Tips from the Experts

Before you decide between an elegant crystal chandelier and a masculine alabaster fixture, there are a few other factors you should consider first. According to some top lighting designers in the industry, the biggest mistake their clients make is they do not think ahead. Before each of our designers hand selects the perfect lighting fixture for each of our clients, there are many factors involved in making that decision. Where is the light going? How big is the room? Do you have any other lighting in that room? How much traffic do you usually have in this room? The answers to these questions provide us with all the information we need to find lighting that is both functional and stylish, and we are happy to pass our years of experience onto you.

What you first need to realize is that there are four different types of lighting; ambient lighting, task lighting, accent lighting, and decorative lighting. Ambient lighting is a term used to describe the use of light to illuminate an object or background in a deliberate manner to evoke a certain mood or emotion. It is the act of creating a soft and warm glow of light, without a glare. You would consider using ambient lighting in a room to allow the mood to be inviting, or intimate. Some great ways to create ambient lighting are through the use of wall sconces and torchiers (standing lamps without a shade, with a glass dome that directs the light up to the ceiling). Table Lamps with darker shades, that better diffuse light, are also a great way to create ambience. This type of lighting is pivotal when illuminating a dining area. We always recommend adding a pair of wall sconcesor buffet lamps to a dining room to create a subtle glow of light aside from the main source, usually found over the table. This technique is known as layering, which we will discuss in further detail a bit later.

The second type of lighting is called task lighting. Task Lighting is a term used to describe the act of illuminating a particular work are with the maximum amount of light. This lighting is directed at a high traffic area in which bright lights are needed for every day activities. A good example of task lighting would be under the cabinet lighting, useful in illuminating the workspace in your kitchen. This is an area where mood and décor are less important than functionality.

The third type of lighting is accent lighting. Accent Lighting draws attention to a single item, and accentuates it. For example, we might use two wall sconces on either side of a portrait to bring it to life. Or, we might use low voltage path lights to illuminate an outdoor statue or birdbath so it jumps out of the garden and is the first thing to catch your eye. Accent Lighting is necessary in various parts ofthe home, but typically used in living areas, bedrooms and dining rooms.

The last type of lighting is decorative lighting. Decorative Lighting is the type of lighting that most of us are familiar with. We find a light that looks nice and matches our curtains, and we buy it. Decorative lighting is the type of lighting fixture that becomes part of your décor.

At Lighting New York, our goal is to help you choose the perfect lighting fixtures that will cover all four aspects of illumination. We are reachable my e-mail twenty four hours a day, and are standing by to serve you better. We encourage you to contact us with any questions you might have, as we are trained professionals with centuries of experience among us all.

Good Luck & Happy Shopping!