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Versatility is Key

Lighting more than anything else can make or break your fabulous new remodel. It is an area that is often overlooked or added at the last minute once most of your budget has gone on other things. Plan your lighting with a lighting designer or Pasadena lighting contractor to achieve different looks depending on the task at hand or the time of day. You may be doing a craft or sewing project and want to can see well to do the task at hand. But once that job is over, adjustable lighting lets you turn that same space into a place to relax and unwind. Layering your lighting gives you freedom to adjust your lighting in different ways.


It is no good going to your Pasadena lighting contractor with great lighting plans if you haven’t allowed enough in your budget to cover them. Lighting can have the most impact on the final look of your new space so don’t skimp on it. A Pasadena lighting designer of professional lighting contractor can help you create a design that is functional as well as visually interesting. Good lighting designers layer light like interior designers layer color, texture and fabric.

There are three primary layers of lighting and it is important to understand the difference and how they work together.


Ambient means surrounding or encircling. Ambient lighting simply means general lighting and is the most basic of the three types, but the anchor for the other lighting layers. It provides overall comfortable illumination and is typically provided by ceiling mounted lights, such as track lights, recessed downlights, pendants or chandeliers, and wall sconces that wash the walls with light. When you come home and flick a switch, you want your ambient lighting to come on first.


Task lighting adds that extra boost of brightness that you need when focusing on particular activities like cooking, reading, sewing, studying or applying makeup. Task lighting should be free of glare and distracting shadows. It may be part of the overall lighting system such as pendant lights or under counter cabinet lighting for your kitchen counters, and can also be added through table, floor and desk lamps. Your lamps will also add style and interest to your décor. Discuss with your lighting designer or lighting contractor any specific tasks that will need focussed lighting.


Accent or directional lighting is usually used to highlight decorative objects or architectural features such as paintings, sculptures, houseplants or a decorative range hood. It can be used to stunning effect outdoors to draw the eye to a particular tree or plant or landscape feature. Accent lighting is not the main focus and is in fact meant to work without being seen, if that makes sense. Recessed or track lighting is often used for accent lighting with adjustable fittings that allow the light to be focused precisely.


Dimmers are the simplest and most wonderful way to create an inviting, warm interior. Once you have planned your lighting layers with your Pasadena lighting designer or lighting contractor, consider which areas of your new interior would benefit from being able to control the lighting intensity. By making each layer independently dimmable you can create an endless variety of visual scenes and moods.