to make sure chopping and cooking can be done safely and without shadows. While usually providing a secondary source of light, overhead lighting - such as a chandelier or pendants - is a great option for islands.
These sleek, pivoting wall lights provide a high light level perfect for nighttime reading. Install one on each side of the bed - this way your spouse won’t be disturbed if you decide to stay awake late to read a book or finish that report.
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A separate seating area is the perfect place for an illuminating light fixture of its own. This cosy lounging spot has plenty of light for reading. When natural light isn’t an option, the swing-arm lamp provides the perfect amount of task light.
Make sure to have lighting by the desk so reading over documents or balancing your accounts doesn’t put a strain on your eyes.
Spotlights fit well with kitchen task lighting as cupboard and shelving lights. Install them on the wall beneath the cabinetry, under the cabinetry themselves or even inside so finding ingredients is easy.
For those who prefer to read and work in bed, task lighting is for you. This type of lighting includes any fixtures, such as table lamps and swing-arm lamps, that are primarily used to illuminate a specific area or task.
If your bedroom also has to serve as your office, consider the double-duty nightstand. Once you’ve finished using your lamp to light your workspace, you can just tilt it towards the bed for a spot of bedtime reading.
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Stainless steel door frame cabinets feature integrated task lighting and electrical outlets over the countertop, leaving a bright and uninterrupted splash back. Undermounted options are perfect for prep areas, but be sure to look for recessed or semi-recessed options, as exposed light fittings will collect grease and dirt more easily.
Create the illusion of visual height by adding lighting to the top layer of cabinetry in your kitchen. It will make your space feel larger by guiding your eye upward and cutting out dark shadows that may otherwise concentrate near the ceiling.
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