Lighting Planning

Make your next lighting project easy with our lighting guide. Good lighting can make tasks, such as cooking, working on crafts, or simply reading, more enjoyable; lighting can create a certain atmosphere and can be a measure of safety. Learn how to evaluate the rooms and spaces in your home to decide what types of lighting you need and where it will need to be placed. Since different rooms are used for different purposes, they will have specific lighting needs. We'll guide you through the process of lighting planning, making it easy and efficient. Get ready to plan lighting for your spaces by starting with a basic understanding of the three layers of lighting. Ambient is the layer of light that illuminates the space overall, accent lighting highlights certain features or points in a room, and the third layer, task lighting, sheds light on specific area to make a task easier. Once you've determined what kind of lighting you need and where it needs to go, you can start deciding on light fixtures and choosing lamps, lampshades, chandeliers, sconces, and more to make your lighting as beautiful as it is functional.


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Room Lighting
  • 12 Bathroom Lighting Ideas

    A dozen well-lit bathrooms offer a range of ideas for illumination. The end result is a bathroom that works and loo...

  • Bedroom Lighting Ideas

    What are your bathroom lighting goals? Comfort? Relaxation? Romance? Use lighting to your advantage to create that...

  • Choosing a Light Fixture

    We sort through the options in light fixtures to help you find the right one. The end result is light that enhances...

  • Dining Room Chandelier Height

    How big – or how little -- of a chandelier will work in your dining room? Our guide helps you create a well-proport...

  • Living Room Lighting Ideas

    From TV night to family night, movie time to homework, various living room lighting helps you enjoy your space even...

  • Rightsizing a Chandelier

    Not every chandelier works in every space. Evaluate the surface and the space you’ll be illuminating, and use our t...



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