The 3 Types of Modern Lighting Every Room Needs



When picking out lighting to accentuate your home, the key is to use an array of different types of lighting. In order for your décor in every room to create maximum impact, your home should be properly illuminated with layered lighting. These layers include ambient or general lighting, accent lighting and task lighting, each with strengths.

Many homeowners make the mistake of expecting one type of lighting to be sufficient. However, ambient, task and general lighting all meet a particular need. When they’re used properly in accordance with one another, you’ll find that the aesthetic appeal of your room is intensified. Our lighting experts have provided a breakdown of what each type of lighting is used for and how you can best implement it in your home.

  1. Ambient Lighting (General Lighting)

Ambient lighting is the most widely recognised type of lighting. Ambient light refers to more general lighting that illuminates the whole room. In most homes, when you step into a room and turn on the switch, this is what you will get. It’s intended to create a uniform level of light across the whole space, without need for any additional target lighting. There are many forms of ambient lighting, with most common being a ceiling-mounted fixture and bulb with a shade. LED recessed downlights have also become a popular option in recent years due to their aesthetic appeal.

They’re also a lot more energy efficient than traditional lightbulbs. Wall sconces or floor-lamp torchieres can also be used to illuminate your walls. These can be used alongside cove or valance lighting fixtures, which bounces light off ceilings and walls to make sure that the whole room is properly highlighted with no shaded areas. You’ll also want to install a dimmer switch so that you can control the brightness of your ambient lighting at certain times of the day.

  1. Task Lighting


Task lighting is more focused than ambient lighting. You need task lighting in areas where work surfaces are used for a specific function, such as the kitchen or study. Task lighting allows you to carry out activities such as chopping vegetables properly in all light conditions. Even if the rest of the room is dimly lit, you’ll be able to see what you’re doing clearly with task lighting.

Pendant and track light are some of the most popular task lighting options for the kitchen. They can be used for both style and functionality. Pendant lights can be hung individually over certain work spaces, while track lights can be used to illuminate the dark spaces under cupboards. Task lighting is also helpful in the bathroom in order to light up the vanity mirror and provide adequate brightness when you’re shaving or applying makeup.

  1. Accent Lighting

Accent lighting or highlighting is done to draw attention to particular parts of your room such as an area where you’re displaying a bookcase, sculpture or piece of artwork. It can also be used outside the house to highlight a certain tree or a water feature while accentuating the surrounding landscape. Recessed or track lighting is best for accent lighting. If there’s one particular object that you want to draw attention to, then you should opt for accent lighting with adjustable fittings so that it can be focused.



Planning layers of light in your room

When you’re choosing lighting for your home and planning the various layers of light that will be used, it makes sense to consider the ambient light first, before choosing task and accent lighting. This way, you can move from general to specific, which will be especially helpful when you’re dealing with rooms that are task-orientated such as the kitchen.

The office is the only room where you might want to focus on task lighting first. in a hallway where you’re displaying a lot of photos or artwork, you might also want to put accent lighting in place before anything else to make sure that these decorative pieces are displayed in the best possible way.


It’s important to think about how you use a space and what you do in specific rooms before choosing the most appropriate lighting. By following these tips, you’ll be able to find lighting that’s both practical and stylish enough to enhance the overall appearance of your décor scheme. If you’re in any need of assistance choosing the best lighting for your home, then our team here at Contemp are happy to provide you with some helpful insight.