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Closer Look: Task Light


Happy Friday everyone!

Welcome to our design blog.


In this week's blog, we are going to be continuing our Closer Look series to talk about task lighting. If you haven't read our previous blog about the layers of light, I recommend reading that first. We also have another blog post discussing ambient light.

As stated in our Layers of Light blog, task light is the specialized light in areas where the user is performing a specific task. Task lighting typically has a higher lumen output in order to prevent eye strain. This type of light fixture is usually adjustable, and the technical details of the light source tend to vary by room and task. Here are some ways to achieve the right level of task light in a needed area:

1: Desk Lamp

A desk lamp, or task lamp, is the most common fixture used for task lighting. Other than using a desk lamp on a work surface like a desk, some use it on a side table in a living room or bedroom. Desk lamps almost always have adjustable arms to help the user customize the light angle to suit their needs. Desk lamps are inherently utilitarian, but newer styles can be used to add a unique flare to a room as seen in the image above. The same principles can be applied to a floor lamp, too.

2. Pendant Light

Pendant lights are most commonly used in the kitchen above an island, peninsula, or sink. As you might guess, they are used to light tasks like eating, prepping food, school work, or washing dishes. Depending on the fixture style and performance, pendants could be considered as decorative lighting instead of task lighting.

3. Wall Sconce

Wall sconces are a great way to add task light in a space without taking up table or counter space. In the image above, for example, the wall sconces are fixed to the bookshelves to add lighting when you pull a book off the shelf. They can also be used in a bathroom on either side of the mirror to provide ample task lighting and eliminate shadows caused by the ambient light in the space. Wall sconces can also add decorative value to a space, too.

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 for when we take a closer look at accent and decorative lighting!

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