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Closer Look: Ambient Light


Happy Friday everyone!

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In this week's blog, we are going to be taking a closer look at ambient light. If you haven't read our previous blog about the layers of light, I recommend reading that first.

As stated in our Layers of Light blog, ambient light is the general, overall light in a room that makes any task achievable without a glare or specified target. Due to its low lumen output, ambient light is often referred to as mood lighting and is primarily used for task and accent lighting in a space. Here are some ways to achieve the right level of ambient light in any space:

1: Recessed lighting

Recessed lighting is the most common fixture used for ambient light. The image above shows this type of lighting being used in a kitchen. Since kitchens are a highly used space, adequately lighting for all parts of the kitchen is very important. Recessed lighting is great for eliminating dark areas caused by task and accent lighting.

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2. Chandelier

Installing a chandelier in the center of a furniture grouping is a great way to achieve ambient light that is also decorative. Depending on the type of fixture, a dimmer switch might be useful to lessen the glare from the light bulbs.

3. Daylight

Daylight can be classified as ambient light in rooms that are primarily used during the daytime, such as a home office. Because of its many benefits, daylight should be used in as many spaces as possible. If you haven't read our blog about daylighting, check it out!

Always remember, lighting is a crucial part of any space's aesthetic. Lighting can also have a drastic impact on the occupant's mood and emotions. Come back soon when we take an in depth look at task lighting!

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